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Old 07-13-2022, 09:42 PM   #1
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Shower fan insulation or gasket blocking fan

I have looked at this for a couple of days but don't think a photo will show my concern.
The Shower Fan appears to be stuck on insulation or a gasket that pulled away when I opened the vent. The fan does not engage when I push the switch.
I can't tell if it is in the on or off position.
Of course, the fan motor could be inop. But, not many hours on the fan.
I reviewed the Forum for info about the shower fan. I found lots of great discussion about replacing the fan and adding a speed control . . .
I wonder. "Has someone else had the problem with the gasket stopping the fan from turning."
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Old 07-14-2022, 05:29 AM   #2
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It’s a pretty common thing. Common translates to “c’mon Airstream, fix this!”
Here’s a thread I started on it. I’m sure there are others. Easy fix if you don’t mind standing on a ladder to remove the 2 screws holding the top of the cover off.
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Old 07-14-2022, 06:46 AM   #3
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You should be able to reach the shower vent from a step ladder placed along side the trailer. Remove two screws and take off the cover to access the fan. Pull the loose material out and check to see if the fan runs or not. If it runs, replace the gasket and reassemble the fan. If the fan doesn't run you'll need a replacement for it.
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Old 07-14-2022, 07:00 AM   #4
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The little foam gasket stuck into the lid is worthless. Remove the 2 screws that hold on the lid up on the roof. Lift off the lid. Remove the worthless gasket. Put the lid back on. Your back in business. One of the first things I did to our second AS was to throw out those gaskets. We have yet to have any water leaking in during heavy rain with the lid pulled down in the closed position.

Hope the fan motor is not burned out. If so it is easy to replace.
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Old 07-15-2022, 07:35 AM   #5
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PC Conner - the exact same thing happened to me. I had the RV service center at my storage site look at it and it was a poorly installed seal that was crimped and keeping the fan from operating. They had plenty of seals and replaced it in about 15 minutes. He held up the old one for me to see (I was standing below, peering up anxiously - ha!) and it was a mess. It's a wonder my fan didn't burn out.
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Old 07-15-2022, 07:41 AM   #6
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Like uraljohn said, we also removed that unless foam gasket and did not replace them. We have had it this way for almost 2 years and have not had any rain leakage stationary or driving.
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Old 07-15-2022, 10:19 PM   #7
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The design should allow the removal of the bad gasket without replacing it with anything. But my OCD would never tolerate that
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Old 07-15-2022, 10:40 PM   #8
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I replaced mine, not a big fix and I feel better with the gasket in place. No problems in over 6 years and no sign of it coming apart like the first one did. My trailer is a 2006. The first one lasted about 10 years. I am surprised by those of you who have much newer (2021) trailers with this issue.
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Old 07-16-2022, 06:05 AM   #9
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Like others have said, it is a relatively easy fix and an opportunity to upgrade the gasket.

But I also agree that pressure should be put on the supplier by AS to eliminate this issue! Which makes me wonder if AS back charges the supplier for warranty repairs (of this or other purchased components)? Any information on this?
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Old 07-16-2022, 06:34 AM   #10
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Yes what a simple fix that AS should be fixing. I ended up replacing the cheap foam seal on both the shower and bathroom fans. I also replaced one of the motors and fan blades with a purchase from Amazon.

Ventline BVD0218-00 Ventadome Lids and Accessories - Fan Motor 12V DC (UL Listed)

Ventline BVD021700 Fan Blade

Had to replace the motor as it was burned out and the fan blade was replaced since the original foam seal damaged the blade.

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