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Old 03-05-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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Is a range hood important?

I just pulled the one out of my scamp with plans to clean it up and paint it. Between the rust spots, cracks, rattly motor, etc., it isn't worth messing with. A new one is $70, no biggie.

How useful/important are they for cooking inside? It's nice having the extra room there with it gone.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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Jared most people get rid of them. They are dangerous to your noggin and they visually take up a lot of room.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:24 AM   #3
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I agree that they take up space and don't seem to do much good. BUT, they are required by building code. I'd imagine that the steel hood could handle the heat of a flare up better than the wood and fiberglass cabinet. It's one of those things that doesn't get much respect until it does it's job once then it's the greatest thing.

Do some searching around. I think some people have built some decent looking replacements and for cheaper than $70. I remember one or two of those on this forum somewhere.

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One of the neatest swaps I've seen of the vent hood and fan was done by Casita Greg. I too think it's important to keep the bottom of the cabinets grease free and the fan moves dampness directly out of the trailer. That's important during certain camping seasons. Check out this direct link: Casita Greg - Hood for 2 Burner Stove
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Mine didn't come with one from the factory so it must be a newer code requirement. That said there are tons of them for sale at most of the surplus RV sites for cheap. I was feeling left out and was going to get one until I started reading lots of RV forums and saw where most people were taking them out.
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One of the neatest swaps I've seen of the vent hood and fan was done by Casita Greg. I too think it's important to keep the bottom of the cabinets grease free and the fan moves dampness directly out of the trailer. That's important during certain camping seasons. Check out this direct link: Casita Greg - Hood for 2 Burner Stove
That is neat Donna! I have a nice window above my stove top and rarely cook inside, but if I ever have a need that is what I would do.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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We cook bacon and eggs inside virtually every day and have yet to feel the need for a vent hood though previous trailers and our motorhome have had one.

As to grease accumulation, with or without a vent, cleaning and maintenance of the cooking area is important. Accumulation of grease on the bottom service of the fiberglass cabinets does not appear to be a problem. Cleaning the innards of the vent always seemed to be a hassle.
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Donna D to the rescue.

I knew I had seen something simple put together. It's just a brownie (or similar type) pan, that was painted to match the trailer. Add a couple computer fans to pull smoke/odors/steam and the like out of the camper and you are good.

I know the microwave sits over the location for the stove in my camper and you loose it when the stove is installed. I also noticed in homes with gas ranges that the microwave is not over the stove like so many newer homes with electric ranges. When asked a contractor told me building code is 18 in clearance for electric cook top and 30 in for gas cook top.

If you use the stove more than once in a while I would keep some type of vent in place. Just maybe not something fancy or $$$.

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I've never hit my head on mine, and although i do most of my cooking outside, I find it useful to prevent the smoke alarm from going off if I make toast or even boil water.
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I removed mine and replaced it with 2-12 volt computer fans. They don't move as much air as the range hood but it's sufficient, and they're totally silent. The old range fan was so noisy I avoided turning it on. My range hood blocked my view such that I had to stoop down just to see what I was cooking. It's much more open now.
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I think the cookie sheet and computer fan solution is a clever one. if I decide at some point to get rid of mine, that is how I'd go.
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The Trillium 4500's have a window behind the stove. When the Fantastic vent is set to reverse, and the window is open, it acts like a hood fan.
Not sure about the code thing, none of the Trillium 1300's or 4500's have a range hood, including the ones built today.
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Mine didn't come with one from the factory so it must be a newer code requirement. That said there are tons of them for sale at most of the surplus RV sites for cheap. I was feeling left out and was going to get one until I started reading lots of RV forums and saw where most people were taking them out.
It is just an option. We ordered a kitchen window instead (can't have both)and like it much better.
If you open the kitchen window and run the Fantastic Fan blowing "IN", it takes the cooking odors out through the window very well,I think much better than the hood fan.
Our Scamp now has nine years of use, with only sporadic use of the stove and no ill effects or cleaning problems at all.
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One of the neatest swaps I've seen of the vent hood and fan was done by Casita Greg. . Check out this direct link: Casita Greg - Hood for 2 Burner Stove

Another one of Donna D.'s excellent links

Very nicely done solutions. I was also thinking that maybe on a hot night, with a window near the bed cracked open, they would provide a small amount of cooling breeze.
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