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Old 04-28-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hole in roof vent

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I just discovered that my front roof vent has a hole in it. Not a pin hole, like a hole you could fit a tennis ball through. Fortunately I live in Colorado where rain isn't a commonly used word. However, I still need to fix it ASAP. Are replacement vent covers readily available at camping world, etc?
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Camping world has a lot to choose from. Make sure to have a picture of yours to match it up and spend the $$ for a good one.
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I y'all,

I just discovered that my front roof vent has a hole in it. Not a pin hole, like a hole you could fit a tennis ball through. Fortunately I live in Colorado where rain isn't a commonly used word. However, I still need to fix it ASAP. Are replacement vent covers readily available at camping world, etc?
What year Airstream?

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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I y'all,

I just discovered that my front roof vent has a hole in it. Not a pin hole, like a hole you could fit a tennis ball through. Fortunately I live in Colorado where rain isn't a commonly used word.
Yeh, but you might get a foot of snow tomorrow or today or next week. Put some duct tape or something similar over it until you get it fixed.

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It's a 78 sovereign. I got up on the roof and the hole is only through the outer part of the cover. I attached a photo. It still needs to be replaced nonetheless. The window gasket on one of my street side windows is pulling out too. Do I need to have the whole gasket replaced or can I just reposition the existing gasket?

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Here is the window gasket I'm referring to:
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Here is the window gasket I'm referring to:
Solardome covers are available in milk white and solar gray. They are plastic.
Some have thermal barriers.

Make sure there is no water withing that window sash (metal frame).

Insert some vulkem Sikoflex into the sash.

Force the gasket back in place, and secure it with some "duct tape".

After a couple od days, remove the duct tape.

How are the black window gaskets? If they are original you should find them cracked.

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The vent is pretty easy to fix. My vents look like yours and the plastic piece should be 9.5x9.5 inches with about a 4" radius on the corners. Best to remove the vent mounting arms from the inside by removing two 1/4-20 bolts and springs. Make note of how the springs go back. You have to remove the light assembly to get the the screws. You can replace the plastic with Lexan or just put an aluminum plate over it like I did.

On the gasket, I don't think there is a replacement. I think that gasket is part of a U-shaped gasket that cradles the two window pains. I would cut the gasket and stuff the edges back in the crack. Then you can take a utility knife and cut the lip that sticks up above the window frame. You can create a new bead with Trempro-635 or something similar.

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