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Old 09-28-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Vent Covers and Slideout Awnings

We will soon be ordering a new Jayco bunkhouse TT and wanted to know what add-on accessories folks recommend.

Appreciate thoughts on the following:
(1) Vent covers (e.g., MaxxAir I vs MaxxAir II)
(2) Fan (power vent) covers
(3) Slide Out Awnings

Many thanks!
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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I bought the Camco ones at Walmart but if I were getting them for a more expensive model TT than what I have I would spend a little moreand get the smoked Maxxair.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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IMO installing a MaxxAir style cover over an RV vent, and/or fan vent one can't go wrong. It allows the vents' to remain open during rain showers, and they are more robust then the OEM plastic vent covers in the event something hits them.

I'm not a fan of slide out awnings (potential for water pooling), but I will a admit that there are advantages to them.

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Tons cheaper to order the covers off the www and install yourself.
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Many people upgrade their bathroom fan. There are basically two companies that make these standard size 14" x 14" fans; MaxxAir and Fantastic. There are several models from basic to ones that work on remotes and even close themselves when it rains.

You should get a cover by the same manufacturer as they are designed to work together.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely be ordering the Maxx Air vent covers and doing the installation.

Has anyone used both the Maxx Air I and II? Any design preference? Looks like the main difference is the hinged lid on the Max-II and a slightly larger louver/vent surface area.

For slide out awnings what are the better brands for quality?
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My daughter's father-in-law had slide toppers on his first trailer and hated them. More to clean.

I guess if you camp in the open a lot they could help with keeping the sun off.

We camp in the woods so this wouldn't be an issue.

What makes you think you want them?
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My daughter's father-in-law had slide toppers on his first trailer and hated them. More to clean.

I guess if you camp in the open a lot they could help with keeping the sun off.

We camp in the woods so this wouldn't be an issue.

What makes you think you want them?
These are not window awnings (to provide shade). They cover the top of the slideout roof and protect it from water and debris.

Camping in the open would probably not require them but in the woods would be extremely beneficial keeping out leaves, twigs, acorns, and other debris that could damage the seal or be brought inside the trailer when the slide was retracted.

A friend who owns a TT recommended them so I thought I'd query the forum to get their take. Sounds like about half the folks like them and half don't. I can sure see how they could be an issue in high winds and also a maintenance headache (something else to clean). But I think the pluses probably outweigh minuses.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:51 AM   #9
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I put a slide-out topper for 3 reasons

1- Extends the life of your top slide-out seals (less sun, doesn't dry as fast)
2- Prevent water from being on it (which creates a heck of humidity of even dripping water when you pull the slide-out in
3- prevents debri from getting on the top of the slide-out and damaging the seals when you slide them in


Slide-out topper are not meant to reduce the heat in the RV!
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I recommend the Maxxair vent covers. I don't know much about the fans so no comment. Also, I highly recommend slide toppers if you often camp places that are wooded or where it rains (ie: not the SW USA). There really is no down side that I have found to them other than initial cost. On the flip side the sill keep water from pooling on the top of the slide and keep debris off. Both of which need to be removed prior to slide retraction. They are a convenience thing. If you don't mind climbing up there every trip and cleaning then they are not needed. Lots of threads on them.

Edit: FYI, from my experience with 3 trailers with slide toppers, they do not effect the heat. Also if installed properly, they do not puddle and they do not blow in the wind as some suggest. Wooded sites I recommend them because needles, leaves, acorns, etc.
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