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Old 12-03-2022, 09:17 PM   #1
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Dryer Vent air velocity

We recently acquired a 2018 Allegro bus 45MP.

Washed clothes and ran the dryer with a very light load of shirts. They just wouldn't seem to dry after 45 minutes

Verified the lint gasket was cleaned out. With the unit running went outside and inspected the vent lid. With the dryer running the vent lid was open maybe 1/8" with low air volume flowing out. The air was warm indicating the heating element was functional. (Note: in the Photo the dryer is not running and the vent lid is closed, I forgot to get a running photo)

Wanted some feedback on how other folks units function with regards to the air volume. I'm not sure how to remove the dryer and check the exhaust path for kink or blockage.

If you put clothes in your dryer with a light load how long should it take?
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With the dryer running, that vent lid should be nearly all the way open. Try opening it with your fingers to see if it's restricted in any way. Just working with those vent caps over the years, they can become restricted by lint build up. If that's the case, a wire may enable you to remove most of the lint. If the cap opens freely, then you'll have to go inside, as in remove the dryer, to find the blockage.

If you have a scope like I have, or one that goes on a i-phone, you might be able to see something in the vent hose.

When my coach was new, I had to remove the washer to address a plumbing problem. Just one of those things you'll have to deal with.
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Old 12-04-2022, 12:20 PM   #4
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You don't have it locked in the closed position do you?

On mine, you have to lift it a little, and pull out the bottom before you turn on the dryer. Putting the bottom back in the groove before traveling stops it from flapping around.
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Locked in place

Ben,

I'll check that however when the dryer is running the vent lid is slightly open and I can lift the lid, poke my fingers in a little way. I didn't find any exit screen on the vent area.
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Ok.

Yeah, mine is about 1.5" open at the bottom when dryer is running.
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What make/model is your dryer?
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This isn't likely, but have you cleaned the lint screen inside the dryer?
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Check to see if you have an access hole to the back of the dryer, maybe in the closet. Ours has one where we can access the back of the washer/dryer. If so, you may be able to take a photo or use a scope to see if the dryer vent hose is kinked. Like others, our vent opens all the way when running and it takes about forty five minutes to an hour to dry a normal load.
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Lt Dan & everyone many thanks for the confirmation that your vent lid opens wide.

I have to imagine that the hose is kinked. We're not getting the heat an humidity in the closet indicating the hose has come off the wall vent

Coach is in the shop currently for other work I'll try to investigate that this next weekend.

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Found a door

Had a chance to visit the coach in the shop today... Wow who invented visitation rights to your own coach?

The washer and dryer are Splendide models

I did locate the access hatch on side of the cabinet. When we have it back for the next trip I'll open that and check the hose.


The shop tech and I discovered the dryer wasn't fastened to the washer or coach it simply slides around on the top of the washer...... uggg gotta secure it...
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No one seems to have mentioned the obvious - the vent hose is dirty and plugged with lint. Between a shop vac and a flexible brush, you should be able to clean it out.
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My issue with our dryer was the fan on the motor shaft fell off. The hub that the fan bolts to is just pressed onto the motor shaft. After hours of use by my DW, it eventually took out the high limit (as designed) because of low air flow. I reinstalled the hub and used a high temp epoxy, replaced the high limit and have had no issues since.
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It took me awhile to adjust to the dryer not drying like my dryer at home. Makes sense considering the RV dryer is 120V and my home unit was 240V and could dry much faster. Our RV dryer uses around 1500w which is no more then a portable electric heater. I usually allow jeans to dry flung over the shower overnight then put in dryer the next day.
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