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Old 09-09-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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Angry Plastic Bedroom Roof Vent Deterioration

I just came back from visiting my 2007 25’ Safari in the storage yard and found the white plastic cover from our opening roof vent over our forward bedroom in the lot next to my trailer. After two years of being in the sun the plastic on the vent cover deteriorated from the sun’s ultra violet and the recent winds in the area pulled the vent cover off the roof and let the rain in and soak the mattress, rug and floor of my trailer. I expected that Airstream would use high quality UV resistant products on a $57K trailer that would last longer, I guess I was wrong! I suggest that anyone with a trailer with one of the standard (non Fantastic Fan) vents take preventative action and replace their vent covers every 1 years to prevent the same from happening. At a minimum I would carry a replacement cover with me.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Bummer! Sorry you had to deal with that mess. I need to check mine out so thanks for the reminder. Hope you get yours fixed up better than new soon.
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This is a not uncommon problem with that type of vent. It will happen again if you simply replace the cover. We had that happen, and replaced our vent with a Fantastic Fan, and have been glad we did.
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I had the same problem but did not want to purchase a fantastic fan, I purchased the replacements and painted them with good UV resistance paint they seem to be holding up. It also help to cut down on the amount of light coming into the trailer which I felt was excessive and interfered with my nap time.
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We've already replaced our vent cover, and it is a common problem. I wonder if Airstream is still using those same cheesey covers knowing of this issue.
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We've already replaced our vent cover, and it is a common problem. I wonder if Airstream is still using those same cheesey covers knowing of this issue.
The covers do have the virtue of being cheap, both to initially install, and to replace. They tend to be around $10, and take about 15 minutes to replace.
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on my 90 model i could not find any of the plastic covers that would fit locally, so i found some metal ones that i had to slightly modified to fit. they work great and unless they get hit by a tree or somthing i should not have to replace them for a long while
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This is a not uncommon problem with that type of vent. It will happen again if you simply replace the cover. We had that happen, and replaced our vent with a Fantastic Fan, and have been glad we did.
Overlander63...You indicated that you replaced your plain roof vent with a fantastic fan. Where did you get your power supply for the new Fantastic Fan? Was it an easy swap from the standard fan assembly to the Fantastic Fan?
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:48 AM   #9
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We replaced ours once. When the second one started to crack, we decided to bite the bullet and install a new remote-control Fantastic Fan in the bedroom of our 25FB. We had planned to do the fan thing anyway, and we were at JC having some other work done.

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Old 10-13-2008, 05:59 PM   #10
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2nd replacement, 2 years at max

I just found the same problem this weekend for the 2x time on our 19ft 2005 Bambi. Seems like they last at max, 2 years, when exposed. Also, replacing them is a real PIA since the air conditioner is in the way of the hinges.

How are people getting power to the fantastic fans?
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:09 AM   #11
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I decided not to go through the sun damaged roof vent in the rain again and had our dealer install a MaxxAir II on the cheap front roof vent and a Maxx Air Fan/Mate for the Fantastic Fan. This will keep the direct sun off the vent covers and protect them from the UV damage. The only thing I noticed is that the vent covers don't open as high as they did without the covers and there is less air flow than we had without them. The good news is that I shouldn't find a big hole in my roof letting the rain in the next time the UV kills a cover.
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Overlander63...You indicated that you replaced your plain roof vent with a fantastic fan. Where did you get your power supply for the new Fantastic Fan? Was it an easy swap from the standard fan assembly to the Fantastic Fan?
I'm sorry I missed this question earlier, but the power wire for the fan runs through the roof, on the curbside, near the fan housing. It was more or less direct swap-oout, with no real issues. I think it took me about an hour or so, your installation time may be greater. I was motivated by dark storm clouds overhead...
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Recurring problem

One of the factory techs told me this was a problem with a run of vent covers recently. I replaced both of mine after they failed last summer. Prior to that, I had another Airstream with the same covers that lasted 7 years without a problem.

I expect the replacement to last as long, but will keep a close eye on it. If you can snap a corner of the plastic off with your fingers, then it is getting ready to fail and needs to be replaced.

Replacement is an easy 5 minute job.

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The covers do have the virtue of being cheap, both to initially install, and to replace. They tend to be around $10, and take about 15 minutes to replace.
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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