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Old 07-25-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Roof Vent Issue

1965 Kodiak 15.5' Camper Trailer

This has one crank up ceiling vent, which is not in great condition. The vent cover itself seems to be made of aluminum. What I wanted to do is remove and replace the screen, and then replace the cover with a plastic unit that would serve dual purpose as a skylight.

However, after removing the internal flange/bezel, damn if I can figure out how to pop out the screen. It all seems to be one unit, and not serviceable. Of course, an option would be replacing the entire mechanism, which I would prefer not to do...

Does anyone have any hints on this?
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Can you post a picture that screen should come out
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I will post one or more pictures, not sure how well things will show up but I'll give it a shot.
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Photos. Sorry, not great, difficult to show much, except the screen is dirty. Interior trim has obviously been removed.
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The screen is part of the ceiling benzel, or the part that is installed in the celilging.

You may be able to replace just the lid part. (See a good dealer) but if you have to replace the rest not that hard, But the screen comes out with the rest of it.
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That is the conclusion I came to as well, I will probably just end up replacing the entire thing, but not today.
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If you don't plan to replace the entire vent...

Be careful; there are a number of different hinge styles in vent lids and some of the old ones are obsolete. Before you remove the lid, study the hinge to make sure you can get a replacement. The 3 styles below are what are available in new replacements.

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At this point, it's all or nothing.
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As the previous poster said, its not a difficult job- just tedious. We replaced all our vents and the worst part was scraping away the rock-hard old sealer to expose the screw heads
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My point is that to replace the screen (if it is even possible) I have to remove the entire unit. Since I have to remove it, I'll just replace it. It's not a job I am looking forward to by any means.
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I just bit the bullet and replaced all 4 on mine. I used eternabond tape and did one each day. I drilled out the rivets
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I just bit the bullet and replaced all 4 on mine. I used eternabond tape and did one each day. I drilled out the rivets
And replaced one each day. I used a 40 grit power palm sander to remove years of gunk to a relatively smooth surface. Then redivided the new vents and used the grey tape to seal them. You have to remove each lid to rivet the back of the vent and then reattach the lids. Each time I did it I found easier and easier shortcuts. First one took 6 hours, last one took 2 to 3 hours working at a pretty slow pace.
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