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Old 01-08-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Vent lift installation & Astrodome installation

I just received a set of 4 new vent lift operators from Inlamd RV. Can somebody direct me to a post instructing how to install them? I'm replacing the lifts on my old vent as well as installing a new astrodome from VTS, so I also need a link to instructions on how to install an astrodome. I'm using a forum app on my phone and no matter what I type into the forum search engine, it tells me that zero topics match my search. Thanks guys!
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I just received a set of 4 new vent lift operators from Inlamd RV. Can somebody direct me to a post instructing how to install them? I'm replacing the lifts on my old vent as well as installing a new astrodome from VTS, so I also need a link to instructions on how to install an astrodome. I'm using a forum app on my phone and no matter what I type into the forum search engine, it tells me that zero topics match my search. Thanks guys!
Try logging out and doing the search, it's a glitch. The search engine only works for me if I'm not logged in.
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I just received a set of 4 new vent lift operators from Inlamd RV. Can somebody direct me to a post instructing how to install them? I'm replacing the lifts on my old vent as well as installing a new astrodome from VTS, so I also need a link to instructions on how to install an astrodome. I'm using a forum app on my phone and no matter what I type into the forum search engine, it tells me that zero topics match my search. Thanks guys!
Install the operators with a # 46 or # 48 all aluminum pop rivet, with the head on the exterior of the cover. Then seal the rivet head with a little Parbond.

Drill the holes with a # 30 drill bit SLOWLY.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #4
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Vent lift installation & astradome installation

So I got my new lift operators from Inland and I'm trying to install them on my old Hehr aluminum vent cover and the hardware is significantly different in shape than the original vent lifts. I'm including pictures to help show what I mean. Hinge part is much longer than the original so that the triangular part does not fit into the indented space in the vent cover. And the new hinge has two holes where the original had three. The holes on the new one do not line up with the holes in the vent cover. So I guess I have a couple of questions. Will the new lifts work the same even though they have to be installed closer to the outer rim? (Again, enclosing a photo to show what I mean) also, if I need to drill new holes to attach the lifts, is there something I can buy to fill up the old holes or will I have to use an aluminum patch? Will the old and new parts work together or do I have to buy a new vent cover? Click image for larger version

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This is as far into the triangle indent that the new parts go.
Compared to how the old ones fit as seen here:
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And below you can see how much longer the hinged bit is. It seems pretty significant to me in terms of where the vent cover will be positioned over the opening, but maybe I'm wrong. Click image for larger version

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I hope I'm making sense. Basically, I don't want to drill new holes in my vent cover and attach everything only to find that it doesn't work and I'll just have to buy a different vent cover. Help! Thank you!

It's hard to get a photo of where the new lifts don't fit into the indented space for the old lifts.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #5
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I managed to install the astradome with the new lifts I bought from Inland, however, my fears were confirmed and the new vent lifts don't match up with my old aluminum Hehr vent cover. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a solution other than buying a new vent cover? If I were to buy a new cover, which ones will work with the Inland RV vent lifts? Sorry for bombarding you guys with questions. I promise to pay it forward in the future when i am am experienced airstream repairwoman. Thanks guys!
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