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Old 09-29-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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I put a hole in my Dolphin!!!

But it's not what you think.

Very soon after picking up our 2008 Dolphin DL34b I noticed that the Microwave/Convection overhead oven vent was not venting outside but blowing hot air back into the coach. To my surprise this new and improved model Dolphin did not have a outside vent. Why would that be? To save some $$$, was it over looked or was it because the company was on it's way out?
Once back home from our west coast adventure, I started looking at other RV's and noticed that not all are vented outside. Still not sure why it wasn't vented out, I knew that I wanted mine vented out, so that's what I did.
I cut the hole. Sure glad that it came out good.

Now all the Hot, greasy and sometime smelly air is sent outside.
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Nice job!!
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:41 PM   #3
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Wow, I would never have believed that a MH Microwave did not vent to the outside! If I ever trade, that will now be the FIRST thing I look at. Makes me wonder if there are other features that were neglected Rook
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Millions of apartments all over the globe have no outside venting for cooking appliances or clothes dryers. It's not a necessity. I prefer not to have a dedicated hole in the motorhome for either one.



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Even my lowly truck camper has a stove vent, and in the limited square footage on an RV it is much more important than a typical house, unless of course, you don't cook on the stove top.

Good idea and very clean install, naysayers notwithstanding.
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Millions of apartments all over the globe have no outside venting for cooking appliances or clothes dryers. It's not a necessity. I prefer not to have a dedicated hole in the motorhome for either one.
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Yeah, I had one of those cheap apts. many years ago when I was in the Air Force and short on cash.....the ceiling and walls in the kitchen were quickly coated with sticky grease scum and dirt!! So, why would you want that! Rook
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Nice job and really looks professional.
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Yeah, I had one of those cheap apts. many years ago when I was in the Air Force and short on cash.....the ceiling and walls in the kitchen was quickly coated with sticky grease scum and dirt!! So, why would you want that! Rook

Nobody that I know would want that kind of filth, and it doesn't have to be that way. Our house is 11 years old and has never had an external vent over the kitchen stove. We've had an over-the-range microwave with minimally-effective grease traps the entire time. The white kitchen ceiling has been repainted once, about 7 years ago. It certainly requires a different set of cooking techniques than an external vent with powerful fans, but it's not difficult at all.

This is entirely a matter of personal preference. It can be done either way, and neither is wrong or right. An unvented cooktop does not guarantee a filthy ceiling, just as a vented cooktop does not guarantee a clean ceiling.



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Those vents can and do rattle a lot so some are deleting them so there's less noise inside.
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One year, on the way to Florida, we got caught in a winder storm with wind and temperatures in the teens ... the wind would open that flap and create a major cold draft. Had to go out and shove plastic bags in it to keep it shut.

By the looks of the stove in most MH's, I doubt they are used enough to build up grease
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