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Old 06-02-2015, 01:15 AM   #1
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Bug Proofing Vents

With bug season going into full swing, we're thinking about covering all our vents with metal window screen (ten dollars a roll at Home Depot) and some hot glue or silicone.

Seems like a fairly simple mod to remove the various covers, attach a piece of metal screen inside and re-install cover.

Any downsides to this besides not giving our hard-earned cash to Camco for "custom" screens/covers?

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Old 06-02-2015, 02:06 AM   #2
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I've been thinking about the same thing myself but have yet to actually try it. I picked up black metal screen material for a home project and have quite a bit left over.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:53 AM   #3
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Don't you guys have screens on your vents?

I would not use hot glue anywhere it gets hot. I have used it in the past (long, long time ago). It melts.
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You can get stainless covers for your fridge, hot water heater, and furnace online. at least cover your furnace openings,


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Old 06-02-2015, 08:40 AM   #5
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Use heater-duct tape to secure the screens to the inside of the vents.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:40 AM   #6
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Don't you guys have screens on your vents?

I would not use hot glue anywhere it gets hot. I have used it in the past (long, long time ago). It melts.
No screens that I saw. Only slots.
You're right about the hot glue. That's a really good thought.

I was looking somewhere online and a guy does what I'm talking about except he drills small holes in the covers and puts in small pieces of metal to hold the screen, then bolts it down.

I wish I could find that link again...
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Use heater-duct tape to secure the screens to the inside of the vents.
Just like on a furnace duct. That makes sense. So have you done this or does your RV have screens already?
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Don't you guys have screens on your vents?

I would not use hot glue anywhere it gets hot. I have used it in the past (long, long time ago). It melts.
It burns the fingers too...
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I'm doing something like you're talking about. I'm using some silicone designed for the extreme heat.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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I'm doing something like you're talking about. I'm using some silicone designed for the extreme heat.

Amazon.com - Rutland 500-Degree RTV High Heat Silicone Seal, 10.3-Ounce Cartridge, Clear - Fireproof Caulk
I just read this online regarding the furnace vent. Last thing I want to do is ruin the furnace or trap CO2 inside my rv... but then if it gets full of bugs, wasps, etc. you're in the same boat right?


A flat screen tight against an exhaust area can limit the amount of pressure coming out. That's why the store bought ones are convex. Also the makers of the furnace do not recommend placing any screen what so ever in the exhaust port.
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