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Old 11-24-2008, 09:49 PM   #15
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because they can! Actually I think it has a lot to do with the fact that since the parts are different, they aren't mass produced, therefore cost more, or worse yet didn't exist for awhile and vendors are recooping their costs of have the part made from scratch. Pretty much the same reason special order parts at stores are usually so much more than what they stock.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:58 AM   #16
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2007 Roof Vent Problem

Just went on first trip of year,got to destination and found roof vent gone!!!.
Was able to park truck next to trailer (about an inch) stand on truck and
Tape Garbage bag over opening.Layed on trailer,did not have to get on roof.
It rained while camping and on rtn.trip to dealer.Unit stayed dry.
Having Dealer install another Fantastic Fan.We have one over Bedroom and it shows no wear ! So will rplc the kitchen one with a Fantastic Fan.
I would suggest that all 2007 owners inspect there vents as soon as possible.Also carry Duct Tape and large Black Garbage Bag or spare vent.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:10 AM   #17
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Same problem

I woke up one sunny saturday morning with a pleasant breeze blowing on my face... then realized it was because the vent cover was GONE. I made a temp cover from a plastic box lid, then went to my local RV shop and bought a replacement.

About 2 weeks ago I was in JC, and had the vent replaced with a Fantastic Fan. The first time I tried it, oh joy! They'd put in a reversable one!!!!! So now If I'm lying on the bed boondocking in hot weather I can have the fan blowing IN on me if I want it to. BOY are those things powerful, when you start one you'd better hurry to the other end of the trailer and open the lid on the second one or your ears are going to pop from the pressure. They really create a great breeze inside even on the low setting - and are quieter than the AC.

More boondocking possible now!

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Old 04-14-2009, 10:26 AM   #18
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My vent cover was replaced under warranty last fall. I wanted to install a Fantastic Fan but there is NO POWER running close to the vent in the bedroom. The only way the dealer said that they could install it was to tie into the light power in the ceiling lights. Of course, you have to have the lights on for the fan to work which seemed a bit STUPID. Anybody else have luck in finding power for their SE Safaris?
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:24 PM   #19
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My vent cover was replaced under warranty last fall. I wanted to install a Fantastic Fan but there is NO POWER running close to the vent in the bedroom. The only way the dealer said that they could install it was to tie into the light power in the ceiling lights. Of course, you have to have the lights on for the fan to work which seemed a bit STUPID. Anybody else have luck in finding power for their SE Safaris?
I checked with Rod at C&G Trailer. All of the 12V runs in the ceiling. They could have tied into another wire. They wouildn't have to use power from the lights. Rod's number is 800 662-3790 if you want use pick his brain.
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:46 PM   #20
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Update on replacement lids for standard vent:

I was at Al's RV in Phoenix, AZ, a week ago, and someone is now manufacturing replacement lids in polycarbonate material (like the Fantastic Fan uses). These should last much longer than the regular cheap plastic they have used for years. Check out your local RV parts place, and have them order the new lids if they don't have them in stock.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:45 PM   #21
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Front Bedroom Fantastic Fan

In my 07 Saf. they tapped into to Light Fixture power.I have to have the wall switch on (nxt to closet) but turn the light off with it's switch.Thereby being able to use the Fantastic Vent. Hope that sound's right.I admit it's weird to me ,but it work's.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:57 PM   #22
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just picked up a replacement for my 27FB....the part was a Jenson New Style roof vent lid. Cost was $18 bucks. It is probably covered by the 7 yr warranty I have but I'd have to leave the trailer at the AS service place for 3 weeks just for them to get around to installing it and the place is 50 miles away.
PS: I also picked up a Maxx Air vent cover ( silver ) which will go over the vent and offer some extra protection from sun.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:01 PM   #23
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TPdrums;

The price diference is the quality of the plastic.

I have a 1972 Airstream International Sovereign 31'.
My brother has a 1974 Airstream International 31’.
Maintaining 2 of these trailers has given the both of us insight to the tricks of the trade. I would be glad to assist I can.

VintageRV Parts as a vent lid 15.25" Square made of GE Plastic. ($75)

PPL of Houston has some lids part # 31-1646 but it is Polypropylene. ($55)

PPL of Houston Ventlin Metal Roof Vent #31647 - 14" Square ($20?)

Hey, Does your's have a factory hole in the top center of the vent lid? One of mines does.
At this time, we are working on repairing and probably replacing the roof vent covers next season. Our trailers have 3 roof vent covers each. While making a temporary repair using fiberglass stranded bondo, I noticed on my RV that the center vent lid had a small ˝” hole that appears to be factory made. Why would a hole be in the roof lid from the factory? Is it a “double bottom” design lid perhaps and the hole is for trapped rainwater evaporation??
Would anyone know?
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It's not only the vent covers! The skylights deteriorate just as fast and they'll fly off leaving nothing but the screws surrounded by tiny rings of plastic. The answer for the skylights is to use large flat washers under the screws or - better yet - continuous flat aluminum bars on all four sides.
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It's not only the vent covers! The skylights deteriorate just as fast and they'll fly off leaving nothing but the screws surrounded by tiny rings of plastic. The answer for the skylights is to use large flat washers under the screws or - better yet - continuous flat aluminum bars on all four sides.
Could you please tell me the best name brand etc. and vender for replacement skylight covers?

It looks like the dealer replaced the aft one before I took delivery. The other one in the hall looks stock. I'd like to stay in front of the problem.



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I woke up one sunny saturday morning with a pleasant breeze blowing on my face... then realized it was because the vent cover was GONE. I made a temp cover from a plastic box lid, then went to my local RV shop and bought a replacement.

About 2 weeks ago I was in JC, and had the vent replaced with a Fantastic Fan. The first time I tried it, oh joy! They'd put in a reversable one!!!!! So now If I'm lying on the bed boondocking in hot weather I can have the fan blowing IN on me if I want it to. BOY are those things powerful, when you start one you'd better hurry to the other end of the trailer and open the lid on the second one or your ears are going to pop from the pressure. They really create a great breeze inside even on the low setting - and are quieter than the AC.

More boondocking possible now!

Paula
Paula..... Saw your post from last year on having the standard vent in your bedroom replaced with a Fantastic Fan. Was the dealer able to find a 12v electric supply for the Fantastic without having to leave the bedroom lights on when the fan is running?
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I had to replace the original set after a little more than a year on my '05, but the second set is hanging in there. I did give them a coat of Krylon plastic white paint-possibly it helped protect the plastic.

On a very similar note, today I replaced the Dometic air conditioner exterior cover. I had noticed a few cracks. When I rested my hand on it, it broke through. It had little more strength than a potato chip.

On the skylight I replaced it last summer with a stronger, heavier version sold by Inland RV. So far it has held up well with no haze or discoloration (just checked it today when I was on the roof).
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vent covers

Which vent lids/covers did you decide upon for your problem? And, what was the result of using those? We need to replace 2 14" vent lids and I'm having trouble finding them with the radius corners that raise and lower like our originals.

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