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BReszel

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We have just a sealed "dome", apparently for light only, over our shower in our '02 Rockwood. It looks to be original equipment as it is yellowed and cracked around the mounting screws, and leaking through the cracks.
My question is, do I replace with a vent or just another non opnenging type dome?
I'm not sure I am seeing any that don't open online.
The old one has some mold up there too, so I would think a vent would be better than a non vent.
There is a vent with a fan kind of above the area in front of the sink os it appears maybe this one above the shower is mostly for light, but why not add more ventilation, right?
Could I just add a Maxx Air dome, without any vent up there, or is that asking for trouble. We cover the whole TT in the winter.
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Is it a vent or a skylight?


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Ours has the same problem with turning yellow and I'm thinking of replacing it with a smoked dome. New ones cost around $200. I've seen them available several places online.

Try RV Parts Outlet and search for "skylight".


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We just had to replace our vent/fan cover with a new one due to hail damage. It only cost 15.00 for the top part. If I were you, I would replay it with one with a fan in it. Its great for ventilation when one stinkies the bathroom. It is also good to leave open a little at night to avoid condensation. It is apparent that you need a fan due to your mold comment. It pulls air in thru open windows when the weather is nice outside too. Our bathroom door has space at the top and bottom for air to get through so make sure you have that if you decide on a fan.
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We have a vent with a fan in it already in the bathroom, about 3 feet from the skylight.
I went home over my lunch break and measured the skylight, its not square so I guess putting a vent there is out of the question. From where I was standing on the ladder it looked square. It measures 14" x 17".
Thanks for your help.
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I guess its a skylight. We're pretty new to this RV stuff.

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Just call the company and have them send you an exact replacement. Why have two vents in your bathroom?

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A "Fantastic Fan" or similar fan which replaces a standard 14"X14" roof vent is a great idea in an RV bathroom. The tiny fans placed in a regular vent opening by the factory are useless for ventilation. We've had "Fantastic Fans" on our last 4 trailers (the first was factory installed, and we haven't been without one since). Our present trailer has plenty of space under both sliding doors in the walk-thru bath to allow the fan to be able to draw air in under the doors and out the ceiling, which is important when the bathroom has no outside window. Just be sure to partially open a window somewhere in the trailer so that the fan can draw air. Besides being nice to have when someone has to do #2 in the potty, a "Fantastic Fan" removes much more of the moisture from the trailer when taking a shower, and keeps that moisture out of your walls and insulation.

Something you need to check on, though, is the size of your skylight opening. Our skylight opening over the shower stall is 14"X22". A normal RV vent or "Fantastic Fan" opening is 14" X 14". If the skylight over your shower stall is larger than 14" in either width or length, you can't replace it with a standard 14"X 14" vent opening without some serious carpentry and roof sealing work, especially if you have a rubber roof (it will have to be patched in some manner to cover the previous hole). If you are not proficient at this kind of work, you might want to leave this to the experts at a local RV dealership or you may wind up with more leaks than your previous cracked skylight had.


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Please note that these "domes" are also in the shower to provide HEAD room when in the shower. A fanned vent may not be a good idea if you were to get your hair caught in it, and another hazard being an electrical fan in a wet environment.
Maybe I am thinking of the same dome as you, so, if not, I apologize!
Good luck with your project!!!!!!!!

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