Never never land...Never EVER count on a job being fairly easy in these things.......

I THOUGHT....yeah..this is what I get for thinking...
that this was going to be a fairly easy job to do on this heater duct that is crushed by the frame of the couch/bed. Now, looking over this couch and how it is bolted together with no working room anywhere to dismantle it and then get it back together, I decided that was not happening. (I am reminded of Lakota's comment on ablog about an RV being built around a cabinet. I think this RV was built around this couch. LOL)

I was able to get the duct out from under the frame with not too much trouble,and thank goodness for small miracles there were no tears or holes, then ran it over the frame. But, as soon as you put the couch back into position from a bed the couch top frame was crushing it. Not near as much, but I no likey that.

So, I thought of notching the frame enough to fit the duct...but there is no working room to do that and it would weaken it. Nope.

Last resort, the old shag carpet had to go away at some point, it's filthy and stinky with mouse pee/droppings. I knew that was going to be a job. Little did I realize just how bad it would be......


There are TWO layers of carpeting there,(WHY??) just like the wheel well cover, and a half inch of foam underlay beneath that. If I take that out, it will give a couple inches of room for that duct.
Uh huh...yeah. Off to work I go on it. Staples and glue and nails...oh my! And let's deal with wiring that is nailed to the floor through the carpeting in a highly difficult place to get to, that leads to a screwed in pump of some kind for a city water hook up. (I think)

Two hours I worked on that and it is no where near done. Sweating profusely because of the high humidity and less than a foot of working space I have to crawl into. Just to fix a crushed section of duct. Blimey!!


Probably could reduce the size of the duct, but then I would have to adjust the vent hook up etc. to accommodate that and I don't think it's a good idea to reduce the airflow.

I've started it, I might as well bite the bullet and finish it. I'll need more blades for the utility knife soon. ;-)

Good news, we did get some rain. Enough that the grasshoppers should get a quenching. ;-)

And a thought just occurred to me. Who says the duct and register vent has to stay where it is? It's mine now, I can do what the heck I want. Maybe....I can relocate that and solve the whole danged problem.

Hmmmm.......I'll be back. :)

The following is an added edit after I took a look at something:


Make believe the cardboard box in the picture is a small wood box constructed to house the register vent and duct.  Imagine the grey duct in the picture not being visible, that will have to be cut down some. There is just enough room between the couch and the wall to build a box to redirect this vent/duct.  Can anyone think of a reason this will be a bad idea?  If it works, it's going to save me a ton of work and I'll like it much better for accessibility too.

This would also make for a nice little shelf to set "stuff" on.

Whatcha' think ya'll?

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Comment by Ken and Cindy Haney on June 13, 2017 at 7:40pm
Hi Tina, on your shelf thing I think you will have a nice end table that is also a vent. Good thinking.
Comment by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 7:39pm

Edit that last post, the vent does NOT center on the housing.  I'll try to load a pic later to show what I got.

Comment by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 7:38pm

Well, wuddya know.....I found one in the "junk drawer" of the RV where my brother kept all the itty bitty stuff.  LOL  I might go ahead and order one just in case one gets left behind.

Thanks all.  :)

This moving of the duct and register vent is turning into a problem. I have exactly 5 3/4" to work with building a box, or the couch/bed will hit it as it is moved up or down.  The size of the duct (4") and the housing that it fits into to adapt to a rectangular register is not working out real well. The vent does center on that housing,.  It's weird  This is going to take some more thinking for sure. I've looked at reducers, I've even looked for round vents....not sure what I'm going to do there yet.  Something will hit me, just probably not tonight as tired as I am from that carpeting ordeal.  

Comment by Russ Johnson on June 13, 2017 at 5:59pm

I should have waited, LOL. Tina knows what to get now for sure. And yes brilliant minds will sail right along.

Comment by Dawn Michelle on June 13, 2017 at 5:55pm

Hahah Russ - brilliant minds think alike!

Comment by Russ Johnson on June 13, 2017 at 5:54pm

There will not be a pressure regulator, Tina. That is something you have to purchase and attach to your fresh water hose. Here is a link to the one I got:

Comment by Dawn Michelle on June 13, 2017 at 5:48pm

Oh, and there are fancier regulators with gauges - we used this type the two years we full-timed back 10 years ago and they worked just fine so saw no reason to go fancier with an older rig...maybe these newer ones that have washing machines and icemakers in the fridges?

Comment by Dawn Michelle on June 13, 2017 at 5:46pm

Pressure regulator: - look around anything you found in the bays from the PO - it might still be attached to the water hose.  It's standard RV equipment.  If you don't have one - order two :-)  They are very easy to leave at the RV sites because you attach them between the camp spigot and your water hose.  

Comment by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 5:43pm

Just occurred to me, maybe that faucet is to drain my fresh water tanks. DOH!

Comment by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 5:41pm

I know I saw something on the outside the other day that said "city water", and it's on the side where the sink is if I remember correctly. I'll look for that tomorrow and see if there a pressure regulator anywhere near it too.



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