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Old 05-29-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Yellowing Vent on 15 and 17

I couldn't stand it any longer. The yellowing bath vent on our 15 (also on the 17) was driving me crazy! Here was a beautiful white fiberglass trailer and this yellow vent on top. Masked it off yesterday and used Krylon plastic paint to paint it. I first raised the lid and filled the screen area with newspapers and masked off the inside edges. This way I could paint the edges under the vent lid. Result, nice WHITE vent that matches the rest of the trailer. Time will tell if the Krylon holds up.

If I had to do it again, I would order a bathroom window and tell ETI to forget the cheap plastic roof vent. It is a real thermal weak spot and after one year the plastic was beginning to show deterioration. It would also have been one less hole in the roof.

Pictures of repainted vent below. I should have taken a picture of the vent before to show the contrast.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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Krylon Fusion is specifically formulated for plastics and has UV blocking. My customers have used it for years, and many are in the southern US states.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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Just make sure you mask it well and protect anything nearby from paint splatter.
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If I had to do it again, I would order a bathroom window and tell ETI to forget the cheap plastic roof vent. It is a real thermal weak spot and after one year the plastic was beginning to show deterioration. It would also have been one less hole in the roof. {Quote}

I agree, it would be my choice to eliminate the roof vent in favour of a opening window. The window would provide adequate ventilation. The roof vent is also the first place condensation collects during cold damp weather.
When in deep thought it is irritating to have water dripping down one's neck.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:04 PM   #5
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I wonder if there is any sort of code that requires a roof vent in the bathroom? Thats a interesting idea of deleting the roof vent. I was actually looking forward to having a powered roof vent and no window inour 21. only got the window in the19 to run the hose through for rinsing black tank and with the bathroom on the awning side in the 21 eliminates the need for that. will be easier to wipe down walls without the window.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:39 PM   #6
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At least it's on the roof!

On our rv the hood fan vent turned yellow no matter what we did to try to prevent it.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:51 PM   #7
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I have used wesleys white wall cleaner. It works real well on yellowing plastic around my garage door windows and also on the plastic handles on our garage refidgerator. You just spray it on. Let the bubble action work and spray off.
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This is a common problem for all travel trailers. Even the MEGA-EXPENSIVE brands. Either live with it, paint it or replace it. Your choice. It's not an ETI-alone issue.
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This is a common problem for all travel trailers. Even the MEGA-EXPENSIVE brands. Either live with it, paint it or replace it. Your choice. It's not an ETI-alone issue.
I only started this thread to explain how I "painted it" and to let people know how I did that. My only reference to ETI was that, if possible, I would have avoided the vent and installed a window as part of my build list. Since most of the products used by ETI are standard to the RV industry it only makes sense that the problem is common to all travel trailers. The other option for 15's and 17's would be to allow the powered vent to be installed since it is of higher quality.
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The only reason I even mentioned it not being an ETI issue is because some newbees don't follow other forums, etc. I didn't want anyone to think ETI was using inferior products.
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