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Old 08-11-2020, 12:04 PM   #1
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Securing vent lids

We have two Airstreams, a 1986 motor home and a 1982 Limited trailer. We not “winterizing” them, but “summerizing” them, securing them against possible hurricanes down here in Baja Sur.

My question is about the covers on the ventilation fans. I do understand about the MaxAir style covers, but I am looking to secure the lids for a whole season under possible extreme conditions of wind and rain.

Our experience with the motor home is that its lids can ratchet themselves open in a wind storm. They are hinged on the forward side and lifted by a single arm on each side. I have found ways to strap them down for the season.

My question is about the lids on the trailer, which are mechanically different. One of them is hinged on the aft side and lifted by a pair of parallel arms on each side. The other two are not hinged but lifted by a scissors jack (or X-jack) arrangement on each side.

This seems more secure, less likely to ratchet themselves open in the wind. Does anyone here have experience with this particular setup? Should I just close them up and not worry about them? Or is some more drastic action called for?
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Old 08-12-2020, 08:10 AM   #2
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My trailer has one of the scissor lift ones in the front. I noticed it trying to lift when I was towing. I recently replaced that dome and it was expensive. I didnt want to see the wind tear it off or or have it let rain in while towing. My solution was to put a Maxxair vent cover over it.
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