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Old 09-18-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Plastic vent cover replacements?

We have one vent cover that was cracked after a hail storm last year. I covered the crack with dicor and it has been fine since. I figured it might be a good idea to replace it or at least have a replacement on hand. I have one in the bathroom and one in the rear bedroom. I only want to change out the plastic cover. Can someone share which type to purchase from amazon? I see there are a few different types but figured all of the GT models have the same type and that someone on here has ordered a replacement for theirs.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:01 PM   #2
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We don't have a GT but I'm not sure it makes any difference; the holes all seem to be the same size. After a big hailstorm last year we replaced our shattered vent covers with Camco covers. They've been on for about 15 months and a few hailstorms and they're fine so far.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:05 PM   #3
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We don't have a GT but I'm not sure it makes any difference; the holes all seem to be the same size. After a big hailstorm last year we replaced our shattered vent covers with Camco covers. They've been on for about 15 months and a few hailstorms and they're fine so far.
Thanks. Do you recall the model of the cover? I was wanting to just replace the lid and not any of the frame. It seems that most are the slide in type lids but I noticed some actually clip on the outside frame. Just didn't want to get on the roof the see until I am ready to swap it.
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just a note....when searching for lid, look for ones that are...or claim to be UV Resistant. Changed all the ones on our 2007 Jayco in 2008 or 9...Brittle and cracking. Got UV resistant ones from etrailer and in 2017 when we sold the trailer they were still soft and pliable with zero cracking.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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just a note....when searching for lid, look for ones that are...or claim to be UV Resistant. Changed all the ones on our 2007 Jayco in 2008 or 9...Brittle and cracking. Got UV resistant ones from etrailer and in 2017 when we sold the trailer they were still soft and pliable with zero cracking.
I'm thinking about going with the metal covers. They cost a little more but seems they would be much more durable.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:46 PM   #6
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I just replaced a vent cover after a hail storm pulverized several plastic fixtures on my roof.

I put a metal lid on the 14" vent on the front of my trailer (link in the other thread). We don't use it much, anyway, and the lid also is light-blocking. However, the main purpose was that it won't crack from hail.
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I just replaced a vent cover after a hail storm pulverized several plastic fixtures on my roof.

I put a metal lid on the 14" vent on the front of my trailer (link in the other thread). We don't use it much, anyway, and the lid also is light-blocking. However, the main purpose was that it won't crack from hail.
Went ahead and started unscrewing the frame form the inside and I have the slide in type. It looks like I can remove and replace without even getting on the roof!

Will definitely go with the metal ones. We have had a camco cushion tucked in the cavity since we had the camper because of the heat.
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I had to replace two. I was able to pull part number for the entire vent off the frame and called the manufacturer for the Part number for the lid and ordered off amazon. It was easy, but I can't say it would be for everyone.
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Replacement.

You can replace the standard grade plastic lid very easily. Itís cheap too.
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Had rain on my head from vent in toilet due to tree branch. RV park had 5 models to choose from. They were all 14" X 14" but how they slid onto the frame were different. To replace: Remove 4 screws from frame inside, remove crank handle, remove screen, release operator arm and slide old vent off (maybe it can be done from inside). Reverse the process with new vent cover. You could consider replacing with fan model if none there now but that requires having a 12V line at the site and replacing the entire assembly plus caulking.
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Had rain on my head from vent in toilet due to tree branch. RV park had 5 models to choose from. They were all 14" X 14" but how they slid onto the frame were different. To replace: Remove 4 screws from frame inside, remove crank handle, remove screen, release operator arm and slide old vent off (maybe it can be done from inside). Reverse the process with new vent cover. You could consider replacing with fan model if none there now but that requires having a 12V line at the site and replacing the entire assembly plus caulking.
I think I am going to have to get on the roof. Getting the new lid thought that hole is not going to happen from the inside
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I replaced mine with 2 of these:

https://www.campingworld.com/unbreak...%2Fvent-covers

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Another that replaced with the polycarbonate here.

Couple years now and good as new.
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I think I am going to have to get on the roof. Getting the new lid thought that hole is not going to happen from the inside
And something else. At each end of the slide-in tube on the lid (cover) is a tab. It's part of the tube, but cut so it's separate. You bend these so they go over the ends of the mating slide-in tube on the frame. This keeps the cover centered on the frame, so it doesn't slide off in either direction.

Use a needle-nose pliers. Bend one end before you slide it on. Slide the other end on and bend it when the cover is in place.

If you have trouble visualizing this, post back and I will make a drawing.
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I think I am going to have to get on the roof. Getting the new lid thought that hole is not going to happen from the inside
When you first posted that you wouldn't have to get up on the roof I was wondering how you were going to get the new lid through that hole?

Unless you're triple jointed you still have to get up there to unlock the hinge tabs with a needle nose pliers, then relock the tabs on the replacement.

While you're up there, take the opportunity to check all your seams and sealings.
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When you first posted that you wouldn't have to get up on the roof I was wondering how you were going to get the new lid through that hole?

Unless you're triple jointed you still have to get up there to unlock the hinge tabs with a needle nose pliers, then relock the tabs on the replacement.

While you're up there, take the opportunity to check all your seams and sealings.
Yup, wishful thinking I went ahead and ordered one to replace the bathroom vent cover. Metal on the bedroom and an "unbreakable" one for the bathroom. Maybe avert future problems....
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Yup, wishful thinking I went ahead and ordered one to replace the bathroom vent cover. Metal on the bedroom and an "unbreakable" one for the bathroom. Maybe avert future problems....
Your saying vent cover, but are you actually meaning lid? The lid is the thing that cranks up and open. The cover is the aftermarket cover that protects the lid or allows you to drive with the lid open.

I suspect that your replacing the lid since your talking about working from inside the unit, because a vent cover is totally installed from the roof and screws a frame bracket down around the vent lid that the vent cover then attaches to.
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Just finished the project......replaced my rear with a metal lid and the bathroom with a tinted "unbreakable" one off of amazon. Glad I decided to go ahead and replace the bathroom even though it was fine. Turns out it was cracked. I am also glad I checked seals as a glob of dicor on my front cap had been tore off. I suspect it was a tree at the last park we were at as I also lost a wifi antenna the broke off the rear. It wasn't too serious but if left alone I would had some water inside. A good lesson to check the roof often and especially after I come in contact with something......
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