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Old 06-09-2015, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hi All, Maybe this has been posted before, but a search didn't locate it immediately. I am wondering if anyone worries about excessive heat building up in the camper during the summer being all closed up. Do you leave a window cracked or do anything else to prevent heat damage or warping due to high temperatures?
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:11 PM   #2
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I had the dealer throw in MaxAire vent covers on the roof. I keep the roof vents open all year long - even cracked a bit in the winter. It keeps the trailer aired out and prevents condensation buildup in the winter. They aren't expensive and easy to install. I have the smoke-colored ones, which cuts down on the sunlight coming through in the early morning.
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Hi All, Maybe this has been posted before, but a search didn't locate it immediately. I am wondering if anyone worries about excessive heat building up in the camper during the summer being all closed up. Do you leave a window cracked or do anything else to prevent heat damage or warping due to high temperatures?
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Like Scoutr2, I plan to keep roof vents (with covers) open all year.
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That is the beauty of the max air vent covers. Leave them open all summer long
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:51 PM   #5
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I keep one roof vent and one jalousie window cracked open about an inch. I have the luxury of being able to store our trailer at our house, so I'm less worried about the window than I would be if I stored it somewhere else.

I've been doing that ever since we got our first TT and it's never been more than 10 degrees above ambient in there. Our trailer us on the NE side of our house, so it really only gets a little bit of full sun in the morning, which also helps.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:20 AM   #6
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Hi All, Maybe this has been posted before, but a search didn't locate it immediately. I am wondering if anyone worries about excessive heat building up in the camper during the summer being all closed up. Do you leave a window cracked or do anything else to prevent heat damage or warping due to high temperatures?
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we have moss and tree pitch problems where I live (pacific northwest).

but yes, I do leave the roof vents open under my max air covers.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:54 AM   #7
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I keep one roof vent and one jalousie window cracked open about an inch. I have the luxury of being able to store our trailer at our house, so I'm less worried about the window than I would be if I stored it somewhere else.
Same. I never really worried about the heat so much. On our old camper I noticed that it would start to smell like mildew after sitting closed up for a while. I opened opposing windows to air it out one day and forgot to close them. Came back a couple days later and had no smell. Decided to always leave something cracked at both ends of the trailer to ensure air movement.

No smells and no excessive heat gain now.
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I also installed a vent cover and leave it open all the time. We've had some pretty serious rainy weather around here lately, and I check the trailer in storage after every rainstorm. I've never found a drop inside my trailer. Worst I've had is a few dead bugs in the shower pan.

Even with the vent open, it still gets pretty hot in there in the summer, but not enough to do any damage that I know of.

Downside with mine is I only have that one vent over the bathroom. It would be nice to have two and maybe get a little cross-ventilation. I won't leave windows open while it's in storage. But if I open a window and turn on the vent fan, I can get a nice breeze going that removes hot stale air pretty quick.
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That is the beauty of the max air vent covers. Leave them open all summer long

ditto!!!
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I also installed a vent cover and leave it open all the time. We've had some pretty serious rainy weather around here lately, and I check the trailer in storage after every rainstorm. I've never found a drop inside my trailer. Worst I've had is a few dead bugs in the shower pan.

Even with the vent open, it still gets pretty hot in there in the summer, but not enough to do any damage that I know of.

Downside with mine is I only have that one vent over the bathroom. It would be nice to have two and maybe get a little cross-ventilation. I won't leave windows open while it's in storage. But if I open a window and turn on the vent fan, I can get a nice breeze going that removes hot stale air pretty quick.

Same on my trailer. I don't understand why Jayco only installs one vent. There really should be one for every 8' of trailer, in my opinion.
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