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Old 07-27-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Replacing plumbing vents

So last weekend I replaced the plumbing vents on my 2008 Damon Astoria. When I got up there to do the actual work I was a little shocked at what I found, so I decided to take some pictures and show everyone what I found.

Quick prelude, just bought the RV used from previous owner about a month ago. He stored it outside, only covered by the RV cover. Long story short, the top of the thing got really hot and the plumbing vent covers got brittle and started deteriorating. So I did a quick count to see how many I needed to order. Strange, I thought, there were four on top of my MH, and in strange locations. But who am I to question the builder. So I ordered the four (4) vent covers and two tubes of DiCor.

So I get up there this weekend to start the actual work. When I got the first one off, I was amazed to find no plumbing, but a small tear in the TPO roof lining. The vent was exactly the same as the others, so I am guessing it happened at the factor and they decided to cover it up.

The next two were what I would expect, actual plumbing vents protruding through the roof.

And the last one, to my surprise, no tear, no plumbing vent, just a sticker notifying me that there is a satellite pre-wire located here. So why didn't the people that install the satellite know about this, and use this instead? No clue...

So why did Damon feel it was necessary to install these extra vent covers just to cover a label? Anyways just thought I would share some of this weirdness with the group.

And finally one of the newly installed covers.

All that is left in that picture was to fill in the screw holes with a little DiCor and I was done.

Took me all of 30 minutes to replace four old crumbly plumbing vent covers with new ones. With a metal drywall knife and a bottle of mineral spirits (the real stuff, not the fake stuff they are trying to sell now), I was able to get all of the old DiCor off with little trouble.

While I was up there I also used the mineral spirits to clean off all the other roof penetrations and check for cracks in the old DiCor. Found some more around the vents and sun roof, so I cleaned them up good and re-applied some more DiCor.

Only ended up using one tube of DiCor. So the other is now sitting in the tool box for emergencies.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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Sorry, your pics didn't come through.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Photobucket says they were moved or deleted? I'd sure like to see them.
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Pics look good to me. Good quality, not good workmanship or maitenance by previous owner.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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Updated photo links

Sorry, I moved them to their own album in Photobucket. I guess this breaks the link. Here they are again since I can't edit the original post.

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Old 07-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
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I agree. The previous owner definitely didn't do his homework after he purchased this motorhome. The house batteries had to be replaced because they were bone dry and could not be revived. And he didn't store it very well.

We now store ours in a covered storage unit as we live in a neighborhood. So it stays in a nice clean garage now until we use it.

I am now going back over other things that need maintenance, like generator service, oil, grease the fittings, etc. Lots of work, but worth it to make sure we have something that will last us.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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Put a date on the tube of DiCor, and don't use it if more than 3 years old, keep from freezing in the tube.
Don't ask me why.

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