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Old 10-13-2018, 09:15 PM   #1
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Phew! did I get lucky this weekend

I have been having issues with my Eco Boost with a check engine light problem. This past Wednesday I decided to take the trailer for a ride to see if the problem was solved this time. It was not. This past weekend we brought the trailer from the storage lot to clean it up and get it ready for the winter. My DW just had a total knee replacement this week and we knew there would be no more camping for this season.
I climbed up on the roof to scrub it and noticed the front vent cover could not be seen. I checked it out and only the plastic edge around the vent was there. The rest of the vent cover was gone with not even a piece to be found. It must have blown apart on the ride. I started off the roof and tapped on the rear vent lid and it fell apart into a hundred pieces. I had to drive 2.5 hours R/T to the dealer on Sat. to get two new vent covers because we were supposed to get rain on Sun evening. I check on the trailer regularly at the storage lot but do not get on the roof. I will from now on. This trailer is only 1.5 years old and I never thought the vent lids would deteriorate that quickly.
We have had over a foot of rain more than usual for the year in our area. I was lucky we were in a four day period without any rain. I'm also lucky I did not put off the job on the trailer for another weekend. I am bad for putting off things I don't want to do. I avoided a potential disaster with a missing vent cover. Sorry for the lengthy post but thought I would alert everyone to the possible problem you could face.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:41 PM   #2
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I would recommend getting the vent covers that allow you vents to be open in the rain. Much stronger then the covers that come on these things.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:12 PM   #3
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What he said. Also I think maxxair covers are warranted for 5 years
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:20 PM   #4
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I had Maxxair covers installed before I left the lot when I bought my trailer. They are now 7 years old and still in like new condition. You can easily install them yourself over the existing vent covers, take only about 5 minutes. Make sure you put caulk down where the mounting screws go before screwing them down.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:56 PM   #5
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I had Maxxair covers installed before I left the lot when I bought my trailer. They are now 7 years old and still in like new condition. You can easily install them yourself over the existing vent covers, take only about 5 minutes. Make sure you put caulk down where the mounting screws go before screwing them down.
Caution, Maxx air Covers require No caulk because the mounting hardware screws into the Vertical Flange NOT into the Roof! Yes the "Vent Lids " are very fragile after Mr Sun shines on them,thus the Need for"Maxxair Covers "! Youroo! !
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:03 PM   #6
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I avoided a potential disaster with a missing vent cover. Sorry for the lengthy post but thought I would alert everyone to the possible problem you could face.
You definitely got lucky! Glad everything is fixed and thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:33 PM   #7
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Yup!

Vent covers are a must, anywayz...never leave home without them!

Or you have the EZLift vents like mine (see first two photos below), the MaxxAir II covers won't fit them...

You can identify them by the 'T' handle instead of the turn knob, plus on the outside they have their own mounting tabs, which as far as I know there are no covers that fit these tabs!

Third shot, notice how when mounted to the brackets how it (MaxxAir II) closes off center.

I had MaxxAir II covers on my previous TT and saved them for my 5'ver, only to find that they don't fit, and MaxxAir doesn't plan on making any brackets so they will fit (called them several times in the last three years to see if they make them yet and the answer is always "No!").

I ended up getting the plain-old cheapie MaxxAir covers and they fit perfectly, although they don't have the same air flow as the MaxxAir II covers do.
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Our, black, MaxAir vent fan cover on our 2016 2304KS Rockwood Mini Lite (purchased in 2015) still looks brand new. On the other hand, the black Fan-Tastic vent cover, that I purchased from C W, and installed in the front vent last year, looks ancient. It's sun bleached and cracked and, definitely NOT worth what ever meager saving the sales price point gave me.
I WILL be ordering and installing a MaxAir cover next season.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:43 PM   #9
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I never worry about the life expectancy of vent covers. I always knock them off with low hanging branches well before they wear out!
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:48 PM   #10
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Our, black, MaxAir vent fan cover on our 2016 2304KS Rockwood Mini Lite (purchased in 2015) still looks brand new. On the other hand, the black Fan-Tastic vent cover, that I purchased from C W, and installed in the front vent last year, looks ancient. It's sun bleached and cracked and, definitely NOT worth what ever meager saving the sales price point gave me.
I WILL be ordering and installing a MaxAir cover next season.
The regular MaxxAir vent covers don't have enough air flow for the Fantastic Fans...

I've been told by a couple of RV techs that the MaxxAir II cover will work and fit the Fantastic Fan's mount frame.

Wish I had kept one of my MaxAir II's as I have a Fantastic Fan in a box that is going in my 5'ver very soon.

By the by...

Skip the black covers and get the white ones...wish I did!

The black ones hold in so much heat that they really are not functional at all.

I went with the black ones for looks to match my AC cover and have already replaced one with a white cover.

The others are going to be replaced with white ones soon.
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