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Old 09-08-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Need to replace all 3 of my vent covers

I am in the middle of an 11 day and night vacation. I am boondocking in my aunt and uncle's driveway in Ohio for a couple days before we head to Michigan with them and my cousin's family. I had the vents up and was putting them down and noticed I could see daylight through 2 of the 3. A quarter sized hole opened up on them. The third had a hairline crack. All in the same place, where they meet the bar that raised them. I taped them up and that should hold until I get home and can replace him.

But things worked out for the best, while up there I noticed a lot of cracks, some large, in many areas of the lap sealant. So I got out the sealant, climbed back up and touched up a dozen places. I checked the seams not long ago and they looked fine. I plan to tape up all the seams with Eternabond tape in the next few weeks so I should never have to worry about them again.

So the cheap vent covers kind of tick me off, but it might have saved me some water damage had rain gotten through the cracks in the seams. So I am blessed and thankful.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:58 PM   #2
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Sorry about the vent issues but glad you got the cracks sealed up. Your vents might have gotten brittle from UV exposure. When you order your vents, buy some Max Air vent covers and install them. They work very well and you can keep your vents open in the rain.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:16 PM   #3
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Sorry about the vent issues but glad you got the cracks sealed up. Your vents might have gotten brittle from UV exposure. When you order your vents, buy some Max Air vent covers and install them. They work very well and you can keep your vents open in the rain.
MaxxAir I Original Translucent White Roof Vent Cover - Maxxair 00-933066P - Vents - Camping World
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First thing I did when I got my Sunseeker was to install three MaxAir II covers.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:33 PM   #4
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Yes, I definitely want covers and may put a fan in one of them as well. Those covers were so brittle I was afraid to even tape up the holes as it felt like I would break them further.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:07 PM   #5
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I just replaced one of my vent covers with this. The OEM vents don't stand up to UV from the sun.


Camco 40161/40168 RV White Unbreakable Polycarbonate Vent Lid

It's a lot thicker than the original and standard replacement vents.
It doesn't let in as much light either. That can be good and bad depending how you look at it.

I have a max air cover on one of the vents so that one isn't an issue.
I'll be replacing the cover on the 3rd vent with the cover mentioned above.

My car trailer had the same problem. The vent only lasted about 3 years before it cracked and blew off on the highway. (Yes it was closed.)
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:26 PM   #6
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The oem Hengs brand vents are plastic and brittle. We have 3 vents on our solera. One upgraded to fantastic fan with polycarbonate smoke tint lid, 2 Hengs vents. The Hengs vent plastic is not Impact resistant and drys out in 2 years . Our Rv is parked under a roof and the vents still became brittle. This summer we hit a hail storm in Colorado. The whole coach , fantastic vent and all skylights did fine. The Hengs vents cracked and had quarter sized holes. I replaced them with fantastic vents to match. Any brand with a polycarbonate lid should perform well. Polycarbonate is what is used for safety glasses.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:02 PM   #7
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"So the cheap vent covers kind of tick me off, but it might have saved me some water damage had rain gotten through the cracks in the seams. So I am blessed and thankful.[/QUOTE]"
Cheap is right! We had our brand new, 2016 FR 26VFKSS stored all last winter, covered. This last spring after we took off the cover, we got a bad hail storm. 2 of the 3 roof vents were broken. The 3rd. vent survived because FR HAD installed a MAXAIR vent cover on that ONE. Why not the other two I thought. So I replaced both vent covers and installed MAXAIR vent covers on those.The only draw back with the MAXAIR is you lose some of the opening height, I think they open about 40% of the original.

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Amazing that the engineers would specify a product which is so poor at handling U/V - on the roof!!

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Old 09-09-2016, 03:11 PM   #9
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Vent covers

If you are replacing your vent covers I really like the Fan-Tastic Ultra Breeze cover. I switched out our Max-Air and the air flow is noticeably better. The air moves more and the fan is quieter. They do cost more but ...
Easy to install
Easy to clean
Better air flow.

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Old 09-10-2016, 02:14 PM   #10
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X2 on the Ultra breeze. Went with the black color to cut back the morning light. DW is a late sleeper and I m up first light
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