Frost warning, Maxx air install and bathroom vent warning
Starting to see frost warnings for our area, so I decided to get the lines blown out while it was still semi pleasant outside. Used air and got all of the fixtures blown out, then disconnected the lower tube on the water heater to make sure that wasn't holding any water. Then went into the basement, emptied the strainer, pulled both hoses off the pump and made sure the pump was dry. Should be all set until we set out for the, hopefully warm, south the day after Christmas.
I also took advantage of the nice weather to swap the horrible bathroom fan/vent for a new Maxx air, Deluxe model 6200 with smoke lid. I had heard of others warning about cracks on the topside of the cheap factory vent. When I went up top to swap it out, I found that mine had cracks as well. Luckily, mine hadn't been leaking, but it would have been soon. I'll attach pictures below of what to look for.
As far as the swap, it was pretty easy. I was able to back out most of the screws without scrapping the factory sealant. The sealant was soft enough that I could push the bit into the screws. I pried the lid up, then scraped the sealant off the roof with a putty knife. The roofing membrane was pushing around as I did this. When I do the bedroom vent, I'll scrape the sealant before unscrewing the existing flange. I expect that the roof membrane will be less likely to move this way.
From there it was butyl caulk on the new flange, put it in place, screw it down and squeeze a tube of Dicor around the flange. The unit fit over the flange and screwed down easily. On the inside, I connected the two wires, got the beep from the unit as expected, and made some wind. Didn't even have to cut the trim ring. Took me about an hour to install and very happy!! Unit is very quiet and moves quite a bit of air even at the lower speeds.
I have a second unit that should finally ship this week that will replace the bedroom vent. We ordered the model 7500 for that one so that we'd have the remote. I wouldn't be able to reach it from the bed to turn it off like our old trailer. The remote will make it very convenient. I pulled the trim ring on the factory vent and there are wires right next to the vent opening to tap into to power the unit.
Very strongly considering ordering another, cutting a hole in the roof at the back of the trailer to put a vent over the bunk area. Just need to contact Jayco and see if there is an open spot to put one.
2016 Jayco Eagle HT 29.5BHDS (ordered 12/30/15, delivered 3/8/16)
2015 F-350 crew cab, short bed, 6.7L PSD, Pullrite Superglide 3300 hitch