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Old 01-16-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Vent replacement parts/Shaft snapped

I was trying to free up the rusted shaft that raises the vents. all the aluminum parts were fine but the shaft is made of iron and it was rusted so bad it was locked. I used liquid wrench the day before and soaked the shaft. Then 24 hours later I put some muscle on the shaft and it snapped in half. I hope I can get another shaft. I am going to take it out and see if I can get one machined. Anybody have suggestions? I wrote Inland to see if they had a salvaged one but I never heard back. I will call them today

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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Steel shaft? Mine are all aluminum. Steel shaft should be easy to manufacture from a bolt? Agree that pictures would make it much easier.
I had one of my vent jacks badly frozen. Spraying with BP didn't loosen it up. I had to remove the bottom bracket, take the side pin out and using socket wrenches as a sleeve tap the jack middle part down with a hammer. That broke the dirt lock and allow for turning it later.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:15 PM   #4
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I will post a pic this weekend because we have rain rolling in and I have the trailer covered because that vent has a bad leak.

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Old 01-16-2008, 12:19 PM   #5
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I was trying to free up the rusted shaft that raises the vents. all the aluminum parts were fine but the shaft is made of iron and it was rusted so bad it was locked. I used liquid wrench the day before and soaked the shaft. Then 24 hours later I put some muscle on the shaft and it snapped in half. I hope I can get another shaft. I am going to take it out and see if I can get one machined. Anybody have suggestions? I wrote Inland to see if they had a salvaged one but I never heard back. I will call them today

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We do not sell used or salvaged parts.

We have that elevator screw in stock.

They have never been made using steel.

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Old 11-12-2008, 09:59 PM   #6
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Steel shaft? Mine are all aluminum. Steel shaft should be easy to manufacture from a bolt? Agree that pictures would make it much easier.
I had one of my vent jacks badly frozen. Spraying with BP didn't loosen it up. I had to remove the bottom bracket, take the side pin out and using socket wrenches as a sleeve tap the jack middle part down with a hammer. That broke the dirt lock and allow for turning it later.
i'm working on the same problem. '60 Tradewind. How did you remove the side pin? And how did you remove the bottom bracket? they are all riveted down, so it seems.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:47 AM   #7
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Basically I made a decision to get rid of all three vents. I drilled out the rivets on top and took off the inside part with lights and screen. I put in two new vents with lights and fan. I put in a fantastic fan in place of the third vent. Very happy I did what I did. I have white clear vent caps in the living and galley area for the new fans. Wow! it really adds the light and makes the trailer look so much better and not dark. You only need one fantastic fan. Those fans really suck the air. No more leaks

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