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Old 03-08-2017, 01:34 PM   #11
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If you don't have these they are "bonehead" proof: Maxxair (00-933069) Black Vent Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002OWCLNQ..._Vm-VybSN6JW1M



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Good idea... I have the automatic rain sensing vents that are SUPPOSED to close when the sensor gets wet. It doesn't always work as fast as it should.

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Old 03-13-2017, 06:56 PM   #12
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I purchased a 2004 Colorado 26FB a couple of weeks ago. I've never owned an RV before, so this is my first rodeo. I was checking some things out with the unit and began digging into things, opening compartments, vents, and such. It got dark and so I went into the house and forgot to close the overhead vent/sunlight in the bedroom, and kitchen. I had the bathroom door propped open with the freezer door, so it was directly below the sunlight in the kitchen, and of course, the bed mattress was under the bedroom vent. Yep .......... It rained ................. mattress soaked, dining seat and seat back soaked, bathroom door had been trimmed exposing the pressed core, so it was soaked, and swollen. Panic mode kicked in and I jumped on Google. First thing I see is "Water is your travel trailer's worst enemy" ............. Searched all over for a dehumidifier with no luck, so I plugged it into my 110 and powered up the AC. I slid out the dining area, then I turned the AC down to 60 and wiped everything that I could, then removed the mattress and cushions and closed the door.14 hours of constant AC running and cycling because in no time it was 60deg with the 15K AC going. Everything is dried out now, but the bathroom door is still a bit thicker than before, so I might do some shaving, and then re-seal it with clear polyurethane. Learning as I go, so wish me luck. BTW, the trailer is awesome. I've only seen the metal shelled entry level type before, so when we saw this, it was a "must have" !!! Previous owner was a mechanic and was meticulous in keeping this thing in top shape. He even replaced the vinyl with aged wood laminated floor tiles because he didn't like the linoleum floor.


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1- setting up trailer at site
2- setting up trailer for traveling
3- closing trailer after just hanging out in it


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