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Old 02-08-2016, 08:51 AM   #1345
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Where there is a will, there is a way!

So, does the entire silver face of the vent rotate as you adjust it? And is the center axle (which can you can see in the photo) the only thing holding the plastic base with tabs to the silver adjustable vents and trim flange?

Why not (if my assumptions are correct):
-- drill out the axle (is that a riveted connection I see?)
-- attach the two parts (silver and plastic) to each other with nut and bolt
-- detach two pieces
-- screw plastic sub-flange to the ceiling
-- attach silver face to plastic base with nut and bolt
[nut may have to be adhered to back of plastic somehow?]
-- or could you get one of those rivets which have internal machine threads, and rivet it to the plastic base, to receive the bolt from below?

Yeah! I am liking the way this is headed. Are we pointed in a workable direction do you think?

Peter

PS -- Or how about this Fred Flintstone approach -- wrap 1-3 layers of aluminum foil over/around each plastic tab sticking up, and jam the whole thing up into the opening?

Yabba Dabba Doo !!! ???
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:04 AM   #1346
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This lack of attention to the curvature design of the ceiling versus a flat fixture being attached is not new.

Our 2014 Classic had the Fluorescent light fixtures installed cross frame. The are screwed tight to the ceiling even though they were designed for under a flat bottom a cabinet. This put a slight bend to the fixture the put pressure on the center of the plastic lens at each end. All of ours cracked.

I got the dealer to provide me with new ones. They wanted to install them and I said they were incapable of doing the job properly. I took them home and sanded a slight radius in each lenses edge on both ends so the lens matched the space available. The center of the lens was now a little shorted than the bottom length of the lens next to the ceiling.

Putting a 5" hole through a skin joint is just poor planning with this attachment design.

The only true fix is a new attachment plate cast with the ceiling radius and a slightly longer round shoulder to move the rotating louvers slightly farther away from the ceiling so it could remain flat.

Putting a doubler circle plate inside the opening would allow for screws to hold the fixture in place.
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #1347
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Gorilla glue or 2-sided tape, the red backed variety used to attach the trim on GM pickups....seriously. I use both of these items often in my trailer.

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Old 02-08-2016, 10:19 AM   #1348
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Gorilla glue or 2-sided tape, the red backed variety used to attach the trim on GM pickups....seriously. I use both of these items often in my trailer.

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This is worth a try, but as someone said earlier, poor design to begin with. They need to be confronted about this one. How do you get to a sr. mgr. at AS and make them aware of this type issue? I was seriously looking at upgrading to a 2016 or 2017, 27' FC later this year because of the ducting primarily, but now I will wait for a fix...
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:01 PM   #1349
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Where there is a will, there is a way!

So, does the entire silver face of the vent rotate as you adjust it? And is the center axle (which can you can see in the photo) the only thing holding the plastic base with tabs to the silver adjustable vents and trim flange?

Why not (if my assumptions are correct):
-- drill out the axle (is that a riveted connection I see?)
-- attach the two parts (silver and plastic) to each other with nut and bolt
-- detach two pieces
-- screw plastic sub-flange to the ceiling
-- attach silver face to plastic base with nut and bolt
[nut may have to be adhered to back of plastic somehow?]
-- or could you get one of those rivets which have internal machine threads, and rivet it to the plastic base, to receive the bolt from below?

Yeah! I am liking the way this is headed. Are we pointed in a workable direction do you think?

Peter

PS -- Or how about this Fred Flintstone approach -- wrap 1-3 layers of aluminum foil over/around each plastic tab sticking up, and jam the whole thing up into the opening?

Yabba Dabba Doo !!! ???
Thank you, Peter. I think that this could be a permanent fix for this issue.

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Old 02-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #1350
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This is worth a try, but as someone said earlier, poor design to begin with. They need to be confronted about this one. How do you get to a sr. mgr. at AS and make them aware of this type issue? I was seriously looking at upgrading to a 2016 or 2017, 27' FC later this year because of the ducting primarily, but now I will wait for a fix...

I have had email contact with the Service Center and Customer Technical Support at Jackson Center, and have made them aware of this issue. Neither could offer any solution. I have had a much better response from the membership here on AirForums than the factory has provided.

I surely am not the only one who has contacted them about this issue. They seem to have the ostrich attitude of just sticking their head in the sand and hoping that it will go away.

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Old 02-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #1351
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I have had email contact with the Service Center and Customer Technical Support at Jackson Center, and have made them aware of this issue. Neither could offer any solution. I have had a much better response from the membership here on AirForums than the factory has provided.

I surely am not the only one who has contacted them about this issue. They seem to have the ostrich attitude of just sticking their head in the sand and hoping that it will go away.

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Yea, sounds like the same early response they had to the "oil canning" issue with the newer models when you shift weight in the kitchen area..."oh, your the first person who has mentioned this!" Yea, right....was the Forum where the quick solution was found....

Wonder if Patrick at Colonial knows who to call there at the factory to get some more attention? Seems the king of the dealers should get some ones ear? But, that just may be me trying to be logical...
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:23 PM   #1352
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Brian, having a 2016 with the adjustable vents & no problems, I'm wondering if the early 2015 models were not as precise with the hole cuts for the air vents causing your change out not to fit correctly.
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:15 PM   #1353
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Take the vent out, put a little dab of clear RTV on each tab, put vent back in roof. Never worry about them falling again.

This works.
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Take the vent out, put a little dab of clear RTV on each tab, put vent back in roof. Never worry about them falling again.

This works.

I like this idea as it will not require any modifications to the vent. If I did this, how difficult would it be to remove the vent unit, if necessary?

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Moderately easy. The clear RTV is very robust yet easy removed by rolling it. But, it hardly lets go on its own. It was a common trick back in the day to use a dab to keep your hubcaps on yet they were easily removeable.

Just put a dab on two or three tabs...the vents will stay on their own but you can pop them out easily by spinning them first to break the RTV seal.
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Now that sounds like an excellent first choice!
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Very Timely! Have an appointment on Monday to install new revolving vents in our 2015 FC FB twin. I will have a tube of RTV with me.

We will also have all the trim on clearance lights, tail lights and scare lights warranty replaced since plastic chrome has turned dark brown.

When in Hilton Head over Thanksgiving holiday we were camped next to two Airstream.
A young couple came by and were excited to see us and said they had an Airstream on the other side of the campground.
Just happened to be the General manger of Airstream Jackson Center making their way to the RV Trade show in Louisville.
He may be a great contact for some of these issues. He was taken aback by the light trim.
I'll bet there is a market for Stainless trim for our Airstream!
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This morning I hit Wal-Mart early and picked up a tube of Clear RTV Silicone. I will first try it on the vents that have fallen most often. These are mainly inthe living room and bath. The vents in the bedroom have never fallen.

Where do you think that I will do the most good with the silicone? It has been suggested that I put it on the little plastic tabs. I am concerned that since these rub against the sharp aluminum edge of the hole when being inserted that the silicone will peel right off.

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