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Old 04-09-2018, 08:23 PM   #1
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2017 Genesis 34 GS Toy Hauler with fridge in center of cabin vented down thru floor. Dust comes up, I drive lots of dirt roads, and dust works it’s way up into control area of fridge. Requiring me to remove panels to blow out so propane works properly. At bottom of vent is 1/4 mesh screen to keep critters out. Can I put some type of cloth filter to slow volume of dust and not compromise venting capacity. Vent measures about 10” x 12”. Anybody have this problem and what type of fabric could I use. Thanks for replies.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:34 PM   #2
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I would build a plenum around the intake vent underneath. You have to allow some air in to vent the heat generated by the gas/electric process. Maybe something like the air cleaners on our tow vehicles.
Since this is a toyhauler, you would think that the manufacturer would take into account dirt road towing.
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2017 Genesis 34 GS Toy Hauler with fridge in center of cabin vented down thru floor. Dust comes up, I drive lots of dirt roads, and dust works it’s way up into control area of fridge. Requiring me to remove panels to blow out so propane works properly. At bottom of vent is 1/4 mesh screen to keep critters out. Can I put some type of cloth filter to slow volume of dust and not compromise venting capacity. Vent measures about 10” x 12”. Anybody have this problem and what type of fabric could I use. Thanks for replies.



Now this has to be in the Top Ten of Worse designs. My thoughts are



1. Can you crawl under there and plug the opening with some pool noodle material?


2. A "venturi effect" plastic or fiberglass assembly attached to the vent facing so forward motion creates vacuum. I see now it is a big vent. Maybe modify one of the available ventshade products to make a reverse facing cover for it.



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2017 Genesis 34 GS Toy Hauler with fridge in center of cabin vented down thru floor. Dust comes up, I drive lots of dirt roads, and dust works it’s way up into control area of fridge. Requiring me to remove panels to blow out so propane works properly. At bottom of vent is 1/4 mesh screen to keep critters out. Can I put some type of cloth filter to slow volume of dust and not compromise venting capacity. Vent measures about 10” x 12”. Anybody have this problem and what type of fabric could I use. Thanks for replies.

How about trying a cut up residential A/C filter? I’m going to do that with ours to replace the foam A/C filters.
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That has to take the cake for the worst design in history!
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A perfect example of a engineer that designs but has never uses what they design.
Have seen it on RV's, tractors, vehicles, street sweepers, fire trucks and the list could go on. Just when I think they couldn't design anything more stupid or hard to work on you find a . This would fall into that category.

Sorry if I've offended any engineers out there. This is just coming from a mechanic with 50 years of OJT. No degree in mechanics or engineering. But have learned quite a bit from the school of hard knocks.
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Couple of issues with 'a filter'

*could disrupt the fuel/air ratio for LP Burner.......very narrow and critical
LP System pressure is ONLY 0.4 psi and the mixing of the propane/air is done via venturi affect .......most likely will be OK

**airflow across cooling unit.
Does this 'inbound' fridge location have fans on backside of fridge to enhance the airflow thru that bottom vent and then out top vent?????

IF you install a 'filter' it would have to be a low filtration type (open cell foam etc) so that adequate airflow could occur PLUS add 'additional' fans to pull air thru filters

Probably still end up with dirt/dust that would need to be blown out routinely.

Should send 'Pablo Cormona' an inquiry and ask him "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?"

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I would think about trying to mount a flat style automotive air cleaner over your vent aperture. They are designed to pass maximum air with minimum back pressure.

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Thanks for the replies, I will reach out to Genesis and see if they offer any suggestions. This does rank up there with some pretty special design/engineer work.

Periodic blowing out of back of fridge not that big of deal, have to unload the entire basement so I can crawl up in there, remove 2 access panels, twist into contortionist position (being 6'6" tall really adds to the fun of crawling up in there) crawl back out to retrieve tools I forgot, crawl back up in there, and blow it out. Then put it all back together. Maybe I could get DW to assist, technically it is inside and our agreement is she does everything inside and I do everything outside.

Will update if I hear back from Genesis.
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In lieu of any automotive style paper filters perhaps a less restrictive dust type sponge prefilter may be a better solution..seen similar set ups on washable house furnace type filters....you still need pretty wide open minimally restrictive material just trying to catch large dust and not be restrictive to un-forced air
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Could it be ducted through the basement storage area and out the side?
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You could make up some sort of shutter that you close for towing and open when you set up.
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Perhaps yet another example that the manufacturer could care less about the end user.
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