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 an RV roof vent cover. Our favorite vent cover is the Camco Aero-Flo (no, they didn’t pay us to promote it!), which has lots of venting for high air flow, plus allows easy swing-open access for cleaning.

We installed RV roof 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. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be made even better! Adding an RV roof vent cover makes them even more versatile, allowing you to take advantage of all their benefits without having to worry about the weather.

If you install covers on your fans, you’ll be grateful for the ability to use them in all the time, especially when it’s both hot and raining at the same time.

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  1. My wife and recently retire and bought a 5th wheel so we are very new to the RV community I was wanting to install vent cover over the bathroom and the kitchen vent fans the one over the bathroom I was able to install just like your video showed but when I got to the kitchen vent fan which is controlled automatically it has 4 ears that stick up so the cover would not fit over them is there a different kind of cover to buy that will fit over those brackets?

    1. Hi Kenny. Sorry to hear you had trouble. When you say that there were “4 ears that stick up”… were those metal brackets that stuck up from the side of the vent fan? Or are they a part of the vent fan’s cover itself?

      If the former (metal brackets that are attached to the side of the vent fan), then those are likely the mounting brackets from some other cover that must have been removed and/or broken off. On most vent fans, there’s a plastic sidewall that extends up from the roof of the RV (that the fan’s cover closes down over and onto to seal) that is where the vent fan cover is usually attached. So you may be able to see screws that are holding those brackets in place… and so could remove them in order to install the new cover.

      If they’re not metal brackets from an old cover… then we’re not sure what they are! Are they part of the vent fan’s cover itself? You might be able to get a different style cover (like this MaxxAir cover at Amazon:, which may over the additional height you need.

      Hope this helps get you sorted out!

  2. 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.

    1. 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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