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Old 06-11-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Vent covers

I have an 2011 Rockwood 8281ss 5th wheel. It has 3 vents in it plus the dome in the bathroom. These vents let a lot of light in so I bought one of those 16 x 16 foil covers to try out and it worked good in the boys bunkroom. Since I needed two more and a 16 x 24 for the bathroom my industrious wife decided to make some. She bought a car windshield shade to do this. The ones for cars are made of same material but are thicker. For the edges we bought some shiny duck tape that would match the shade. We used the one we bought for a pattern and traced it out and cut it out with scissors. We also bought some Velcro on a roll because the ones u buy only have 4 little tabs. We put Velcro all the way around the vents. They sure work well keeping the sun out. Have not took a trip yet to see how it helps with cooling but it gets pretty darn hot down here in Louisiana. Here are some pics.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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Great idea for a money saver!
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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This works well on keeping out heat, cold and also keeping out bright RV parks lights. We did this about 6 years ago, it has worked well for us. The only problem that we might have had with it is that our vent cover has become brittle and started crumbling. We have a Maxair over it, I have seen something in the past somewhere that heat might build up between the inside vent covering and outside vent lid and cause damage or breakage. Regardless we are still using the inside cover.

You can find the shiney covered bubble insulation at Lowes.
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I have used the same product covering the inside of our bedroom windows. Keeps the 6:00 a.m. sun out and we can get a few more winks sleep. Our dogs' normal potty routine is 7:15 a.m., and she is just like an alarm clock, so it's not alot more winks(she also knows there are squirrels to be chased off too!)
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great idea ! lucky for us my trailer is in the shade most of the day.
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