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Old 02-10-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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Sewer vent pipe cover gaskets

We just replaced this sewer vent pipe cover gasket, yesterday.

It was removed from a 2005 30 foot Safari.

It''s only 3 1/2 years old.

Normally they last 5 years, but this one says otherwise.

We suggest that you add this to the top of your "PM to do list."

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Thanks Andy been there done that, at 2yrs.
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gasket

2 years.

We wonder how many are leaking, without the owners knowledge?

Maybe everyone should have them checked and/or replaced before the warranty runs out.

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2 years.

We wonder how many are leaking, without the owners knowledge?

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Probably more than we are aware of.

Does the failed gasket say "Made In China" on the back?

Thanks for keeping us aware of the often overlooked maintenance items Andy.
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Does the failed gasket say "Made In China" on the back?

Thanks for keeping us aware of the often overlooked maintenance items Andy.
Unfortunately, there are no markings of any kind.

I guess the warnings to everyone should change from the 5 years to 2 years.

The good part however, is that gasket is pretty cheap, and can be changed out in a few minutes, but vulkem sealer should also be applied around the circle, which should extend it's life.

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2 years.

We wonder how many are leaking, without the owners knowledge?

Maybe everyone should have them checked and/or replaced before the warranty runs out.

Andy
I found it while on the roof for the Spring get ready. As you can see in the pictures, what got my goat was the fact that the factory only saw fit to install half the mount screws. I used an old inner tube and cut the gasket, drilled as necessary and replaced with stainless screws.

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What's the best material to make the gasket from?
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The one above, post 2, I made from a new truck inner tube, a bit thicker and a lot more subtle. Used liberal amounts of polyurethane on both sides and around vent tube.
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You guys keep finding things for me to do. Mine is a 94 and I am sure they are original.
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So what do you all use to remove the old goop and what new goop do you use to reseal the vent cap???

I have been putting this off on our '06, but I guess it is time I get up on the roof and take care of the vent cap and the cracking around the perimiter of the sky lights. My sky lights aren't leaking, but there is a crack line between each and every screw around the perimiter of every skt light.
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So what do you all use to remove the old goop and what new goop do you use to reseal the vent cap???

I have been putting this off on our '06, but I guess it is time I get up on the roof and take care of the vent cap and the cracking around the perimiter of the sky lights. My sky lights aren't leaking, but there is a crack line between each and every screw around the perimiter of every skt light.
That's because of the material used along with excessive tightening of the screws.

There are hundreds of owners with the same problem.

Unfortuantely, very few are aware of "what's happening" on the roof.

The roof must be checked periodically, or else you may pay huge penalties, should the trailer not be used for a while.

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So what do you all use to remove the old goop and what new goop do you use to reseal the vent cap???
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Sounds like the same guy was on your roof too...



This worked for us..
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What's the best material to make the gasket from?
I recommend EPDM roofing material, the black stuff they use on commercial roofs. It has UV inhibitors in it and is designed to be exposed to the weather...some of those roofs even come with a 10 year warranty

Watch for a roofing in job in you area, ask the guys they will be glad to give you a few scraps, then use your vent cover piece as a pattern and cut it just a bit bigger.

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One of my many hobbies is building water features. I have pond liner with UV protection and have cut the gasket out of that material. You may be able to buy a scrap piece at one of the big box stores.
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