Roof vents for RVs are key to keeping the air in your motorhome fresh and clean. They do this by allowing circulation of outdoor air and stale, odorous air, keeping your RV smelling and feeling good.
Typically, your RV will come with one or two RV roof vents already installed. These are usually located in the bathrooms or the kitchen, and sometimes the bedrooms. Standard RV roof vents come with a screen and an opening mechanism. Some come with RV roof vent fans, which power the air in and out of the motorhome and act as normal ceiling fans when the vents are closed.
Most RV roof vents require similar sized-holes as air conditioning units at 14 by 14 inches. The standard installation makes it easy to replace and shop for a vent.
RV Roof Vent Parts
RV roof vents typically come with manual cranks. Upgraded versions might have improved ways of opening and closing. Some come with fans and automatic vents with switches, so you don’t have to manually crank. These must, of course, be powered. If you plan to upgrade from the standard RV roof vent, you might need to wire your current vent to allow for a powered upgrade.
Some of the best vent models come with rain sensors that will close themselves if they sense inclement weather. Closing automatically in these situations can prevent damage to the vent and the rest of your RV.
Some RV roof vents come with covers, which protect the interior powered elements and protrude out from the roof.
For the standard roof vent, insulation kits can improve the transfer of energy, heat and light that comes from having what is essentially a skylight. These are basically pillows, covered with reflective material that pop into an exposed skylight to reflect heat and light and keep your RV cool when the vent is not in use.
Improving your RV roof vent
RV vent covers are another important feature, which protect the working parts of the vent or fan from use and outdoor elements.
Eventually, because they’re exposed to sun and rain on a regular basis, and due to use, your RV vent cover might need to be replaced. Oftentimes the plastic chips or cracks and the hinge breaks. Replacing an RV vent cover part is a simple project easily done on your own, saving both time and money. If you plan to upgrade, consider a UV-resistant roof vent for your RV, which will prevent future wear and tear.
There are about five different models and types of RV vent covers on your standard RV, and most can be purchased easily online where all RV roof vent parts are sold. Universal models also ensure a quick and easy replacement of any type of vent.
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