Roof Vent Cover
An RV or recreational vehicle usually has a roof vent that allows smoke, odors, stale air, and excessive heat to go out of the vehicle. But since the vent is one sort of an opening, it has to be protected or concealed to prevent bugs, rain, dust, and small debris from getting in. That's when the roof vent cover comes into play.
The vent cover makes your on-the-road home a lot homier by allowing proper airflow while you travel, therefore keeping the interior of your RV or camper cooler and dryer. Because the interior is properly ventilated even during the times when the RV door is shut, mold accumulation is also prevented. And the vent does these tasks without making you worry about those debris and other stuff that might get inside the vehicle via the vent opening.
If you want to continue enjoying all these advantages, you should never overlook a damaged roof vent cover. It's a good thing that vent cover replacement is fairly straightforward even for novice DIYers. Using basic automotive tools, a vent cover can be replaced in less than 15 minutes.
What you'll need:
- Socket set
- New vent cover
Accessing the vent cover
Step 1: With the camper or RV parked in a solid, level ground, start off your DIY task by getting the stepladder and carefully climbing your way up to conveniently access the vent cover, which is usually situated on the roof.
Removing the roof vent cover
Step 2: In some vehicles, you may need to remove a screen frame first before you can take the cover off. Depending on the set-up, the screen frame can be removed by either unscrewing its two to four retaining screws or removing its center crank before finally taking out the screen frame.
Step 3: Once the frame is out, or if your vent cover doesn't have a frame to begin with, put the cover in the open position and find the screws that secure it to the crank slide bracket. These bolts are usually located at the cover's highest point, opposite to the hinge.
Step 4: With the screwdriver, loosen the screws by turning them counterclockwise. Put the screws in a mug or any small container to avoid losing them. Don't make the mistake of leaving the screws on the camper's roof as they may punch a hole on it.
Step 5: Carefully pull open the vent cover until its hinge opens and sets the cover free.
Installing the new roof vent cover
Step 6: Compare the vent cover to the replacement unit to be sure that it will fit into the mounting surface. Also, take the time to check the rubber seal around the opening of the vent. Replace it when necessary.
Step 7: Install the new cover in place, connect it to the hinge, and secure it to the support arm or crank slide bracket by inserting and turning the screws clockwise.
Step 8: Get inside the camper or RV and connect the pivot screw to the crank or the support arm. Make sure it's in proper position before tightening the screw by turning it clockwise.
Step 9: Reinstall the screen frame if your vehicle has one. Check if the roof vent cover is working well by opening and closing it several times. Lube if needed. If the cover is now working well, rid the roof of all the tools that you've used during the installation process.