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Old 09-29-2020, 06:18 PM   #1
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Combo Splendide installation in 3921FB ?

Looking at getting a vented combo splendide washer/dryer. I have been researching the install procedure and have not found anything for my unit.
As you can see in the screen shot below from the Montana website (not pic of my unit) the washer hookups are in the corner cupboard. The water/drain/electric connections are in the upper cabinet, as well as the decal on the wall "cut here for dryer vent".

Can I/should I install the combo unit in the upper section of the cupboard? I don't think the shelf has a label on it for "250 lbs capacity". I would feel better about installing it on the bottom section with a pan - but that means I have to cut thru the divider shelf and poke the hoses and dryer exhaust up thru the shelf to get to the connections. These cuts would probably impact the integrity of the shelf. The hoses might be ok (smaller cut along the backside of the shelf) - but I do not want my dryer vent going vertical thru the shelf then turning left to exhaust...not good. I suppose I could find the studs in the lower section and cut a dryer vent hole down there (I have not started looking at it yet).

The second screen shot shows where I would try to put the vent holes for either the upper installation or the lower installation. I have not yet measured or looked for studs at either of those locations - but it seems like the vent hole should line up like this to eliminate multiple turns in the vent hose.

Looking for advice and/or war stories from someone who has done this type of installation before. TIA.
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:34 PM   #2
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I haven't been in that trailer, but I have been in hundreds of others and IMO there is NO way I would ever think about putting a w/d combo on that shelf. The shelf won't support it, the walls won't support it. If you got it in you would find it falling out the door or on the floor after the first trip or so (ask my friend in his Big Horn). Something that heavy, that jerks and moves that much needs to be on the floor....and it still shakes.

As far as the shelf, this one came with a shelf as well. I had the stackable units installed and you really can't even tell there was ever a shelf there - but they are stackable and I didn't want the shelf.
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:49 PM   #3
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First, good job on the photos with drawings. Personally, I would mount the unit on the bottom. Mine had a base to set a unit on but even then it needed reinforcement. If your plumbing connections are above the washer then lucky you. You will have access to the valves. I wouldn't trust the "cut here" sticker, a stud finder is your friend. Then, vent straight out or slightly lower than the outlet on the unit. After installation, I would build a removable shelf above the unit and call it done. Let us know how it ends.
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:29 AM   #4
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I installed the combo in both our 3655 and our 3910. Not a difficult job, does require some muscle. Agree, install must be on the floor not a shelf. Do not trust the decal for the vent, it was way off on the 3910. Mark a spot that is the most direct shot from the back of the unit to the wall, and then make sure that spot is clear of electrical, wall studs. Biggest headache I had was getting the unit over the lip across the cabinet floor entrance, ended up with a ramp setup. It was tight, I had to get 90 degree elbows in order to get to the water hookups, and vent hose was a PITA as I wanted it as short as possible. We got the combo in by putting two come-along straps underneath the unit and sliding it over the ramp and into the pan and two thirds of the way in, doing the vent hookup. I removed the shelf for the install, and replaced it with 1/2 plywood stained to match, and cut it into two pieces, which allows me to lift the back piece off and have easy access the back of the combo if necessary. To ensure I did not screw up the 4 inch wall cut, I first checked with my studfinder, marked the hole, using my smallest bit drilled holes at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 locations plus the center. I also started the cut on the inside, and when my holesaw penetrated the outerwall, finished the cut from the outside in. Did have to remove the stair rail to get the unit up the steps.
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