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#727356 - August 30th 2017 7:00 pm Roof vent - replace or plug?  
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So the top part of my roof vent, the part that tilts up, is pretty much disintegrated....whoever painted the van painted this plastic part and it's crumbling away.

I can buy a new one for cheap.........or should I plug the hole with a thick piece of metal, like some heavy duty flashing? Visually it looks kinda goofy to me in the first place....would I regret it later if and when I start camping in it? (which will be a long way away right now)

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#727357 - August 30th 2017 7:04 pm Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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On a breezeless day I don't think we could live without ours. Lived in it for five years and it was crucial to pulling air in through the open windows. After hail destroyed the cap of ours we finally decided to upgrade to a maxx air which is like a Cadillac compared to the old tiny bladed fan that we had been living with. However, if you are only going camping now and then you could always just put a fan in the window to pull air in and probably be happy with that.


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#727358 - August 30th 2017 7:13 pm Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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Fix it, love mine, both of them have a limo in it.


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#727359 - August 30th 2017 7:37 pm Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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I could also put in a 17x17 pop up glass sunroof, but it's a bit pricey new.

#727363 - August 30th 2017 8:49 pm Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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I always hear those sunroofs leak. Stick with the dome. And you can get screens to keep the bugs out.

On my first van, I had a pair of those. I had been a car stereo installer and rigged power antenna motors to raise and lower them. And I had amber 1156 light bulbs lighting them up. The light idea I stole from a dude I went to high school with in the early 70s.


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#727374 - August 31st 2017 6:34 am Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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Replace it with a new one!


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#727377 - August 31st 2017 9:26 am Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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Sunroof. They all do not leak if installed correctly and you by a quality version. I have two in mine with no leaks But it is in a garage when not used.


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#727379 - August 31st 2017 9:55 am Re: Roof vent - replace or plug? [Re: cornfarmer]  
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I have a limo, 18 x 35 in the rear roof, in both of my vans & have never leaked in the 15 yrs Ive had them.



Only leaked when I forgot to close them .... lol

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ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
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