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Old 08-09-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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Camp fire smoke

how do you alleviate campfire smoke entering your coach through a running air conditioner.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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Put out the fire or shut off the AC
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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Glad to hear there is at least one other person who enjoys the outdoors but does not like a campfire.

One solution to keep smoke from blowing towards you is to chant, "I hate rabbits." That works as good as anything.
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Hmmm... I guess I assumed the A/C was a recirculating system. Perhaps not.
We haven't had that problem yet. Guess we've been lucky with the wind direction so far.
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Glad to hear there is at least one other person who enjoys the outdoors but does not like a campfire..
Me to Mick, I hate when the bedding smells smoky.
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Huh

In looking at my A/C I see no way for there to be air exchange with outside air, it is a recirculating system, unless you are using dash air. Maybe you are getting smoke in via an open vent or window.
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In looking at my A/C I see no way for there to be air exchange with outside air, it is a recirculating system, unless you are using dash air. Maybe you are getting smoke in via an open vent or window.
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I've never smelled campfire smoke inside and that includes my own fire right outside.
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Oh my God!! Where we are currently it seems like everyone has a fire going every night. I've watched new arrivals set up and the first thing they do is start up a fire, day or night. What I really hate is when they soak the wood with charcoal lighter fluid, the smoke smell is really bad til it burns off. It really ruins it because the weather here in Maine has really been nice, but you can't open the windows.
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I believe a lot of the smoky smell inside the RV is carried and transferred in on our clothing. Sitting around the fire bathes us, hair and all, in smoke, and anything we sit on or lay on gets a dose. Especially dirty, smokey clothes left in the RV. The ac circulates the smell. Really noticeable the next morning. At least that's my experience.
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Glad to hear there is at least one other person who enjoys the outdoors but does not like a campfire.

One solution to keep smoke from blowing towards you is to chant, "I hate rabbits." That works as good as anything.
I'm allergic to smoke. I never will understand all day smolders, burning trash, or camps with tiny sites with a pit in each site. Some people seem to camp only to have a fire. There is nothing I can do, except take care of myself.

This link shows a hot to cold air leak inside a rooftop RV unit. On my last used unit I could look in the inlet opening and see outside. The repair was easy.

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If you are sure you have checked all the obvious stuff I would get the cover off and do an investigation (DIY or Pro, depending on your skills).

Any vent fan, pulling or pushing, can let smoke get it. Seal them up first, before trying other things.
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Back in the 70's we had a fire going all the time, even made coffee in an old pot by percolation. Now-a-days neither of us likes the smell of the smoke and it affects our breathing. We get all stopped up and if it is sever it will be a trip to the emergency room.

Being inside with the basement air on, it eliminates 99% of the smell.

To answer the original post, I guess one could move the RV to another spot. Sometimes impossible.
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Thom and I enjoy a camp fire. We also enjoy smoking ham, chicken, tator tots and well whatever else we want to eat with wood. But davidjc is right a lot of times the smoke smell gets stuck to clothes and most do not realize it and then inside it goes. The smell of smoke sticks to everything and it's one of the hardest things to get rid of.
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I believe a lot of the smoky smell inside the RV is carried and transferred in on our clothing. Sitting around the fire bathes us, hair and all, in smoke, and anything we sit on or lay on gets a dose. Especially dirty, smokey clothes left in the RV. The ac circulates the smell. Really noticeable the next morning. At least that's my experience.
I agree. We promptly remove our campfire clothes ( once inside of course )and secure them tightly in a plastic garbage bag .
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