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Old 02-17-2024, 11:23 AM   #1
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I have a 2007 Rockwood ROO and I need to replace the front roof vent. What is the best way to do this?
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Just the plastic cover or the whole thing?
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Old 02-17-2024, 11:57 AM   #3
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Old 02-17-2024, 12:37 PM   #4
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The plastic cover. It is shattered and laying in the screen area
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The couple I have replaced were 14x14 and the hinge is a small rod.
Takes about 5 minutes.
Get on your roof and check the hinge to make sure you get the correct one. You can measure from the inside.
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I have a 2007 Rockwood ROO and I need to replace the front roof vent. What is the best way to do this?
  • In painstaking detail...
  • Order the new vent cover. Amazon is one source. There are three sizes. Measure your vent and order the right one.
  • You only need two tools: Phillips screwdriver and long-nose (needle-nose) pliers.
  • When the vent arrives, do as follows:
  • Inspect the hinge area. You will see that it's a C-shaped segment that runs along that entire side. You will also notice that near each end of the C-shaped segment there's a little notch so that just the tip of the segment can be bent.
  • Inside the trailer, crank the vent up a little bit.
  • Unscrew and remove the screw in the center of the windup knob.
  • Pull the knob off.
  • Pull the screen off.
  • Unscrew the crank-up assembly, then slide the roller end to the end of the track and off. Set the crank-up assembly aside.
  • Go to the roof.
  • Lift the old vent cover to 90°. If you look at the hinge, you will notice that the C-shaped segment on the cover mates with a C-shaped segment on the base vent, forming the hinge. You will also note that the cover cannot slide off because the tip of the segment on the vent cover has been bent inward closing the C a little. Using your long-nose pliers, bend that little segment outward (opening the C) a little bit, and then slide the old vent cover off. (This is much easier than it sounds. It takes a lot of words to describe a simple motion.)
  • The new vent cover probably has both segments closed. Open one with the long-nose pliers, slide the vent cover on, and re-bend the tip, so the cover cannot slide off in either direction.
  • Back inside, holding the crank-up assembly, slide it so the roller tip enters the track. Slide it back and re-install the two screws.
  • Re-install the screen.
  • Re-install the knob and its screw.
  • Have a beer!
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There are two types of vent lids for the 14x14 vents. There is one lid for the Ventline or Elixir series. The other is for the Jensen model. The difference is the hinge.
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There are two types of vent lids for the 14x14 vents. There is one lid for the Ventline or Elixir series. The other is for the Jensen model. The difference is the hinge.
I don't know exactly how many different types of hinges there are for 14x14 vent lids, but there are at least 3 that are commonly used.
That is why it is important to determine what type you have before you order.
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I don't know exactly how many different types of hinges there are for 14x14 vent lids, but there are at least 3 that are commonly used.
That is why it is important to determine what type you have before you order.
DW's process is to order all three and return the two that don't fit.
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DW's process is to order all three and return the two that don't fit.

Great minds think alike!

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DW's process is to order all three and return the two that don't fit.
I ordered a Porsche, a Maserati and a Ferrari.
DW had me return all 3 for the same reason.
Next project…….upgrade the one car garage I guess.
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DW's process is to order all three and return the two that don't fit.
Yep, I love to go to the auto parts store and wait for the guy ahead of me to return all the wrong parts he purchased. My bride complains all the time when she has to return one item and the person ahead of her at Customer Service has a full shopping cart of stuff to return.
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Thanks all. This explains why the local camping store asked me what type of hing it had.


And Larry thanks greatly for the detailed instructions
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Moved thread from the General Tech and Repair section to the Exterior Maintenance/Roofs/Sealing/Covers and Vents sub-forum since the OP's questions are specific to that sub-forum and not general questions.
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Have new vent cover and hoping to pit it on tomorrow. Now what other types of maintenance do I need to do with the roof. Will be giving a good washing when it warms up.
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Have new vent cover and hoping to pit it on tomorrow. Now what other types of maintenance do I need to do with the roof. Will be giving a good washing when it warms up.
Give it a good washing AND a careful inspection. Any place where the caulking has shrunk and cracked, or has lifted needs attention. Remove the loose caulk, clean everywhere and either:
  • Put on another layer, using self-leveling caulk (looks messy but is best practice), or
  • Cover all caulked seams with Eternabond tape. Clean well first, use a wallpaper roller to make sure it's pressed on well.
Never, ever, ever use petroleum products (kerosene or mineral spirits) on the roof. It will turn the "rubber" into a gooey mess.

Get a spare vent cover to have on hand. They break down under UV sunlight and get brittle after 3-4 years.

Let us know how the install goes.
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Looking at using Mean Green to wash it with a soft scrub brush and a good rinse.
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Looking at using Mean Green to wash it with a soft scrub brush and a good rinse.
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What are the ingredients in Mean green?
Contains Water, Glycol Ether Solvent, Detergents, and Alkaline Builders, Biodegradable Cleaning Agents.

Source: https://www.heb.com/product-detail/m...aning%20Agents.
Looks okay
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Looking at using Mean Green to wash it with a soft scrub brush and a good rinse.

Make sure you have someone else on the ground rinsing or washing the sides as you go. The run off (Mean Green) from the roof (don't let it dry) will streak the sides as well as removing any wax or protective coating on the sides.

After inspection & performing any repairs, treat the roof with a good UV protectant (after a few days if you re-caulked). Then wax the sides.
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Make sure you have someone else on the ground rinsing or washing the sides as you go. The run off (Mean Green) from the roof (don't let it dry) will streak the sides as well as removing any wax or protective coating on the sides.

After inspection & performing any repairs, treat the roof with a good UV protectant (after a few days if you re-caulked). Then wax the sides.
Looking at the OP's photos, it "appears to NOT be a EPDM rubber roof that would typically get get treated with a UV protectant. (OP's is a textured surface)

The company that makes my textured TPO roof membrane (Alpha) does not recommend treating the membrane, only washing.

Being R/V manufacturers use several different roof membrane materials, it's always good to follow the manufacturers guideline.
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