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Old 09-17-2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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Vent Covers

I must be missing something because I didn't find anything about this in the "roof" section of the forums.

Anyhow... here are my vents. I'd like to know if any of you have come up with good cheap solutions to covering them. I had a problem evicting lots of wasps this summer, and would like to avoid giving them one more place to put down roots.

Vintage Trailer Supply has these replacement vents:
but it seems the flange require one to remove their original base mount. Not sure I want to do that if there's something I can do without needlessly drilling.

So.. if there are vent caps out there that keep rain and wasps out, and don't blow off on the highway... tell us about 'em!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:26 AM   #2
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These seem to be the modern replacements...

from Inland RV. The screen goes between the trailer & gasket to keep the critters out.


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Old 09-17-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #4
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If you really don't want to replace the vents, you could take a piece of aluminum screen & a zip tie and cover the top. That would keep the critters out. I did replace the rubber & screens on my vents (recommended to do every 5 years or so), but I used a chunk of roof rubber & aluminum screen that I had lying about. The screen you get in the kit is fiberglass & breaks down in the sunlight. Good luck!

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I looked into all these options when I re-sealed the stack vents on my 65 Caravel. My solution was to go with the original design and classic look of the pipe sticking up thru the skin with two small modifications:
First, get an aluminum or copper pot scrubber - sort of looks like very course steel wool- and plug the pipe exit. Drill the pipe and shove a thin pin (a piece of bicycle spoke?) thru the pipe and the scrubber so it doesn't slide down into the pipe. That will allow fluids to pass thru but keep the critters out. Second, I bought some of those rubber pipe caps supplied with a stainless hose clamp from Lowes. THey are supposed to close off 1- 1/2 inch pipe. I shove this over the vent pipe outside the trailer when the trailer is stored to keep rain water from going into the vents. Just pull them off when you get ready to camp. I don't use the clamp, just push the rubber cup over the pipe. Don't forget to paint the pipe silver where it emerges through the skin.
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If you want the pipe to look shiney, use that aluminum tape that's used for ducts. It's really shiney and is actually aluminum. I used it on my rear pipe vent several years ago andf it is still holding up well. Otherwise, you could try to find an aluminum tube that has an inside diameter the same size or slightly larger than the outside diameter of your existing plastic pipe and glue it in place. Aluminum wool would also work work keeping out the critters.

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Old 09-17-2008, 03:09 PM   #7
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These are great ideas - thanks everybody. Cosmos, I especially like your DIY approach, and think that'll probably be the one I go with.

Now I just have to take a look in there with a flashlight before I fix it up... to make sure it's not already plugged up with wasp nests!
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Wiegand01 used these from Vintage Trailer Supply on his 64 Safari. $6 a piece.
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