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Old 02-04-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Install Vented Washer/Dryer Montana 343RL

I just finshed installing a Splendide 2100XC vented W/D in my 2011 Montana High Country 343RL. This diatribe may save you some time as neither Keystone no Splendide knew how to do it. There are probably other ways, but this one worked. Photos of the process are available for me at atanchor2@msn.com. Happy RVing. Sorry this is so long.


General Preparation

Do all your prep work first. If you didn’t buy the VENT KIT with the washer, go get one. Also, go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy a 90deg vent pipe metal elbow, 4” hose clamp, two (2) 90 deg water hose connectors, tube of clear silicone caulk, and 8 feet of ˝” outside corner molding (optional). Remove the bedroom door, you will need the clearance. Remove the lower clasps of the W/D cupboard doors. Prop the bed up. Remove two middle shelves from cupboard. Remove the molding securing the top shelf and then BREAK the shelf free. It is stapled in about 100 places. DON’T break the shelf. Prop the top shelf up ON THE LEFT side to provide better access for the next steps. Measure everything twice (at least). NOTE: You can’t write on the woodgrain wallboard even with a Sharpie, so I used strips of black tape. You can scribe a line, but that’s permanent.

Dryer Vent Preparation

Cut a 5” wide hole in the back wall centered 22 ˝” from the cupboard floor and 26” from the outside cupboard wall. Extend that cut 5” wide and 5” long hole on the outside cupboard wall (same side as water connections). This “L” shaped cut will provide needed clearance for the vent hose. Dress the raw edges with molding secured with silicone caulk (optional). Drill a 4” hole in the side wall for the vent kit where you made the 5” x 5” cut. Start inside to ouside, finish outside to inside. Caulk and insert the exterior vent piece with flapper from the outside and secure with screws. Put the outside vent cover in place and secure with screws. Secure the inside piece of the vent kit against the inside of the wall with bracket and screws. Attach the flexible vent hose to the outside vent pipe and clamp in place. Attach the 90deg vent elbow to the flexible vent hose and clamp in place.

Final Installation

Slide the W/D up the steps into the bedroom. Remove the shipping block screws and put the plugs in their place. Connect the hot and cold water hoses with the 90deg elbow to the back of the machine. Install the plastic brace for the drain on the drain hose. Attach the after market 90deg hose elbows to the water supply hoses. Mark ends of the hoses HOT and COLD for later. Bring the water hoses and the drain hose up on top of the machine and tape them in place temporarily so they don’t snag during the next step. Move the W/D up onto the floor of the cupboard. Use a ramp made from the extra cupboard shelves with a towel over it. Push the W/D back about 2/3 of the way and attach and clamp the vent elbow to the back of the W/D. Slide the W/D back carefully so the vent hose slides into the hole. Attach the water hoses and drain hose in accordance with the manual. Drop the top shelf back in place. Do not secure it permanently. It must be removable to service the vent.

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