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Old 08-19-2022, 10:08 AM   #1
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Have questions about cutting dryer vent hole in coach.

Has anyone done it? I have a 2006 Monaco Camelot. installing a dryer. It has the water drain and power plumbed but not a dryer vent to the outside.
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Old 08-19-2022, 10:22 AM   #2
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Find your spot...mark center, drill small holes in the wall 1/2" deep out each direction 1/2" apart to make sure you won't hit studs...drill 1/4" pilot hole through wall inside out...on outside use your hole saw in reverse to score gel coat (prevents chipping) forward and drill your hole.

Easy peasy have done a bunch of them. IF you hit stud you may have to go a little of center, too much of a kink will result in clogged vent from drying.
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Old 08-19-2022, 10:25 AM   #3
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You can use a good magnet to find the stud.
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:09 AM   #4
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Tim -- The studs are aluminum ---
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:16 AM   #5
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Tim -- The studs are aluminum ---
Hi Bill,
I found the frame on the inner most part of my kitchen slide with a magnet. I guess there is a part in there that is steel? (I was hanging a magnetic knife rack)
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:18 AM   #6
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After reading here.. some members suggest using stud finder.. not my idea.. so I would use stud finder.. and I like opinion on also using magnet.. map out studs with painters tape.. I use 4 in hole saw.. from outside in.. after mapping studs .. then drill tiny hole from inside to out.. leave 1/8 bit in hole.. go outside.. always double checking where studs are.. tape about 8 in square around center hole with painters tape. Then from outside to in.. find center hole and drill out slowly..
There are stud finders with ac. Circuit sensor.. maybe that will warn you if any wiring.. maybe not.. in any case.. I would disconnect all power to coach.. and use all safety precautions..
Good luck and keep us posted
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:20 AM   #7
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The best thing to use is a 4 inch hole saw -- Make sure the pilot bit is short enough so that it does not penetrate the outside skin @ the beginning -- ( Saw from the inside out ) saw just enough to go thru the paneling-- Peel the paneling off the wall, & see if you`re missing the framing -- If so keep sawing -- If not, move over a bit -- This way you`re not in danger of screwing up the out side skin -- Bill Willard
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I found the frame on the inner most part of my kitchen slide with a magnet. I guess there is a part in there that is steel? (I was hanging a magnetic knife rack)
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Tim -- I`ve cut some holes thru the sides of our 07 Camelot & all the framing was aluminum -- I`ve worked on some cheaper coaches where some of it was wood, some steel -- Depends on the manufacturer -- Worked in the RV trade for 25 years, so seem most every thing -- Bill Willard
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2002 Windsor and above have a full steel cage so using a strong magnet would work.


I'd suggest drilling a small hole on the inside of the coach. Take a piece of wire and probe in all directions to see if you hit any obstructions. Move hole if necessary and try again.



Where does the OP want to put the hole, maybe a picture and others might be able to comment on if their dryer vent is in the same place.
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I think new dryers are sold vent or ventless. I went with vent type.
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Old 08-20-2022, 10:59 AM   #11
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Dynastys are a welded monoque framing. Windsors, Camelot's etc are a bolted on aluminum upper structure. No tag, less weight. But a good stud finder that locates wiring will do. Or drill a hole near your intended center and stick a wire in it until you hit the studs on both sides. They also ran some diagonals. You can see the dew condense on all of the framing during cool mornings. I took pictures of mine when it was dewed up, if that's a word, for future reference.
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Yes. As others have said, it's relatively easy. So easy a dealer can do it.
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I did my Dads 97 Dynasty but I had my 95 Dynasty for a reference.
I agree with starting with small holes from the inside first and I used a 1/16 drill bit to check the area for studs we also found a angled stud or brace so had to move up about 1” to clear that one.
Certainly would be great if you could find another coach like yours to take some measurements from for a start.
I’ve attached some pictures of the plug I cut out and you can see the green tape template and then how I had to move it higher when I found the angle brace.
By the way it was a 4” hole and a splendide washer/dryer installed
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Hole may be pre-centered

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Has anyone done it? I have a 2006 Monaco Camelot. installing a dryer. It has the water drain and power plumbed but not a dryer vent to the outside.
Hi, hope you are successful with this project.
Just to advise that we have a 2002 HR Admiral and I installed a W/D unit and cut a hole for it. LOOK for a small drill hole in the vicinity of the vent. Monaco/HR pre drilled this for you so there is no danger you will hit a stud. Ours also had a label, but it was hard to read.
Put you hole saw drill bit so that it is centered and go.
Hope this helps.
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