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Old 12-09-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Another question for those with experience

Still learning.

When we bought our MH We had the dealer install several
RV Roof Vent Covers, before we left.

While cleaning and checking the roof the other day I noticed that these were bolted to the vents, but no sealer between the new vent cover bottom and the roof. There have been no apparent leaks.

Is this normal practice or should I go up and putty tape or sealent betreen the roof and the bottom of the new covers? It looks to be about a 1/2 inch.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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That is the way they are supposed to look. It is the way that they are attached to the roof vent.
Do not seal the space.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply.
That's why I asked here before I did anything.

Experience they say experience is the best teacher.
I had rather listen to the experienced person than to find out the hard way.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:08 AM   #4
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bearaboo is correct.
I have three that I put on and there are four metal brackets that attach them to the vent assembly. They are not touching the roof.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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water and debris will eventually find a way into the area between the vent and the cover. hard to get it all out if you seal the cover to the roof. i just close the vent and spray the junk out with the garden hose through the gap. then i open the vent. done!
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Thanks everyone.
Lots to learn and to understand bout this new hobby.
It seems I found the best place.....HERE for that.
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Don't feel alone... I installed the same dome covers as you did and when I was done, sat back, scratched my head and wondered where I'd gone wrong.

Fortunately, I didn't give into the temptation to "seal" them to the roof.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:00 AM   #8
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This forum really has the answers and I must say opened my eyes.

There is apparently a lot of maintenance.

Also it seems to be the luck of the draw as what you end up with. I do not believe in the old saying about getting what you pay for. I have seen too many con-artists in every field.

Lower priced used RVs have apparently had a lot of the problems worked out, then I read about new high dollar one with the paint pealing off. If these were autos the general public would not put up with such poor quality control.

Being a "specialty item" they get away with more.
I stumbled across a site the other day that if you have a business lic they will sell you anything to build and market your own brand.

I realize that building something light, strong and within a price range may be difficult, but manufactures could learn from other products and the materials used.

I am still learning and only expressing observations.

My in-laws when they were alive, started with a popup, moved to a tow behind then several MH. The last was over 50 ft. I have no idea what type as we were not into then. They were lucky as they had very few problems, at least they spoke of none.

We are enjoying our new hobby.
What we have fits our present needs. Once some medical issues are taken care of we will enjoy it more.

Thanks everyone for your help.

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