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Old 05-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Expelling Heat From Inside Your Rig

Curious what others use to expel heat from inside your rig when it is closed up over hot days......

We have the Air Maxx vents and crack the covers slightly.

Also have the fantastic fan.

I have seen the Air Maxx slotted covers for sliding side widows but they are a 33" length.

Dealer orders them only and could not tell me if they are adjustable.

Does any one else use these or comparable plastic cover that allows airflow yet keeps rain out? Adjustable?

Appreciate suggestions.....
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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In all the ads I've seen for the MaxxAir Louvered Window Vent, they say 'up to 33 in.' because the top and bottom slides over the louvered section, that section can be trimmed to fit any height window and then the top and bottom caps are added on.

I've seen many prices, from mid $30's to $70, this one looks about as cheap as any:

MaxxAir 00-455000 WindowMaxx Louvered Window Vent Trailer Camper RV
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I have found our coach and for where it is parked / stored, it's best to have the windows and doors closed and open the kitchen ceiling vent and leave the fan run on low.
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A roof vent cover and a inexpensive box fan hooked up to a 24 hour timer for the hot periods of the day works.
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One warning on the use of the slider vent. With the window opened slightly, it will give easy access into the coach without some type of means to hold the window from fully opening. Bob is correct in that the vent is cut to fit a window up to 33" high.
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One warning on the use of the slider vent. With the window opened slightly, it will give easy access into the coach without some type of means to hold the window from fully opening. Bob is correct in that the vent is cut to fit a window up to 33" high.
If that's a concern, you can keep a length of dowel rod cut to the appropriate length handy? Not much different than if you want to keep a door wall cracked a bit at the sticks & bricks?
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Thank you everyone for the feedback !!

I have seen these on a rig before but never asked anyone how well they work. So if anyone has one on let us know how you like it.

Our dealer/parts guy yesterday could not advise on if it was adjustable, I looked at his parts book and it did not say although I had a hunch it was.

A few years ago, I seen where they made a solar powered exhaust fan for a car and now never see them any more. Our new rig has the fantastic fan (w temp control). And there is a cover lid only. That is the only one they did not put a Maxx Air hood on and not sure why?

Little concerned if I leave that set at say 85 degrees, it might open and run sometime when there is wind and rain since I do not believe it has any sensor on it. So I might set it at a higher temp, put the box fan in as DD suggested. And then a couple Maxx Air Window. Our RV stays hooked up year around on our CG site in South Dakota. There are FT there and the CG has never ever had security issues. Everyone knows everyone and with someone there all the time it is very safe.

Just did not want to overheat any electric motor fans or anything like that... Box fan on timer sounds like great idea to help expel the heat build up.

Any other great ideas just keep em coming.....
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We use 2 hoods and 2 side vents (1 in bedroom, 1 closer to center) for air circulation while stored. Fans left in off position. It still gets warm in there, but nothing like if it were all closed up!
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The MaxxAir Louvered Window Vent comes with a clamp for the sliding window to prevent it from opening further, but a dow cut to length would also work.
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When we used to keep the fiver outside, I just keep everything closed year round. It was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Heading to the lake I would open the vents under the Maxair covers for a little air. Once at the campground and plugged in it was AC or heat. I never open the windows in a RV or house for that matter. That's what heat and air are for.
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We keep our MH plugged into AC at home and set one A/C to 80 during the summer months.
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We keep our MH plugged into AC at home and set one A/C to 80 during the summer months.
I do like Joe. It helps to keep the dust, dirt and pollen out.
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I'd love to keep the ac on even at 85 but our CG manager does not want everyone running AC's when they are gone. Most residents only come out on weekends but keep rigs on site since we rent an a annual season.
He allows us to keep friges run non stop but not the AC. Unless you are FTr.
I keep roof hatches that have Maxx Air's cracked slightly open and kitchen window just a crack but I think it could use more airflow to expel the heat.
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During the summer, I leave the bathroom vent slightly opened and the bathroom door halfway open. If it ever rains, there is nothing in the bathroom to get stained or damaged. The vent is directly over the tub/shower.
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