Installing an RV Roof Vent Cover

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Both of our Fantastic vent fans are equipped with rain sensors, but there are lots of times that we want the fan open and running even if it’s raining out. The solution is to install vent fan covers. Our favorite is the Camco Aero-Flo (no, they did not pay us to promote it!), which has lots of venting for high air flow, plus allows easy swing-open access for cleaning.

We installed vent covers on both kitchen and bathroom fans when we purchased our motorhome 7 years ago. Recently, one of the covers got cracked, so we’re replacing it with a new one. Even though the brackets for the new cover are already installed (since we’re re-using the old brackets), we’re taking advantage of the swap-out to show how easy it is to do it yourself.

Along with improving the flow of fresh air, reduced need for air conditioning and effective moisture removal are two great benefits of having Fantastic fans in an RV. Covering them makes them that much more versatile. If you install covers on your fans, you’ll be grateful for the ability to use them in all weather conditions, especially when it’s both hot and raining at the same time.


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  1. Hope you are well. Did you have any issue with the fantastic fan cover not being able to open completely with the vent cover installed? If so, did you have to make any adjustment to how far the fantastic fan lid opens? Some of the reviews on Amazon stated their fantastic fan cover could only open 3/4 of the way after installing the cover and I’m not sure how they made this adjustment. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

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      Hi Scott!

      We’re doing great, thanks for asking! Hope you are, too!

      It is correct that with the vent cover installed, the Fantastic Fan lid does not open all the way. But in 11+ years of using it this way on this RV, we have never had it be a problem. The Fantastic Vent fan opens until it meets resistance… either because it’s opened all the way OR because the lid has hit the vent cover. Then it just stops. Apparently, it’s pretty smart! ;)

      Of course, that means that there is some obstruction to airflow (compared to it running at the same speed without a vent cover and the lid open 100%), but we’ve never really noticed it being a problem (you can always turn the fan up higher to move more air… to a point, anyway).

      Hope this helps.

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