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Offline TexasCharger

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Seal for Roof Vent??
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:11:26 AM »
Does anyone know where to get a seal for the roof vent? (Probably not) So..... If not.... Does anyone know, or have any ideas, on what to use for a seal?

Thanks in advance for your help!!
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Re: Seal for Roof Vent??
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 12:23:52 AM »
the hatch seal or roof seal?

  the roof seal keeps the base from leaking, the hatch seal keeps the hinged lid from leaking.

  I have a subaru, and the lower door gasket seems like it would be a good size, just need to trim the lock strip off, and glue it into place, it is tubular, so likely won't last as long as the original, but the original was a solid , closed cell rubber, very hard to find any more, think sponge, or tempurpedic type material made from rubber, I do suppose you could plastikote some 3/4 inch neoprene though... will be testing some things on my spare hatch, but I am kind of lazy, so it might not be until my current hatch starts leaking,
 on another note, might tru an RV repair facility, as most RVs have some sort of hatch similar to a ramcharger, and the older flip up style sun roofs have a similar locking mechanism, so either of those gasket might be useable.

 luck on this quest, and let us know what you come up with.

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Re: Seal for Roof Vent??
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 10:16:19 AM »
I used some universal 3/4" (at least I think it was 3/4") weather stripping. I just installed it so part of it's width went vertically up the lip to seal more like the factory seal. It's been this way many years and works fine.
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Re: Seal for Roof Vent??
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 09:53:13 PM »
Since we've all got the cargo area vent in mind, has anyone installed a small electric fan in the vent?

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Re: Seal for Roof Vent??
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 06:03:05 AM »
Following this closely, 'cause I've got an occasional leak back there too.

Funny you should mention a fan.  I bought a battery operated fan (at home in garage so I can't go look up name and model) remaindered at Bed Bath & Beyond (wife made me go) for $20.  It takes like 6 D cells (or 12v wall wart), and has 3 speeds..  On-line reviews claim on low it'll run 24/7 for 4 days on batteries, out camping.  The thing is black, square, and about the same dimensions as the RC rood vent.  The fan's case halves are screwed together, so I used electrical crimp-ring connectors and loops of 550 para cord in each corner with wooden toggles made from dowels.  Then I made four 550 paracord loops in crimp-ring connectors to go on the corner screws in the roof vent mounting frame so fan hangs an 1/2" below the vent, but you can adjust to taste.  When you get where you're going, hook the fan up to the loops with the toggles to blow out, or hang it other way around to blow in.  Waaaaaay cheaper than any RV fans I priced.  Once I get aux. batt. in I plan to install wiring and an outlet up there to hardwire it, but so far batteries are fine.

If interested I'll go look up the fan make and model tonight.
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Re: Seal for Roof Vent??
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 04:43:51 PM »
OK, fan is an "O2 Cool" Model 1071.  Case is 12" x 13", fan blades 10".  It's two speeds, sorry.  Takes 8 D cells.  Seems they've upgraded the model with a tilt base, which may or may not hamper it's ability to mount more or less flush up to RC roof vent.
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