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Old 08-09-2013, 12:20 PM   #29
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In either case, this kinda reminds me of people that move in next to an airport and then complain about the noise, or those looking for easy access from the Interstate but don't want any road noise. Then there are the folks that want a shady spot with satellite access

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No kidding. But, I had to laugh at the shade vs satellite analogy.... because that's us!

Seriously though, let's remember that even though this discussion has broadened, the OP's question was about how to keep his AC from sucking in smoke... not how to keep others from having campfires.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #30
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We had a few smoky campfires around us a couple of nights ago - seems everyone was trying to burn wet or green wood!

Anyway, normally it isn't a problem, but this evening it was getting dreadful inside the RV and I checked each window to see if we have left it cracked open.

Eventually tracked it down to the dryer that DW was running - of course it sucks aire from inside the RV, heats it up and blows through the clothes and then exhausts out of the vent - it was creating a vacuum inside the rv causing the smokey air to enter through the front air vents! DOH!!
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #31
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I would think that if you are in a CG with fire rings, you should expect campfires. Most state and federal ones seem to have them. Some "RV resorts" even have them. First thing to do when making a reservation and you don't like campfires should be to ask.

Some CGs have a community fire ring or pit so those who would like one can attend. We stay in one like that and it is fun to sit with others that you may have never even met and swap stories.

I do agree that you should not burn garbage or green wood. Really don't see a reason for the eternal flame fire either unless it is cold during the daytime.
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If it's hot enough to run the A/C, we don't have a camp fire.
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Everyone miss understood the question we are not against fires at all it's the airconditioner that is sucking the smoke in our coach, eye watering smoke. I turned the air off and eliminated the problem but got warm inside then.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:42 PM   #34
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In which case you have a leak somewhere in your AC vent/duct

An AC system should be a closed loop and not suck air in from outside - if it is then a seal has failed and it's being very inefficient

Track down the leak and fix it an you will find your AC is also a lot more efficient.
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RV A/C units only recirculate air and do not take in any fresh air. The smoke is entering through leaks.

I hate to wind up downwind from some of the campers that immediately light off a fire and burn the thing the whole time they are camping. From the smell of the fire, they must be burning old Grandads old underwear.

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Usually if you're running your AC it's not cold enough to have a Campfire ???? Am I missing something ?
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TdogKing it's called camping
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Definately sounds like the OP has a leak in the AC system.

As for the rest of the conversation:

This sounds like the apples and oranges thing. I love to camp...and I love to go "RVing".

When camping, we cook on the fire, get as dirty as we can and have endless adventures in the woods. When RVing, we dress just a little nicer, use real dishes and go out to dinner .

Different CG's for different activities.
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Ever see a motor home that floats? These things are not air-tight.

Fountain, if you have a foam or other type of AC filter, you have a closed AC system and it should not draw outside air in. If you have eye watering smoke, you are either using an exhaust fan that sucks air in or you have a massive air leak. I've also heard that saying "I hate rabbits" works. Or... you could bring me with you. No matter where I stand or sit, smoke finds me.
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Check around slide seals (assuming you have them). They may need a push to get them in the right position. Read somewhere after a waxing, the seals wouldn't grab properly and weren't quite sealing tightly.
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A little talc (baby powder) on the slide seals will lubricate them. Same principle they use for exam gloves.
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I didn't intend to cross anyone wrong I was asking about a issue I have and needed help. If you don't like fires that's your business I consider a fire part of camping but that's me. Any way thanks for the help I'll take a look at my air conditioner.
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