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Old 05-20-2015, 05:06 PM   #29
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IMPORTANT INSTALLATION NOTE FOR NEW VENTS. If you are removing the screens and installing the new adjustable vents, here are a couple of tips from someone who's done this. 1) The screen vents can be difficult to remove as the three prongs that hold them in have very little give (I think they are stainless steel). You have to carefully slide a covered (I used electrical tape) flat screwdriver gently underneath and gradually move around the vent pulling it out a little at a time. You do not want to bend your aluminum roof. 2) After you remove the vent, check the hole that you're going to put your new vent into. The hole must be completely round. I think the roof was cut on their laser cutting device which cuts "most" of the hole, but leaves it in place until the roof is installed, after which they shear the remainder of the metal. If there is a small tab left on your roof (as there were in 9 of the 12 vents in my Classic), you will have to use a single bladed hacksaw to remove the tab. If you don't the new vents WILL NOT fit....as they require a complete circle. The good news is that the new vents have a plastic underbody which is what snaps into the roof. They install in a snap IF you have a perfectly round aperture for them.

When you say "remove the tab", are you referring to the piece of aluminum in the ceiling or a plastic tab on the vent?

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Old 05-20-2015, 05:09 PM   #30
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Piece of aluminum is in the ceiling. A small "gift" from the factory. It didn't matter with the screen vents, but you can't put the new vent in the opening if it isn't perfectly round.
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Many thanks for the installation information. I was concerned about how to remove the screen vents. Now I know to bring the hacksaw and a vacuum cleaner when I go camping this weekend. I'm not looking forward to getting aluminum shavings all over my interior though. Do you think curved metal shears would work in place of the saw?


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Old 05-20-2015, 05:51 PM   #32
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You won't be able to use shears. A Dremel would work with a cutting wheel -- I thought about this, but in the end the hacksaw was easiest. The tab you'll have to cut is around 3/4-1". It's not a big deal, but you'd be irritated if you decided to do this in a campground and didn't have the right tool. I was irritated, and I was at home!
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The Dremel is a great idea. I'll bring that and a hacksaw to the campground and suspect I'll still be making trips to the nearest Walmart.


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I've installed the new vents. All the holes were perfectly round except each one had a very small tab that didn't cause any problem with the new vents.

It was still cool enough that we were using the HP for heat and I was able to get the vents adjusted to get even heating front to back. That required leaving the vents in the front of the trailer fully open and the vents in the back are nearly closed. Overall, there isn't a great deal of flow from any of the vents so the system creates no drafts when it's running so it's actually very comfortable.

This weekend we should have temperatures in the upper 80' so I'll get a chance to see how it cools.


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I'd love to see photos of the new vents if anyone has them available at some point! :-)
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:16 PM   #36
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:33 PM   #37
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A few photos of what I found when I did the vent switch tonight on my 2015 Classic.

Nearly all of the openings had the small tab. I used a pair of wire cutters and simply snipped it off. In the righthand photo from CraigT you can see the snap tabs and raised lip. Without removing the tab the lip can't fully seat.

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To get the old covers off I used a couple small nail pry bars that I had. I wrapped the ends in a layer of electrical tape.

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I used a finger to pull down on an edge, got the small bar inserted and levered the gap wider and then inserted the larger bar to further remove the grill. Once two of the four prongs were release I put the tools down and pulled it out by hand.

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Only other thing to be aware of is that in some of the openings you can see the overlapping inner skin. I didn't find it a problem. Position the wide are between the plastic snaps so that they straddle the bit of inner panel that is intruding. All snapped into place, probably just enough give to allow the lip to full seat.

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Total time about 40 minutes to do all 12. First ones with trepidation and the last few pretty quick
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