WHAT YOU WILL NEED
New hinge cover
Old hinge cover
Changing an RV roof vent is not very hard, but is a useful skill for an RV owner to have, given that roof vents wear down because of age and weather conditions. Plastic vents and other areas, such as the appliance cover and breather, end up thrusting outward. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can wear down the vent sobad that a small fallen branch can cause it to crumble. Hailstorms can equally damage the rooftop regardless of the age of the car.
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1—Get New Cover
Use a ladder high enough to reach the roof of the RV. You should be OK by yourself since this is not a very long climb, but if you prefer, have someone stabilize the ladder while you are on it. Once the ladder is properly placed against the RV, climb to the roof to take off the old hinge cover.
Unless you have already gotten a new hinge cover, take your old one to the store so you can get a new hinge cover that is compatible with your RV. You most likely will not find the same brand, make, or model, so ask the salesperson to assist you choose the right one. This may also be a good time to change all your vents in either smoked or translucent material rather than the plastic material that is presently on the RV.
2—Install New Cover
Once you are home, get back onto the ladder and take away the pins from the hinge of the old vent. Straighten the tabs that go into the old vent, and then take off the lid. Next, straighten out the tabs that go into the new vent and then put the tabs into the new roof vent. Change the hinges and check to make sure they are secure. If you are satisfied, step off the ladder and put it back in the garage.
3—Protect New Cover
If you can, park your RV in a spot where there is shade or where the sun’s rays will not hit it directly.
You may want to get a MaxxAir cover to go over the entire vent. These covers are very strong and can tolerate most impacts. You still want to buy the replacement vent cover, but, with the MaxxAir cover, you can leave your roof vents open, even on rainy days. Leaving the roof vents open aids to keep the inside at a lower temperature, which is good idea when the RV is not in use.
Also, ask about metal roof vent covers because they are impervious to hail and will last a long time.