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Old 06-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Bath vent replacement on 19'?

I am wondering if anyone has ever replaced the bath vent on a 19'--- or 17' or 15' if the same--- and whether it is possible to do from the inside. I would not want to give it to an RV shop and find out what they did --- after they climbed all over it!
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Do you mean the vent cover or the entire vent?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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Well, the vent leaks but I figured that putting a new one might be in order because we have also broken off one of the side pieces on the turn gadget that closes the vent and it probably won't be long before we break off the other side. Thought we could just use a new vent.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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Any vent I've ever seen is mounted some of it on the outside and some of it on the inside. It's not an either/or. Fortunately the 19' is a side bath and you should be able to reach the roof with a tall enough ladder, just protect the gelcoat!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:13 PM   #5
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I just cured a leak there on my 19. The vent is riveted into place on the outside on the roof, and sealed to the roof with silicone caulk. I found that the caulk had separated from the vent in a few spots, and some of the caulk dabs over the rivets were missing or very loose. I leaned a step ladder on the side of the trailer and used a towel as a cushion. Once in place, I cleaned and sanded (#220) all the spots where I was going to put caulk, then caulked away, both the vent perimeter and over each rivet. Dry inside now, and that's with a direct hosing.

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:00 PM   #6
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I should have figured it was an outside and inside job. They just had to put rivets up there, didn't they? Thanks for telling us that. I doubt we can do a replacement then. When we would close the vent, we would have to close it very very hard until we would hear a big click. Don't think it ever worked right. I'd like to replace it but it sounds as if we will either do a semi-fix or get someone and keep them off of the roof. Thank you.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:34 PM   #7
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Like Bruce I replaced the caulk on each of the rivets holding the vent. I thought I had some leaking, a very small amount of water on the toilet seat. I did not see any separation between the vent and the roof, though I frequently have water pool in this area when the trailer is level.

I took the advice of the forum and used Donna's favorite, bathtub caulk. Looks real nice. Actually, I used an RV specific caulk that I believe was butyl. Called ProFlex
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I see my reputation precedes me even over here.

I don't think Escape uses silicone anywhere on the exterior. It is appropriate for interior use, after all there ARE things that need to be replaced and silicone can be peeled off.....
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