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Old 06-09-2019, 08:53 PM   #1
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Beware the Aging Roof Vent Lid

This year when I removed the cover from my 2007 Sunseeker, I found one of my four roof vent lids broken into pieces. Luckily the cover prevented rain water from trashing our bed. I had replaced one of the other lids on the road two years ago when it blew off. I now found that the other two older lids both had cracks and when I went to replace them they just broke when opened and crumbled in my hands. The lesson here is that these plastic lids all deteriorate (all long tern RV owners probably know this), and I was amazed at how they just disintegrated when opened or handled. After this, I highly recommend that all RV owners carry spares (of the correct replacement type) for incidental failures on the road, and also replace all lids after 10 years or when one fails like this.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:38 PM   #2
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Actually, when I replace mine once, I've never had to do it again. The aftermarket vent covers are much sturdier, at least the ones I bought from the local RV shop.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:56 PM   #3
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I found UV resistant covers on e-trailer and installed them in 2010 on our 2007 Jayco. (original ones were brittle and cracking) In 2017 when we sold the trailer the covers were still pliable and no signs of cracking. No additional covers were ever put over them.
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This year when I removed the cover from my 2007 Sunseeker, I found one of my four roof vent lids broken into pieces. Luckily the cover prevented rain water from trashing our bed. I had replaced one of the other lids on the road two years ago when it blew off. I now found that the other two older lids both had cracks and when I went to replace them they just broke when opened and crumbled in my hands. The lesson here is that these plastic lids all deteriorate (all long tern RV owners probably know this), and I was amazed at how they just disintegrated when opened or handled. After this, I highly recommend that all RV owners carry spares (of the correct replacement type) for incidental failures on the road, and also replace all lids after 10 years or when one fails like this.
An unfortunate example of trailer manufacturing quality; just enough to make a sale. Glad we have this forum to help others be aware.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:25 AM   #5
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When it was time for me to replace my vent lid due to brittleness and cracking I replaced both covers, the caps on the vents and the cover over the fridge. Also found cracks on the AC cover. Touched up the dicor since I was up there.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:50 PM   #6
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Replaced mine on a 2019 trailer with a metal one, no worries now
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adding a cover like a max air would do alot to solve this problem. 1) less UV on the lid 2) even if it did break, you have protection from water intrustion
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:22 PM   #8
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An unfortunate example of trailer manufacturing quality; just enough to make a sale. Glad we have this forum to help others be aware.
Say what? The OP's roof vents lived 12 years. That's a hell of a good run for a roof vent. 2-3 years is pretty much the best I personally seen. As far as raggin on the manufacturer's level of quality... You do know they (FR) just buy those things complete as a unit it and install them? They don't actually 'make' them.

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Friends of ours pulled their trailer out of storage to home to load for trip. While lying on the bed, commented how clean the skylight vent was. Soon realized it was gone. The wind on trip home blew pieces away. So lucky vent was still holding on while in uncovered storage!!
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Beware the Aging Roof Vent Lid

Good idea. Wish I had gotten it sooner. I had to replace the vent cover over the bed of my 2016 Forester 2401W a year ago and the vent cover over the bathroom vent last March. Both were broken by falling pine cones.
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