Last year I bought a dryer vent kit and pulled my Splendid W/D from its location and took the time to replace the original outside vent. You’ve seen the type, it has 3 or so louvers that open when the dryer is on and the damp hot air flows through those vanes and out into the air. This original vent was in bad shape since the vanes began to break and wound up missing. The vanes are only held in place by a small plastic post and its a miracle that the thing held together as long as it did.
Last year mind you I bought a new vent kit. It was white in color and it had the conventional vanes and I figured that if the first one lasted for 7 years that this one should last for at least that long however boy was I disappointed.
Just looking at the replacement vent on the coach one could see that it cracked in all four corners and one of the vanes was missing and another cracked in two.
I got a ladder so I could fit a spare vanes that I had from a previous vent and when I went to grab the vent my finger went right through the side of the frame. I could not believe that the sun just totally ate the thing up to the point where this device had absolutely no structural integrity at all.
I will soon be installing a new vent kit which I hope to document here in a follow on Blog.
Next project will be the removal of the Batwing antenna and the installation of a new “Jack” antenna. I hope to take you through that procedure step by step.
So I’ve got a little work ahead of me and I expect that the vent kit will be the most difficult. In the end that should be a no vane, downward facing chrome exhaust duct. I’m hoping that not only will it look nice but it’ll last more than a year in the South Carolina sun.
I’m also excited about getting a Jack antenna working. Just for laughs when we got home this afternoon, I wound up the batwing (has a wing man on it) and tuned on the amp and scanned for channels. I was amazed that I got as many as 23 channels over the air here in Myrtle Beach and I didn’t even aim the antenna. If the jack works as well or better, I expect that will be something to see and I hope to document that as well.
I use a Magnavox DTV tuner. Not the sharpest tack in the box at the moment but I want to see how much better a new antenna will work.
Stay tuned for new material coming up over the next few days.