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For the vent, has anybody installed a small plastic one, or perhaps made one from aluminum angle? I would like to be able to tow with it OPEN without having dried insect carcasses pile up inside the front of it, they are really hard to excavate!

I would prefer something very small and aero, but have not seen such a product. A-liners come with a smoked plastic one but they are really too wide:

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Something similar to this marine cowl vent would be elegant:

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Also, has anyone done anything about the outside front edges of the solar panel, to cover the milled grooves and make it easier to “de-bug”? I was thinking some thin polished stainless strips bonded with VHB tape would look good and also would clean up easily. They would also resist the occasional wayward rock strike better than the soft aluminum....

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John Davies

Spokane WA

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Sure do hope that "A" liner deal has some weep holes in it.

I assume that you are talking about the bathroom vent.  And, I assume that you are wanting to create a "cross breeze" of sorts by leaving both the bathroom vent and the Max Aire vent open at the same time?

Certainly a fairing of sorts would not be too difficult to fabricate.  But to make it look nice might be another story.

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2 hours ago, topgun2 said:

 

I assume that you are talking about the bathroom vent.  And, I assume that you are wanting to create a "cross breeze" of sorts by leaving both the bathroom vent and the Max Aire vent open at the same time?

Actually I don’t like traveling with the Maxx Air vent raised, unless it is wide open it flops around and gets battered by gusty crosswinds on the highway. I plan to add ventilation to below the closet door, to the closet/ bathroom wall, and to the bathroom divider wall itself, so I can get air through those areas with the glass door closed. I would leave two rear windows cracked open for air in the back.

I think a hefty piece of aluminum angle, shaped nicely and bolted down a couple of inches in front of the bath vent, would work fine, but it isn’t at all aerodynamic. But neither is that massive solar array! It needs a fairing too.

John Davies

Spokane WA

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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Adding pics..... I am not sure what is the current model, this is mine:

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I found a Beckson cowl vent that might work OK, but unfortunately the downhill slope (like that A Liner!) will cause it to fill with water or leaves. 

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So maybe  a simple piece of angle would be best....

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John Davies

Spokane WA

 

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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John Davies:
Take a look at the port visors offered by Seaworthygoods.com.  Used as rain deflectors mounted over vessel portholes.  Come with 3-M tape ready for mounting.   It may be that something may be adaptable for what you want.  I have a port visor over the bathroom window and it has stayed in place for the last 2,000 miles.
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Have you thought about not running the fan, and  just opening the bath window a bit, instead?

 

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I did that once  accidentally (left the bath window open.) It created a bit of a suction effect, but I  don't have any vents to/from the bathroom.

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I may be missing something here, but is there a benefit to leaving these vents open while driving?

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21 minutes ago, jordanv said:

I may be missing something here, but is there a benefit to leaving these vents open while driving?

I've never found it to be a big deal to just close up the trailer and drive. But then, we don't camp much out in the heat of the west. If we do go west, it's usually early spring,  so not hot.

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48 minutes ago, jordanv said:

I may be missing something here, but is there a benefit to leaving these vents open while driving?

I close everything when we’re on the road.  Especially in the west, dust can pop up quickly.  If it’s hot outside it will be hot inside even with a vent or window cracked.  If it’s cold outside, same deal.  Mike

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28 minutes ago, Mike and Carol said:

I close everything when we’re on the road.  Especially in the west, dust can pop up quickly.  If it’s hot outside it will be hot inside even with a vent or window cracked.  If it’s cold outside, same deal.  Mike

I have left the vent open - but it was in error - and  your right it doesn't make much difference  on the inside temp's.

However, I have thought about a cool looking deflector - AKA - the roof mounted bike racks- mounted to the solar panels - Say a blue tinted plastic - with some graphics matching the Ollie. Not sure what good it would add - but hey - then I would have something - JD would have to catch up........😀😄 ( I am so far behind on his new improvements to Ollie)

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