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Old 09-19-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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Stove vent dampner

The plastic stove vent cover on my 67 Tradewind will need a little(actually a lot) repair before reinstalling. The question that I have is was there originally some type of dampner for the stove vent? Mine did not have any type of dampner to keep cold and critters out when not in use. There is a mud dauber nest the size of Texas near the fan. Before I go to the time and trouble to repair the old roof vent cover I'd like to find out if there is better solution. Did a search and could not find much. The vent cover is the last step in making it water tight and need to do it soon...
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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Anybody?

How are the newer trailers vented? I'm open to suggestions. Right now ours has a 5.5 inch round hole in the curved portion roof that was covered with a clamshell shaped cover. Hard to believe this is how they rolled off the factory floor since there was nothing to prevent 'things' from entering the stove vent.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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How are the newer trailers vented? I'm open to suggestions. Right now ours has a 5.5 inch round hole in the curved portion roof that was covered with a clamshell shaped cover. Hard to believe this is how they rolled off the factory floor since there was nothing to prevent 'things' from entering the stove vent.
The part you describe is an original, made with plastic.

A metal cover was later used by Airstream

Then Zip Dee came out with a modified cover, so that their awning would rest on the roof, not the cover. After a few years, the mold for that metal cover broke.

Then a fiberglass replacement became available that matched the Zip Dee design.

The round vent cover hole is supposed to be covered with a fine mesh metal screening to keep the bugs out.

That screening, can easily be added.

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I use the piece of foam cut out from a 35mm camera storage case to fit in the vent during non travel, with 4" "Remove Before Flight" banner so I don't forget to remove it for towing. No wasps thus far.

Screen would work better, how do you attach form and it?
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I use the piece of foam cut out from a 35mm camera storage case to fit in the vent during non travel, with 4" "Remove Before Flight" banner so I don't forget to remove it for towing. No wasps thus far.

Screen would work better, how do you attach form and it?
You can use screening material that has about a 1/4 inch mesh.

Then, fold it over the edges of the round hole by maybe a half inch.

The install some pop rivets along with washers, around the outside of the hole, that will hold the sceening in place.

If there is nothing to attach to, then install the screening on the shell, over the hole, and then seal the rivets with Vulkem.

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Guess no dampner then? I understand the screen but was hoping for something to address heat and cold from entering. guess i could do something at the hood screen to 'close' it off when not in use.
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Guess no dampner then? I understand the screen but was hoping for something to address heat and cold from entering. guess i could do something at the hood screen to 'close' it off when not in use.
We didn't think of making things "green" back then.

But some of the older stove vent hoods, indeed had an inner unseen door that could be closed.

The handle for it was on the outside of the round tube, inside the rooflocker.

But, if yours does not have one, it's not a difficult task to add one, but you must have some patience, if you decide to undertake that task.

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