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Old 09-03-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Check your vent lids!

Nasty rain storm last night – little bit of hail too. Checked the TT interior afterwards and noticed some water directly below the kitchen and bedroom vents. That’s odd because they were closed. Fired a big beam through the bug screens and couldn’t really see anything amiss but it was dark and it was getting late. Storm had moved on.

Went out this morning to have a better look and lo and behold, I could see daylight through the hinge end of the kitchen vent lid. The bedroom lid was even worse. Hail wasn’t bad – just pea sized stuff (small peas). These lids are OEM and are the Heng’s Industries variety. They’ve seen all but five seasons. They passed visual and were watertight in Jul when the roof was last cleaned. When I got them off it was apparent that the lid material was literally crumbling. The lid depicted was from the bedroom and what’s interesting about that is that it was in worse shape than the kitchen vent lid and the bedroom vent was rarely ever opened.






Anyway, check your vent lids and...


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Old 09-03-2015, 10:11 PM   #2
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Maxx Air II covers. Vent lid saver.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:25 PM   #3
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Indeed, pondered that. Repondering...
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:30 PM   #4
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My trailer is a 2011 as well and mine came apart last spring. I keep our trailer under a cover when not in use, I would think FR could have used a better material.
I added the Campingworld travel cover while I was up there.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:49 PM   #5
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...I would think FR could have used a better material.
I'm thinking precisely that. Especially for something that is exposed daily to that big ball of fire. Except maybe for the five months they hibernate under the snow.

A Maxxair II is nearly $80 in this neck of the woods. Even the original style is over $50. I can get a vent lid for less than $20 and even if I have to change them every three/four years, the CBA is not favoring additional covers.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:16 AM   #6
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Don't buy the max air II vents
Buy the new and improved maxx air vent covers.
"Fan mate"
http://www.maxxair.com/products/fan_mate.php
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:28 AM   #7
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Better yet buy a NEW Rockwood or Flagstaff and they come from the Factory with Max Air Fan Mates! Youroo!! Very Old School to Not use Covers over any CHEAP lids! Broken lids allow WATER to enter your unit!
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Don't buy the max air II vents
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Airxcel | Maxxair | FANMATE
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The Original Max Air or the Max Air II are FINE if the unit you are covering is just a VENT! If it is a Fan Power Vent the Go with the New Improved Fan Mate style! Youroo!!
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The Original Max Air or the Max Air II are FINE if the unit you are covering is just a VENT! If it is a Fan Power Vent the Go with the New Improved Fan Mate style! Youroo!!
How many of your non fan vents have a "fan mate" ?

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Old 09-04-2015, 06:51 AM   #10
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I have the Max Air covers on our vents. Still had water in the living area of the RV after forgetting to close a vent and running it through a truck wash after a month long trip a couple of weeks ago. Wasn't much water, easy to clean up but still had water in the rv. That truck was sure gives the RV a good cleaning roof included.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:57 AM   #11
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I think they have a Disclaimer about Not using a Fire Hose directly at the Max Covers or Driving backwards in the Rain at High Speed also! Youroo!!
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I have the Maxair II covers on my vents. We've had driving rain and no water comes in. I leave the vents open all the time to keep air circulating through the trailer.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:16 PM   #13
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Our last camper had a vent lid go terribly bad. I'm not a chemist, but I wonder if all the sticky sap and other stuff from our black locust tree that accumulates on the top (of everything within 100 feet!) is acidic and causes premature failure of plastic, paint, and other surfaces. I try to wash every surface (camper, cars, tables, etc) two or tree times a year with soapy water to get rid of the sticky, slimy crud, but I think the final solution is going to be the end of that tree.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:29 PM   #14
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I've found over the years the standard crank vent cover to be poor quality plastic, no matter what brand RV you get, that will easily crack after a few years in the sun. You can quite often see the broken vents flapping in the breeze of the vacuum of the windflow over the trailers with the broken vents during the summer.

EVERY vent now gets a cover, Camco is fine for me, well made and work fine, even put over the Fantastic fans we've had in RV's. Only a bit more work to install and a BUNCH of money saved, like $20 for Camco and $65 for the bells and whistles covers they want you to get for a powered fan vent.
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like most oem stuff, the mfg. uses the cheapest parts/materials they can. mine did the same thing so went to my local rv guy and had them all replaced with a heavier duty hatch.
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Maxx Air II works just fine in our application, even with the fan. Ours stays indoors when not in use, so it's not on there to just protect the cover. Blocks light and helps with the heat. As long as you have A cover, that's all that matters. Everybody has their preference on what works for their specific rig.
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Older tt or campers did not have all the fancy covers to protect from the UV rays so after about 5 years they disintegrated. Should you buy a new camper without the covers one can use 303 Protectant and it does work well. I also now use it on my new camper to protect the over head sunlight's from frosting over. Later RJD
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Don't buy the max air II vents
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Airxcel | Maxxair | FANMATE
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what's the difference between this one and the other Max Air vent covers?
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what's the difference between this one and the other Max Air vent covers?
Better air flow with a vent fan.

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