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Old 04-06-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
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As part of my roof overhaul looking for my leak, I did notice that the sewer vent is not in the greatest shape. Where do I buy a new one?
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:29 PM   #2
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As part of my roof overhaul looking for my leak, I did notice that the sewer vent is not in the greatest shape. Where do I buy a new one?
What year trailer? What model? Your profile does not tell.
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:39 PM   #3
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:47 PM   #4
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Does it look like this?
http://www.inlandrv.com/parts/83595-vpipecvr.jpg
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:55 PM   #5
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I'll have to crawl back up there and take a look tomorrow but I think it's rubber.
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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Uwe,

Mine looks like that, but made from a deteriorated rubber material. (well, it probably wasn't deteriorated when it was made!) It's installed in the most curved section, so I was wondering how this metal one fits? The gasket doesn't look like it could provide enough "give" to fit the curve.

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Roger,

The metal base of the vent stack is not very large. It will sort of make it's own platform in the curve when you tighten it down carefully.
My Overlander ( 1963) just has some trim rings held on by 4 screws. The hole around the pipe gets filled with sealer, and the trim ring put on top until the sealer oozes out. The excess gets wiped off,and it's done.You can make, or find a suitable trim ring easily, I would imagine.
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:02 AM   #8
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Here's what it looks like. Looks like a replacement is in order eh?





Where do I get the replacement and how do I get that black hard gunk off the roof and what is it?
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:07 AM   #9
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I see that part is almost $50 at Inland RV. Is there a cheaper way to go? Can I just strip off all the caulk around this one and reuse?
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if the cap is sound meaning the screw holes are not broken out around the perimeter you can clean it up and reuse it.

what you need is the gasket and screen that goes under the aluminum cap.

inland has those and are inexpensive, you will need a tube of vulkem to seal it as well.

the last set i replaced on a buddy's trailer i used a brass wire wheel chucked in a drill to remove the crud. since the area under the cap will never be seen, "roughing" it up with the wire wheel causes no harm and is a very fast way to clean it up.

i have to do it to my trailer this spring, i will take pix and post them when it warms up a little more.

do a search on "sewer vent" here you will find tons of info and how to's.

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go back up to post #4 in this thread, the pic uwe posted shows the screen and gasket.

i just checked, they are on sale right now.

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wacnstac,
Looks like your cap may have pulled loose and stripped the screws or the screws may have backed out? The caulk looks like ooollllddd vulkem, you can gently scrape it off with a razor blade scraper. There is an EPDM rubber gasket and a piece of fiberglass screening that goes under the cap. You have a couple of choices if the screws are stripped you can go with a next size larger screw (reccomend stainless!) or rotate the cap slightly and make new holes sometimes you can gently flatten the screw hole out and the orginal screw will "bite" again but that is an iffy proposition. If you move the cap to make new holes be sure you get plenty of caulking in the old ones. Sewer vent caps are maintenance items, they need to be checked yearly and the seals replaced every 5 years or so depending on exposure to the weather.

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This makes it tough to buy small items - one at a time, you do have two vents but even on sale they cost less than $7 each. I guess you can buy a spare - 3 total. Then the shipping kicks in. Go to the hardware store and buy some rubber sheet. Cost will be very little and cut your own. Use the base as a template. Get some brass screen while your at it. The bulk stores (Home Depot, Lowes) won't carry it but mom and pop stores will. I bet you can make both for under $5.

Now, before I'm pounded on this, I find Inland RV an valuable resource and will buy alot of stuff for my Caravel from him but I will wait to do a bulk order. There are several forums on cost that state "$20K - $30K - $40K in my restoration". I find it hard to pay the shipping on $20 worth of parts at $5 to $8 for additional shipping. Adds up quick
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I agree, in fact my "gaskets" are made out of some scrap EPDM roofing materials I had laying around. I used fiberglass screening because I had some left over from a previous project. Give the fact that the vents probably need to be redone every 5-7 years the fiberglass screening should make it that far.

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