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Old 07-06-2016, 12:56 PM   #1
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Roof vents omitted?

Has anyone ever seen an eggcamper or the like have no roof vents? I wonder if there is a camper out there that is truly not touched on the roof to allow 100% no leaks on the roof top. I was just thinking about it since I can't stand sun roofs for this issue in cars, wondered if anyone has done w/o the roof vents.
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Has anyone ever seen an eggcamper or the like have no roof vents? I wonder if there is a camper out there that is truly not touched on the roof to allow 100% no leaks on the roof top. I was just thinking about it since I can't stand sun roofs for this issue in cars, wondered if anyone has done w/o the roof vents.
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NO . The ventilation provided by the roof vents especially a powered roof vent far out weighs my concern about a possible leak .
One could eliminate the windows which are another major source for leaks but at that point you would have a cargo trailer and not a travel trailer.
Some on this forum have also suggested the elimination of the bathroom in a trailer because the plumbing MIGHT leak.
Seems like a lot of worrying over something that may never happen
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I was just curious, and I own a sticky, I know all about leaks and fixing them I was just curious since I see the Lil' Snoozy doesn't have any that I see, except for at the back of the unit. Just wondered if others do this. Unless I'm missing that in the pictures on their site.
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There is another roof vent or vents that are important. The small vents that are about 5" in diameter are for waste water tanks and allow for the black and grey water tanks to drain. I have one vent/skylight, 2 waste water vents and a refrigerator vent as well as the AC unit which all have to be monitored and maintained. Hard to avoid any of these.
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I have installed a sunroof in most of my cars and light trucks with no issues over the last forty years or so.
If you want no leaks in a fiberglass trailer, get one without windows!
Windows will leak a lot more over time than a properly installed roof vent.
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I have installed a sunroof in most of my cars and light trucks with no issues over the last forty years or so.
If you want no leaks in a fiberglass trailer, get one without windows!
Windows will leak a lot more over time than a properly installed roof vent.
Good to know, but I have not had the luck you have with sun roofs! I had T tops on the z28, leaked, and then my durango I had it fixed 2x since it I pushed at the back of it the whole thing lifted even when closed!! Nothing like driving during a rain storm while shoving a rag up there to stop leaks while driving cuz you are dressed up and need to stay dry. I also hated the wet butt getting in. I guess I just see that pretty clean slate and hate to see it cut if one could get by w/o it. I did have a window leak but it was my weather stripping not the seam itself easy fix lol
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Sunroofs are not my thing either... My wife's car has one. No issues with leaks, but seems like it's always either too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, or too much exhaust/dust/smoke to use. We did open it the other evening during a twilight drive, and our 13-year-old says, "Hey, I forgot that was there!"

OTOH, I would not own a trailer without a roof vent. Solid cover to keep the direct sun out. Even better with a reversible 12V fan.
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Since heat rises, vents on the roof are important. Even more so during cold weather to help with condensation issues.
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Sunroofs are not my thing either... My wife's car has one. No issues with leaks, but seems like it's always either too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, or too much exhaust/dust/smoke to use. We did open it the other evening during a twilight drive, and our 13-year-old says, "Hey, I forgot that was there!"

OTOH, I would not own a trailer without a roof vent. Solid cover to keep the direct sun out. Even better with a reversible 12V fan.
LOL same here with the sunroof, when I finally opened any of mine (keep in mind Michigan it's only a month or two out of the year) the sun would always come in at a funny angle and blind me even with sunglasses, I'd rather run the air and keep the humidy from killing me

now you are talking with the reverse fan, so it blows in and out.......do those come standard in most FB models such as eggcampers or the like, or do you have to install after?
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Not standard, usually, but it's a commonly ordered option on many. If you find a used unit without one, it's typically not a big deal to add.
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Has anyone ever seen an eggcamper or the like have no roof vents? I wonder if there is a camper out there that is truly not touched on the roof to allow 100% no leaks on the roof top. I was just thinking about it since I can't stand sun roofs for this issue in cars, wondered if anyone has done w/o the roof vents.
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Our LiL Snoozy has absolutely no openings in the roof. The AC and fantastic fan are in the rear wall. This was a major selling point for me as I kept hearing about leaks. I dislike sun roof's to!
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Not sure openings in sidewalls are any more or less susceptible to leaks than on the roof. The more important variables are correct and careful installation and periodic maintenance.

Bottom line is you have to have ventilation somewhere, somehow, and that means upkeep, or you will get leaks eventually.
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now you are talking with the reverse fan, so it blows in and out.......do those come standard in most FB models such as eggcampers or the like, or do you have to install after?[/QUOTE]

Look for the MaxxFan. it can be left open in the rain. The fan itself has a ring surrounding the blades so it is more efficient and less noisy.
ParkLiner uses it on their trailer.
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Good to know, but I have not had the luck you have with sun roofs! I had T tops on the z28, leaked, and then my durango I had it fixed 2x since it I pushed at the back of it the whole thing lifted even when closed!! Nothing like driving during a rain storm while shoving a rag up there to stop leaks while driving cuz you are dressed up and need to stay dry. I also hated the wet butt getting in. I guess I just see that pretty clean slate and hate to see it cut if one could get by w/o it. I did have a window leak but it was my weather stripping not the seam itself easy fix lol
T-tops are certainly not sun roofs or "flip open air roofs". About 15% of T-tops don't leak when they leave the factory. I cut the roof on several of my cars as soon as they came home brand new, on the Model "A" I had to build a roof to cut the hole in! Sorry I can't account for the poor work of some OEMs.

When I ordered the Fantastic Fan in my Scamp it came with 3speeds and reversible. We have A/C, Fantastic Fan, and TV antenna, none of which leak. Roof vent fans and A/C installations are very mature technologies, so the risk of a leak is minuscule,while the benefits are widely known and far outweigh any risk.
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