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Old 07-15-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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As I have an eye condition that is bothered by direct sunlight, I am trying to find (make) a temporary cover that is installed inside my bedroom vent so that the early morning light that comes through the vent doesn't bother my eyes. Your ideas will be appreciated.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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What brand vent do you have now? What you have will make a difference as to what is suggested.
For example, if you have a Fantastic Vent, you can get a solid white cover, or a solid grey cover.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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I have the standard vents - even without a fan. I am planning to install fantastic fans at some point. Is there a difference between fantastic fan and a fantastic vent?

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Hi, willyd. I just did that. I bought a vent cover from Camping World, it was white plastic, has a cross lattice pattern look, and comes with four corner holders. I cut the cover down in size. I cut the corner holders to fit. [I made it fit so I would not have to make new holes] I used the four screws that hold the vent bezel in place. Only problem was that the crank handle was too low, so I had to remove it. Later I bought a window knob [round black plastic] Now I can have a cover on my rear vent to block the light or take it off [slide it out] and have a knob to turn the vent crank to open it. Works great.
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I have the standard vents - even without a fan. I am planning to install fantastic fans at some point. Is there a difference between fantastic fan and a fantastic vent?

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There is really no difference, other than a Fantastic fan has a fan, and a Fantastic Vent is just a vent. Most people don't realize they can get a fanless vent.
You can get a Fantastic Fan from Vintage Trailer Supply with a silver lid, it blends in a little better on our silver trailers, though I don't know if they let in any light at all when closed.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:25 AM   #6
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Can you post a photo of what you have done? I hate the sun waking me at 5 in the morning when I am on vacation!
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If you don't want to spend any money and need a quick fix just cut out a piece of cardboard, punch a whole where the handle is. Blocks out all the sun. It usually comes out going down the road. I've used mine since I bought my Bambi. Cheap, easy and quick.
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Also had problem with too much sunlight coming in during the first sun. I went to Camping World and bought the Maxair Vent Cover (Smoke color). I wanted the black to minimize the light that comes in, but the Smoke vent cover was more then enough. Mounts easily over the existing standard vent. Price was $29.95 here in SoCal. Took less then an hour to install. (Easy).

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:34 AM   #9
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Hi, here are some pictures of my vent cover. It is white plastic with chrome bubble insulation on the top side. As I stated earlier, I modified it to fit useing the Airstream bezel screw locations. It really blocks out the light. Note the black plastic window knob I used to be able to slide the cover on and off because the crank handle was too low. On the cover I trimmed all four sides and re-rounded the corners. Also on the corner brackets, I cut them down a bit too.
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My vent covers on my '72 overlander have totaly disintigrated... Looking for new ones, I tried Camping world and they had none that would fit. The hinges were all different. Calling My local A/S dealer, they said they had a few of the white ones for $50 a piece and then Inland RV has the smoke ones at $80 a piece. If the only difference is the hinge, why are the ones at Camping World only $15 and the others so expensive? The A/S's don't come with any mounting hardware anyway. They said I have to rivet the old hardware on myself.
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My vent covers on my '72 overlander have totaly disintigrated... Looking for new ones, I tried Camping world and they had none that would fit. The hinges were all different. Calling My local A/S dealer, they said they had a few of the white ones for $50 a piece and then Inland RV has the smoke ones at $80 a piece. If the only difference is the hinge, why are the ones at Camping World only $15 and the others so expensive? The A/S's don't come with any mounting hardware anyway. They said I have to rivet the old hardware on myself.
Caping Worlds cover are made with a cheap plastic that has a short life. They also do not have a thermal barrier.

Airstream does not have solar gray covers.

Airstreams white covers do not have a thermal barrier.

We have the solar gray and the white, both of which are double thickness at the top, which is a thermal barrier.

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Thanks for the reply and the clarification Andy. It just seems like a pretty penny for a chunk of plastic... If I get yours I wont have to replace them in another year or two will I?
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Thanks for the reply and the clarification Andy. It just seems like a pretty penny for a chunk of plastic... If I get yours I wont have to replace them in another year or two will I?
Nope, not unless someone uses them for target practice.

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We were bothered by the bright light also, and came up with this homemade remedy as shown below. We took a standard 15" silver insulated vent cover from CG. We covered it with black felt material and cut a slot in it for the manual controller on the Fantastic Fan. It is held in place with 4 clip from the dollar store. It goes on and off easily to use the fan. We've had these in use for over 2 years and have found they they work great for us.

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