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Old 03-30-2016, 11:29 AM   #1
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Furnace vent screen covers -- leave on while towing?

We just picked up our new Coachmen Clipper 17fq, and are getting it ready. One of the suggestions we followed was to buy the small circular screen covers for the furnace vents, to keep critters out. They connect by small springs that hook onto the vent with an included tool.

My question -- do I leave the screens on all the time, even when towing? Or do I only put them on when we get to the camp area, and take them off before we travel back home?

Thanks for putting up with the rookie questions
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:56 AM   #2
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Im 99% seasonal and pull my trailer twice a year. Never had a problem with furnace vents.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:00 PM   #3
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All three of my 5er's have had the critters screens on them and have towed my all over the country with them on. As you drive down the highway the wind will pass thru the screen openings so there should be no issue with them.
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I leave them on. Have for 3 years with no problem.


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Old 03-30-2016, 12:16 PM   #5
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Leave them on. Just one less thing to do during set up.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:46 AM   #7
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I got aluminum screen scrap from ACE and put it on the inside of the cover. Just pull off the cover, cut the screen in a square a little bigger than the circular hole, press it in, put the cover back on and you're good to go.
Works great and cheap. ACE gave me the screen for free
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:48 AM   #8
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Leave em on. They will be fine
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:38 PM   #9
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We just picked up our new Coachmen Clipper 17fq, and are getting it ready. One of the suggestions we followed was to buy the small circular screen covers for the furnace vents, to keep critters out. They connect by small springs that hook onto the vent with an included tool.

My question -- do I leave the screens on all the time, even when towing? Or do I only put them on when we get to the camp area, and take them off before we travel back home?

Thanks for putting up with the rookie questions
Mine have been on for a couple of years. They've never come off when towing.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:49 PM   #10
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I got aluminum screen scrap from ACE and put it on the inside of the cover. Just pull off the cover, cut the screen in a square a little bigger than the circular hole, press it in, put the cover back on and you're good to go.
Works great and cheap. ACE gave me the screen for free
This is the way to go. I have also used aluminum window screen mesh on the inside of the water heater cover and refrigerator vents.
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They are meant to be left on permanently. Later RJD
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:33 PM   #12
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Well I never even thought to look for these.....................I taped up the furnace vents, WH vents and fridge vents when I winterized to keep the damned stinkbugs out. These sites cost me money again! But the stinkbugs are a pain in the *****.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:52 PM   #13
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We've had them on all of our trailers for years. They stayed on with no problems going down the road.
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:15 PM   #14
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I would never be without them and never had a problem towing with them. My popup one year a mouse found the heater vents and thought it would be a good place to store corn from the corn field and that summer on a cool night we had roasted corn in my heater.
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I got aluminum screen scrap from ACE and put it on the inside of the cover. Just pull off the cover, cut the screen in a square a little bigger than the circular hole, press it in, put the cover back on and you're good to go.
Works great and cheap. ACE gave me the screen for free
I was going to do this but was concerned about blocking exhaust flow and burning the material up. So these are not issues with using screen? I think it's a great idea. I hate those screens but I hate critters in my appliances more.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:41 AM   #17
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:51 AM   #18
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[QUOTE=hbidlack;1146735]We just picked up our new Coachmen Clipper 17fq, and are getting it ready. One of the suggestions we followed was to buy the small circular screen covers for the furnace vents, to keep critters out. They connect by small springs that hook onto the vent with an included tool.
My question -- do I leave the screens on all the time, even when towing? Or do I only put them on when we get to the camp area, and take them off before we travel back home?



Once you put them on with that included tool, you won't be too anxious to do the job again any too soon and will be glad you can leave them on. Spoken by a senior citizen with bifocals.
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I tossed the tool that came with them and used Hemostats instead. Made it a little easier.. Also wire ties work well on the places you can remove and heat is not an issue.
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