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Old 06-01-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Sun Damaged Parts

I finally got around to washing my Surveyor last weekend, starting with the roof. Went to wash the grey tank vent, and it fell apart. By the time I finally got the cap off of the flange, it was in about 20 pieces.

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I bought 2 vents at a local RV dealer last year when my black tank vent broke. I just replaced the cap that time, and that is what I intended to do this time also. I went to push the cap onto the flange, and heard a crack....my flange was brittle also.

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My propane tank cover has not survived much better:

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My camper has been sitting in the sun here since 2008 (except for camping trips ), and probably sat in the sun at the dealer for a year before that. Just goes to show how the sun affects plastic parts.
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Not a pleasant surprise. Any thing that can be done to help preserve those vent caps from being rotted by the sun rays?
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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The alternative is to use a cover. But I hate the thought of removing that every time I want to use the camper, and the putting it back on afterwards.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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I have found that keeping items sprayed with Aerospace 303 Protectant helps slow the deterioration caused by the sun. Of course, a trailer cover works, too, in the off season.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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Sun will damages most of everything that lives on earth. Your car paint etc etc including humans. Look at the persons that stay in the sun all day. They have wrinkles all over their skin and at age 60 they looks like they have 80 and other damages caused by the sun. White plastic turns to a yellowish colour and gets very brittles. You can add thousand of items on the list. It is the price to pay for a beautiful sunny day.
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Not a pleasant surprise. Any thing that can be done to help preserve those vent caps from being rotted by the sun rays?
Sure do know where mtnguy is coming from. Finally
got the skins back on my rebuild project and went to
work checking everything for proper seals. On the
roof, *EVERY* plastic cover crumbled in my hands.
So far I replaced with metal where possible and
polyproplene where not. We'll see how that works......

Rats, just went to seal the range hood vent and it
crumbled. One more thing to replace.
No end to problems the sun can cause. (sigh)

And they say that a boat is a "hole in the water that
you pour money into". Whoever said that must not
have had a RV or it would have been included too.

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Old 06-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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We took a piece of rubber weatherstripping, sprayed it with 303 and threw it up on the roof at work. It looked surprisingly like new when we took it down a year later.
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