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Old 12-06-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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Question Roof Vents, powered and otherwise.

So, let me get this straight. We don't want too much moisture in our RVs, right? Good, I thought so. Now, our "new" '99 Winnebago Minnie 29' has three vents, not counting the range vent/fan. One up front (living room), one in the back (bedroom), and one in the bathroom (with a fan). Why is there not one in the shower stall??? It seems to me that would be an excellent location for one, right through the plastic skylight, with a fan. When showering, open it and turn on the fan. When done, leave it open with the fan off. Not too big a deal if you leave it open a bit and it rains while you are not in the RV, as any water that might make it in will just end up in the shower stall/gray water tank. No biggie, right? The shower stall can not be completely closed off from the rest of the RV, so the vent could keep the whole vehicle dry. If you know it is going to rain , just close it.

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Why is there not one in the shower stall??? It seems to me that would be an excellent location for one, right through the plastic skylight, with a fan.
I will always run the fan in the bathroom however as far as having a fan in the shower enclosure with me, I think I would pass on that opportunity. You do want to remove as much moisture in the air as possible with the bath vent when using hot water in the shower. I have read that moisture wise it is often drier outside even when its raining than it is in the RV. Laving a vent open if it's not over a bed or a rug is a good idea. Having something like a MaxxAir (the large one with the BIG opening) will allow you to keep a vent open 24/7.
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Has to do with electricity and water. They don't mix well.
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Has to do with electricity and water. They don't mix well.
Arch, You do indeed have a point however I have a ceiling mounted incandescent lamp (12 volt) in the shower with me. An RV fan would use the same voltage requirement.
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The way our bath is layed out, a powered vent straddles the shower frame so I have half a vent in the shower with me. It does a great job taking the moisture out & having that much of it, literally, inside the shower area hasn't been an issue for us.

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The vent cover only has to be open a little to do a good job of venting normally. In this case the rain will not come in. While showering it should be opened much more. I keep the window near the rear kitchen sink open about 1/2 " and the bedroom ceiling vent open about that much rain or shine hot or cold. Other windows and both vents vary with the weather. I have no moisture problems. Maby because I am a fresh air fiend.
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Since the shower and the bathroom are across the hall from each other, I guess the best I can do, short of mounting a powered vent in the shower skylight, is to keep the bathroom door open and the power vent going in there when the shower is in use. Thanks for the info, gang!
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A vent is for moving air, and a wet body having moving air across it gets chilled easily.

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Since the shower and the bathroom are across the hall from each other, I guess the best I can do, short of mounting a powered vent in the shower skylight, is to keep the bathroom door open and the power vent going in there when the shower is in use. Thanks for the info, gang!
Ditto, and I think they still do a great job of exhausting the wet air during a shower. An RV is a relatively small space and I don't believe the fan has to be right over our heads to do its job.

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Ed: sounds good in the summer not so good in the winter :(

Rick: we'll see how it goes.

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I have a light and fan vent over my shower and they work great for the steam and lots of light.
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Arch, You do indeed have a point however I have a ceiling mounted incandescent lamp (12 volt) in the shower with me. An RV fan would use the same voltage requirement.
Good point. Beats me then why they don't do it.
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