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Old 01-20-2020, 02:59 PM   #1
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How do you do this without a ladder?

Morning All.

This past weekend I final found the source of 'banging' as we go down the road in our Tuscany 45 AT. The source is the outside vent for the oven/microwave.

I looked at it carefully and there are two tabs on each side that can be moved into a closed position to stop it flapping. However, when you arrive at the campsite you need to move the tabs out of the way so you have proper venting. The thing is, the vent is maybe 10 feet up the side. I do have a ladder in the basement but the thought of having to pull it in and out seems odd.

Anyone figured this out? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:12 PM   #2
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Electromagnetic switch.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:42 PM   #3
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Perhaps a few feet of thin dowel rod?
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:15 PM   #4
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I had those type of vents in all my TT but the one in my ACE seems to be a newer design that doesn't have that outside flap and locking tabs. Maybe replace what you have with one without locking tabs?
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:22 PM   #5
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Cool

On my old fiver I had the same problem. I had a long pull rod for the manual awning that was just right for reaching those little tabs. I kept that rod, and I now use it to pull stuff from the deep recesses of the storage bays. Of course, if you have an electric awning, you probably don't have a rod, but could probably get one at CW.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:52 PM   #6
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Electromagnetic switch.
Not sure what you are referencing in that link.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:04 PM   #7
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The link is in my signature. I've added a description to the signature.

Any magnet operated by any switch will lock it shut.
https://www.amazon.com/Holding-Elect...547692&sr=8-14
This one holds 132lbs.

If you get all wild it could lock and unlock with the ignition so it opens automatically when you park.
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Add the wireless remote control that IS in my signature link and it gets even easier.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:21 AM   #8
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When I need to work on the awning, slide toppers etc I look at the compartment where the ladder is, then look at the picnic table.
I usually move the table much easer than emptying the compartment.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:43 AM   #9
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So the vent is ten feet up. Average reach for a senior aged fat man (me) bout 7' give or take. Need about a 4' wooden dowel rod or such to access the latch. Piece of 3/8 X 4' wooden dowel at Home Deposit runs about a buck. Couple wood screws for the end to make a "latch tool " maybe 50 cents. $1.50 throw it in pass through and call it good. If it doesn't work, remove the wood screws and sharpen the end for a hot dog stick...
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:34 PM   #10
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I use the driver side pull Awning rod and in the past had a light broom handle

My Tuscany has the same tabs
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Old 01-26-2020, 07:40 AM   #11
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Use the metal rod that you use to open and close your window awnings. Use the L end. Opening the tabs is easy. Closing takes a bit more finess.
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