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So I looked up from inside the bathroom in my Forest River Wildwood 27 RKSS and saw a crack in the plastic cover of the vent. It turns out the entire perimeter of the cover was disintegrated, and over the weekend it just fell off. The frame, raise and lower mechanism, and screen are intact.

Is there a replacement part that is just the plastic cover, or do I have to replace the entire mechanism, hinge, frame, and screen?


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Yes. It's an easy repair. I believe there are two basic designs and you have to figure out which yours is before replacing. If you haven't already, that's a great reason for installing a maxxair fan cover. They don't break down from the elements like the vent covers do. It saved my bacon when my vent cover disintegrated in the middle of the winter one year. I can't imagine how much snow/water would have ended up in my trailer.


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Yes:

E-Trailer vent selection


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Posted: 11/25/19 10:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

first see what type vent lid you have using this
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Most new ones have the Ventline


If you haven't done this before Here is a short video that will help you.

You may need a new seal that goes on the metal edge this will make it a tight seal This is what you need

Replace like this


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Yes, there are several types. Last time I did it, I bought one of each. Installed the right one and returned the others.
The Max air covers are the way to go, as you have found, the skylight go from being fine to disintegrating in short order.. Maxairs can save your bacon.

On my first TT, I replaced it with a metal one.
That will last forever, but it won't let any light in.



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When I replaced an old broken vent cap about 10 years ago, I first painted the new plastic cap with a Krylon product which was supposed to prevent UV damage. I used several coats of it. The vent cap is still up there doing its job just fine.

Here's a link to the current Krylon product which sounds the most like what I used: https://www.krylon.com/products/uvresistant-clear-coating/


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I have a cargo trailer and the lid is solid, very old, and not deteriorating. My RV is 3 years old and the lid is like a potato chip - thin, fragile, and in multiple pieces.

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Your cargo trailer most likely has a Polycarbonate lid. The RV mfg put the cheapest ones on that they can.

I replaced all of mine with the Polycarbonate ones 9 years ago and they look like new. They have a limited lifetime guarantee.

But I also covered them with the Maxx Air vent covers,they have the longest warranty of all on the market today.

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i always use a vent cover over my roof vents. An insurance adjuster I talked to referred to them as a "hail guard". Makes sense to me.
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