They aren’t glamorous or exciting, but RV vent covers are crucial to keeping the inside of your RV dry and comfortable.
RV roof vent covers protect you from the elements and keep the cabin well ventilated.
Fortunately, these covers are fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain.
Everything travelers need to know about maintaining RV vent covers
As long as you have the proper information, maintaining your RV vent covers is pretty easy. Most tasks you can accomplish on your own, but it’s important to know your limits.
Don’t take-on any jobs you aren’t 100% sure you can accomplish without damaging your vehicle or hurting yourself.
Replacing your RV roof vent covers
Did you know most roof vent covers only last a few years?
Think about it: they’re subjected to rain, wind, UV rays, and even hail. You need to keep an eye on your covers and vents so you can replace them as needed. Replacing your vent covers is a pretty easy and cheap job you can do on your own. Most replacements cost less than $20 at any RV store or online.
- Bring the vent with you to the store to ensure you buy the proper size for your vehicle. If you’re shopping online, take proper measurements and take note of your RV’s make and model.
- Make sure to purchase enough vents. If one vent has broken, chances are another will also break soon. You might be better off just replacing all of them in one sitting.
- How do your vents attach to the roof? It may be easier to buy the same type of vent cover so you don’t need to drill any extra holes in your roof.
- Don’t lose anything. It isn’t easy to find extra hinges or parts that come with the vent cover so keep track of everything while you’re working.
Installing a roof vent cap
Since RV roof vent covers are such a common replacement, you should have no trouble finding instructional videos. In fact, your replacement roof vent cap will probably come with detailed instructions.
You’re only replacing the cap, so you won’t need to mess with the vent structure and risk damaging the integrity of the RV’s roof. Still, you want to make sure you execute the job correct.
- Only replace the roof vent cap in good weather. If it’s raining (or even slightly drizzling) you could slip and fall. Plus, you don’t want any water making its way into the RV.
- Keep a friend nearby incase anything goes wrong.
- Remove the old cover either by removing screws or pins from hinges.
- Install the new cover according to the instructions on the package.
- Seal any areas along the base.
RV roof vent fans
Lots of smells can accumulate in your RV for whatever reason. Vents aren’t very big and RV windows don’t open very much. It can be hard to get air circulating throughout your cabin.
RV roof vent fans help to keep stale air moving out and fresh air flowing in. They can also help keep the temperatures down during the hot summer months.
When it’s time to replace your vent covers, consider buying new covers with fans already attached. It will cost a little more than a standard vent, but the replacement parts aren’t quite as expensive.
Make sure to take your electrical capacity into consideration when selecting an RV roof vent fan. Certain models may advertise that they run quietly at full capacity, but they also may require substantially more power.
Trips and tricks for RV vent covers
Remember to always put safety first – both yours and your RV’s.
- Always keep a close eye on your RV roof vent covers so you can prepare to replace them before they eventually break.
- Don’t go on the roof of your RV if it’s raining.
- Make sure to seal everything properly to avoid leaking.
- Ask for help installing vent fans. (You’ll need to familiarize yourself with RV wiring.)
- You can spray paint your vents, covers, and fans to match the interior and exterior colors of your RV.
- Don’t attempt to create new air vents in your RV. Without a professional, you risk cutting the wrong size or damaging the wiring and integral structure of your RV.
- Add additional Maxxair covers to protect your roof vents. They’re a little bulky but they help reduce the need for air vent cover replacements.
Familiarize yourself with your RV including the roof vent caps and covers to keep everything in top shape.