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Old 07-05-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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29.5 BHDS Bathroom Vent Leaks in the rain.

Hi, this past weekend, we had some rain on Friday night, and some rain last night. Friday was pretty heavy, where last night wasn't that bad. I noticed that each time it rained, the vent in the bathroom which was open leaked water inside. I was under the impression that this vent had a lid on it to prevent water from coming in. This vent you cannot put a maxxair cover on it so the design should prevent rain from getting in. Has anyone else with this model or this type of vent had this happen?

It only leaks when open. If I leave for the day and leave it open, and it rains, I will have a puddle in the bathroom.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:24 PM   #2
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Hi, this past weekend, we had some rain on Friday night, and some rain last night. Friday was pretty heavy, where last night wasn't that bad. I noticed that each time it rained, the vent in the bathroom which was open leaked water inside. I was under the impression that this vent had a lid on it to prevent water from coming in. This vent you cannot put a maxxair cover on it so the design should prevent rain from getting in. Has anyone else with this model or this type of vent had this happen?

It only leaks when open. If I leave for the day and leave it open, and it rains, I will have a puddle in the bathroom.
I haven't run into that situation yet but I will keep my eyes open on that and see if mine does. We have quite a few trips planned for the rest of July so I will keep watch out to see if it does.
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:04 PM   #3
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We have had our rig now for over 9 months, and we thought it was a good idea to have our roof inspected for cracks/missing dicor sealant. And, boy were we glad we had it done! The inspection showed both cracked and missing chunks of sealant in several key vents and at AC mount openings. They ended using two tubes of Dicor and showed us pictures of what they'd found. So, the lesson, here, is to never assume that just because the rig is new, everything is fine.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:54 AM   #4
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I was up on my roof last night and the night before doing an instal of a maxxfan deluxe and a maxxair II. I found at least 30 locations that were cracked or missing sealant. I went through an entire tube of dicor sealing everything. And my rig is 1 year old already. Sooooooo,..I wonder what sort of water penetration I have had over the last year. Kind sucks but it is what it is.
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Scott, I have not noticed and leaking in mine yet. We were out from last Thursday-Monday and it rained Friday night. No leaks in mine (Knock-on-wood) so far. But I think I will get back up on my roof and do a really good / close inspection of the sealant. I want to be sure everything is good before our 3000 mile trip in 2 weeks!

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Old 07-06-2016, 08:17 AM   #6
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Good idea Dave! We're leaving for a 5,000 mile round trip ourselves this Saturday. And, we know we're going to run into some rain for sure. We'll still keep our eyes opened for any potential leaks and keep our fingers crossed.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:08 AM   #7
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I also have a leak. Mine's going in to have the vent replaced under warranty. If you look on the top of the vent on each end where it bends over it is paper thin and mine started cracking. I covered it with clear packing tape to stop the leak until it was replaced and it worked. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:15 AM   #8
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Great idea John. I just bought a roll of 20 mil insulation tape and used it to wrap the propane hose from chaffing against the compartment door. And, now I may have another purpose for it. I also keep a tube of silicone and a tube of Dicor sealant in the rig, in case I ever need to use any of them on the road.

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I also have a leak. Mine's going in to have the vent replaced under warranty. If you look on the top of the vent on each end where it bends over it is paper thin and mine started cracking. I covered it with clear packing tape to stop the leak until it was replaced and it worked. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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I just replaced mine as well. A few weeks ago it rained noticed leak. Got home climbed up on the roof. The "hinge" as a previous poster noted is paper thin. One side was completely missing and the other side was cracked the entire length of the hinge. It was less than a year old and that vent had probably only been opened a half a dozen times or so. It also had a very small hairline spider web crack in the top. Pushed on it very lightly finger went right through it. The entire top is pretty thin not just the hinges. Our local (45 miles each way) camping world authorized service center is pathetic. Takes weeks to get in, weeks to get the repair authorized, weeks to get the parts ordered and weeks to get back in to get the repair completed. Last warranty work I had done it took right at six months from first visit to completion and three trips. I replaced the unit myself with a fantastic vent fan. It cost me less time and money to do it myself at least this repair than to take it in and have it covered under warranty. The new vent fan has a better warranty and the cover has a lifetime warranty and can be changed without taking the whole fan out of the roof. While changing it I also noticed some severe cracking in sealant around the vent pipes and antenna. The antenna crack you could see bare metal and roof through the crack. I was less than thrilled with the quality that day for sure. However replaced fan, patched up the cracked sealant and so far so good. Last week was using it and it rained 5 out of 7 days and no leaks that I could see. Hopefully it stays that way.
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Hi, this past weekend, we had some rain on Friday night, and some rain last night. Friday was pretty heavy, where last night wasn't that bad. I noticed that each time it rained, the vent in the bathroom which was open leaked water inside. I was under the impression that this vent had a lid on it to prevent water from coming in. This vent you cannot put a maxxair cover on it so the design should prevent rain from getting in. Has anyone else with this model or this type of vent had this happen?

It only leaks when open. If I leave for the day and leave it open, and it rains, I will have a puddle in the bathroom.
Lots of water in my bathroom if the roof vent is left open during ANY rainfall!

Fortunately, most of it lands on the toilet lid. Easily mopped up.
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