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Old 05-02-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hole in roof vent cover after only 15 months!

Was in my 2018 30ds today getting things ready to hit the road and it started raining. Afterwards, I noticed a little puddle of water on the floor by the dinette and looked up to see a nickel-sized hole in the white plastic vent cover. Went up on the roof and saw this perfectly round piece that popped out surrounded by little "spider" cracks. The nickel sized piece of plastic was still sitting on the screen. Had some tape so made a temporary cover to keep water out. Also noticed the EXACT same thing happened on vent cover over the toilet so had to climb down to get more tape to cover that! It has been stored in the Florida sun over the winter so assume that was the cause but it was so perfectly round and the same size and placement on both, it almost looked like a pre-made punch out hole. (Pictures of both taken from the roof are attached). We bought this new in January 2018 and would have thought it would last a LITTLE longer than just over a year! Any suggestions? As it is over a year old, I have extended warranty coverage but with a $200 deductible, this wouldn't be covered. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:11 PM   #2
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Not uncommon, they are fairly easy to replace. There are a few standard sizes. Measure it order and replace. https://www.amazon.com/VETOMILE-Univ...s%2C144&sr=8-6


While you are working on the vent, consider adding a vent cover.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:13 PM   #3
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Google rv vent cover. They’re less than $20 each and easy to replace.

I would get some Max Air (or similar) for them too. They allow you to open the vents anytime, even in the rain, and are more durable than the vent cover.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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Had the same thing happen to ours when it was outside. Freak hail storm and went thru the vent. Was glad we were there when it happened to minimize further damage.

I replaced with polycarbonate covers as the first step. Should last longer and not as easily broken.

Will be adding the larger covers as well so we can open going down the road and have second layer for protection.

Depending on the style the polycarbonate are about $20 each and not hard to install. Have to make sure you get the correct one to replace your existing.

After going thru swapping first one the rest only took about 10 minutes each.
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Thanks. Very helpful
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Not uncommon, they are fairly easy to replace. There are a few standard sizes. Measure it order and replace. https://www.amazon.com/VETOMILE-Univ...s%2C144&sr=8-6


While you are working on the vent, consider adding a vent cover.
Thanks. Good advice
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:39 PM   #7
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I wouldn’t be without MaxAir vent covers. We leave the vents open when not using the trailer. No musty smell from being closed up too tight for long periods. Even over the winter.
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I wouldn’t be without MaxAir vent covers. We leave the vents open when not using the trailer. No musty smell from being closed up too tight for long periods. Even over the winter.
X2. The original covers are weakened pretty quickly by UV. Put a max air cover over it and they will last years instead of months.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:39 AM   #9
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I wouldn’t be without MaxAir vent covers. We leave the vents open when not using the trailer. No musty smell from being closed up too tight for long periods. Even over the winter.

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We had them installed as a condition of purchase.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:50 AM   #10
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As mentioned...

Vent covers are a must!

And pretty easy to install.
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