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Old 05-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Casita roof vent and windows

The previous owner of my Casita caulked the roof vent comletely shut. I'm about to launch into this restoration project and wanted to ask what folks thought about whether or not I should go to the trouble of removing the caulking and replacing the roof vent. I have never owned a camper, so I'm not sure how much this will get used.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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If it were me, and it's not... I'd fix it properly. At night, when all the curtains/blinds are closed... it's nice having fresh air and the vent makes that the logical place to get it. You may be able to clean it up enough so it will seal properly, etc. and you won't need to buy a new one. Try it.. you'll like it!
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Do what Donna suggest. If was my trailer I would clean all the silcone off and remove the vent clean it up or buy a new one. Install it with Butyl tape,new screws, then use Di-core self leveling sealer, it comes in a caulking tube.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:27 AM   #4
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You won't really be able to decide until you clear the surface of the blobbed on caulk?
I would guess there was some leak which is why the blobs were put on there but I have seen some stupid things done for no apparent reason too!

Either way I agree completely that the roof vent is the most important opening maybe aside from the door.

Once it is cleaned and clear,replacing it is not too big a task and you will be glad you did it right if you ever have dripping on your head from a bad one.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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I also would take it right off clean it up or replace it with a new one - if its a standard vent and you do not already have a power vent & plan to cook in the trailer or boon dock in warm areas, I would seriously consider replacing it with a 12V Fantastic Fan - having something to move the air also helps with condensation issues as well. I suspect anyone that has a Fantastic Fan will tell you its one of the best mods/investments they have made.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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Speaking of roof-work, how much weight can the Casita take up there? I'm going to need to install a cover on the Fantastic Fan Vent.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:23 AM   #7
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Vents are cheap, rip it off and put a new one on with some butyl tape.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:58 AM   #8
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Vents are cheap, rip it off and put a new one on with some butyl tape.
Thanks Jared, But my main concern is plopping my 280 pound mass up there to do work.

How much is too much?
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I'd say 280 lbs is too much. I've read where Casita has a lightweight gal that does their roof work.

Even putting plywood on top which spreads the load, I wouldn't want to put MY weight up there and I'm half your size.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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215# here. I installed the Maxxair II without a problem. No buckling or flexing at all. Easy installation.
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If you have more than one vent in the roof (I have a large escape hatch in the Scamp) close together - you could temp remove its cover etc to allow you to pop up through it to reach the other to work on it.
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You don't really need to get on the roof to install a cover on the vent?
I have installed a few of them and always from a ladder on the side. You may need to move the ladder a few times to duplicate steps on both sides but I have never needed to get on the roof.
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You don't really need to get on the roof to install a cover on the vent?
I have installed a few of them and always from a ladder on the side. You may need to move the ladder a few times to duplicate steps on both sides but I have never needed to get on the roof.
Same here.
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I have a couple of adjustable overhead panel supports like these, and use them inside with a board between them if I have to get atop a trailer roof.

A few right-size 2x4's wedged under boards works, too.

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