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Old 05-09-2017, 02:44 PM   #1
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Are Max Air vent covers obligatory?

We are new owners of a 2017 Minnie Winnie 31D. The forward roof vent has a cover and fantastic fan. The rear and bath roof vents do not. I'm leaning toward leaving things the way they came from the dealer. But our former RV had 3 vents all with covers and I'm not sure this is a good move. One thing I think I will like is the ease of keeping the thing clean without having to take off the cover once or twice a year. More light without them. Must keep closed during rain. I hate the thought of drilling holes in my new roof. Thoughts? Suggestions!
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Vent covers do not require you to drill into your roof! The mount to the sides of the frame of your existing vent opening. Not that difficult to remove and clean, however I have never had to do this due to the covers keeping most of the debris out. If you get the white ones they don't block out too much of the sunlight either. I have dark ones on mind, but I spend the winter in Arizona and don't mind blocking out some of the heat and sunlight.

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If you're drilling holes in the roof, you are installing them wrong.


I wouldn't leave home without them. They protect the vent covers, and vents can be left open without worrying about high winds ripping off vent covers or rain getting inside.
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I like the extra light, so for me , it would be leave it as is. I have some closed cell foam that we cut to fit tightly up into the skylights/vents to keep the heat out when it gets hot.
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The MaxxAir covers and other brands mount with brackets that screw into the sides of the fan housing. The Ultra Breeze cover made by Fantastic Vent (Atwood) for the Fantastic Vent fan, and also fits others, has brackets that pick up existing screws in the mounting flange. You do have to do some resealing when installing them, around the screws, but nothing big. Personally I prefer the Ultra Breeze, as I think it does a better job of keeping out rain and allows the vent to be opened further, thus more air moves thru it.

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They are a must for me. Don't have to remember to close in case of rain. Protects the vest covers when traveling and they come in contact with a tree branch (I speak from experience). Added to our previous two coaches. Current coach came with them.
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After a couple of years the sun will take its toll on the flimsy vent lid. In fact on my first TT I did not have covers. A sudden storm and high winds managed to break the one over the bed and allowed rain on the new mattress.

For a few bucks I will not make that mistake again. All my vents are covered!
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They sure are nice.
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Ever been in a hail storm?
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In the near future, replacing bedroom vent with maxxair fantastic vent. Cant see not having it and the darker vent. Help keep things dark at night.
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I wouldn't leave home without them. They protect the vent covers, and vents can be left open without worrying about high winds ripping off vent covers or rain getting inside.
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Also, remember that the Fantastic Vent brand of vent has a lifetime warranty on the dome. The new ones are a softer plastic that holds up better, doesn't get so hard and yellow that it cracks easily. I installed a white Ultra Breeze hood for looks and a reasonable amount of sunlight comes thru the whole thing. But on mine, it is right next to the large dome over the shower, so I get lots of light anyhow.

I highly recommend the Ultra Breeze version of the cover. It is quite easy to remove also, pull four hitch pins and remove four washers and it is off.

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In the near future, replacing bedroom vent with maxxair fantastic vent. Cant see not having it and the darker vent. Help keep things dark at night.
You are mixing up two different names/brands here.

Maxxair is a trademarked brand name and product of Airxcel

Fantastic Vent is a trademarked brand name and product of Fan-Tastic Vent, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atwood Mobile Products LLC. Fan-Tastic Vent line of fans.

Maxxair Original Cover


Maxxair II


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Fantastic Ultra Breeze in translucent smoke, also in translucent white and black.


Video demo of the effectiveness of the Fantastic Ultra Breeze over other brands.
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Camco Vent cover


No, I don't own stock nor sell the products, just like the Fantastic Ultra Breeze I have.

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Hmmm I have three vent covers and in 13 years have never removed them to clean.

I clean the air screen inside where the fan draws the air through with a damp rag several times a year
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Ever been in a hail storm?
Sure have -- 2 to be exact. The first in Oklahoma killed all 3 OEM vent lids which I replaced with Polycarbonate models. Then I was in a MAJOR hail storm with 2" and 3" hail that took out everything EXCEPT the new vent lids and my Uni-Solar solar panels. I lost fridge vent cover, A/C shroud and the shower's skylight was cracked but epoxy fixed it. I think the solar panels that cover most of the roof protected it from damage.

Many of my friends had $15-20,000 in damages to their RVs and toads. My RV's hood got pockmarked but I decided it was easier to live with than being kicked out of our monkey proof home for a week or more. The paint remained intact so I just consider the small dings to be added character.

The Smart Car is almost all plastic and was parked where the windshield was protected. It got 2 one-quarter inch size dings in the black metal safety cage which again wasn't worth the bother of fixing. I think the heat popped them out that summer.

I have only 1 vent cover -- over the toilet. It's nice to leave it open for weeks at a time in warm weather. Even when driving the fresh air is nice and the wind noise is minimal.

I wonder how the MaxAir covers hold up to hail? Or maybe mine just keeps hailstorms away.
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