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SDcampowneroperator

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Maxxair covers are made with polycarbonate,AKA as Lexan a very high strength uv impact resistant material.
Vent lids are made of cheaper lighter plexiglas material Not as UV or impact resistant.
Get Maxxairs.

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We keep our TT covered when stored at home which helps keep the sun off at least half of the year. We have never replaced our OEM covers but do have the Maxxair over both vents.


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Posted: 11/28/19 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Maxxair covers are made with polycarbonate,AKA as Lexan a very high strength uv impact resistant material.
Vent lids are made of cheaper lighter plexiglas material Not as UV or impact resistant.
Get Maxxairs.


Hmmm ... I wonder why vent lids can't be made of polycarbonate, AKA Lexan???

Even if vent lids were longer lasting, vent covers should always either be installed right away by new owners, or come stock on all RVs from the manufacturer ... because:

1. How are you going to keep the vent lids all the way or part way open for interior ventilation during rain, snow, and hail storms?

2. How are you going to keep the coach interior dry when you have left vent lids open for ventilation when away from the RV and rain starts before you can get back to the RV?

3. How are you going to keep vent lids from getting damaged or ripped off when you have them open for whatever reason - when either in the RV or away from it - and unexpected high wind gusts occur?


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2014 Stealth by Forest River, replaced one of 4 vent covers, it was falling apart. The others were not looking too good, but I was in a hurry, so I sprayed them with Flex Seal in a can. Holding up so far.

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pnichols wrote:

SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Maxxair covers are made with polycarbonate,AKA as Lexan a very high strength uv impact resistant material.
Vent lids are made of cheaper lighter plexiglas material Not as UV or impact resistant.
Get Maxxairs.


Hmmm ... I wonder why vent lids can't be made of polycarbonate, AKA Lexan???



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IAMICHABOD wrote:

pnichols wrote:

SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Maxxair covers are made with polycarbonate,AKA as Lexan a very high strength uv impact resistant material.
Vent lids are made of cheaper lighter plexiglas material Not as UV or impact resistant.
Get Maxxairs.


Hmmm ... I wonder why vent lids can't be made of polycarbonate, AKA Lexan???



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Then why don't those polycarbonate vent lids hold up as well as the Maxwell polycarbonate vent covers ... as it seems that owners of some RVs that must have come from the manufacturer, new, with polycarbonate vent lids seem to still notice them deteriorating fast because they didn't have vent covers over them? [emoticon]

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pnichols wrote:

Hmmm ... I wonder why vent lids can't be made of polycarbonate, AKA Lexan???


I could answer that with a video of a typical vent cover buyer. They walk in, go to the vent lid section (ALWAYS fully stocked), look at the price ($15) and walk away. I always get a kick out of people with a quarter of a million dollars tied up in a motor home risking thousands of dollars in water damage over $15.


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3. How are you going to keep vent lids from getting damaged or ripped off when you have them open for whatever reason - when either in the RV or away from it - and unexpected high wind gusts occur?
One option is forced air with the lid completely closed. There is still a small gap that lets air flow out the trailer. I leave this little fan running on low almost 24/7 with the lid closed.

Ive got a different 12v blower fan that sucks air from outside the trailer. Uses an automotive air filter. That one is nice because it creates a positive cabin pressure which helps keep out dust. Negative is that its loud even on low. I use it more during the summer.

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MaxxAir/MaxxFan 1200T does a fine job of protecting the roof vent covers, problem is they are no longer made. Sure like one even a good used one.

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Looked up that Turbo model. Never heard of it before being new to trailers. What do you like about it?

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