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The Cost of Older RV Updates: Replacing the RV Range Vent Cover

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August 10, 2021
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Every year, we can always count on an original rattle-while-you-drive noise to come out of Axl Roads, our 1997 Ford Four Winds Class C RV. 
 
In the past, we’ve shown you how the culprits have been the screen door, the door lock, and stove top.

Background and Before

This season, the RV range vent just outside the door began to rattle.  Although it took a while to pinpoint where the new noise was coming from, a quick walkaround inspection revealed our RV range vent cover had cracked.
rv range vent cover crack

The RV range vent was showing it’s age – yellowingj plastic with rusted screws and rotted caulking – and looked even more askew close up: 

rv range vent cover crack close up

Old RV Range Vent Cover Removal and New Cover Mod

If your RV range vent cover looks like ours and you’re ready for a fix, you’ll be surprised how inexpensive and easy it is to replace!

First, you’ll need to order the replacement vent cover. I found the Kohree RV Range Hood Vent Exhaust Vent Cover, High Impact Resistance Camper RV Accessories Stove Vent Cover with Lockable Clips for less than $20.

Once the vent cover arrives, gather up: 

rv range vent cover fix it materials

Next, you’ll need to remove the old RV range vent cover. Russ used the drill to take out the screws, and then pried off the vent using the edge of the painters tool. 

rv range vent removal

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the old RV range vent cover versus the new cover, showing just how aged ours really was:  

comparison of old to new rv range vent cover
comparison of old to new rv range vent cover 2

You probably noticed that the square part on the back of the new vent on the left side is much longer/deeper than the original. Indeed, the new vent back went much too deep to fit into the side of the RV.

To make it fit, Russ took a hacksaw and chopped off some of that square part. The cut wasn’t perfect, but it worked!

rv range vent cover hack saw modification
rv range vent cover mod

While he modified the new vent, I went to work cleaning the old caulk off the side of the RV by gently rubbing with mineral spirits and scraping patiently with the painters tool. 

rv vent cover replacing - wiping with mineral spirits
rv range vent cover caulk clean up

Installing the New RV Range Vent Cover

Once the old vent cover is off, the caulk has been scraped clean, and the new vent cover is modified, you can really get moving!

Remove the backing from one side of the two-sided butyl tape and stick it to the back edges of the new RV range vent cover, like this: 

butyl tape on new rv range vent cover

Once the butyl tape is stuck well to the back of the vent cover, remove the backing from the side facing you. The sticky gray part will be exposed, like this: 

butyl tape without backing on rv vent cover

Then carefully stick the new vent cover into place and press firmly. 

new rv range vent cover into place

The screws that came with our new vent cover didn’t appear to be as long as the old ones, so we reused those…

redrilling new rv range vent cover

…but see the problem? Look at those crappy, rusty screws! 

crappy rusty screws in new rv vent cover

Gripper to the rescue! 

If you’ve never used Gripper, it is a thick primer that can seal up all kinds of bad things – like crazy cabinets and RV walls – and even rust. 

You can apply it to the screw heads with a q-tip, so they match up and look like new.

gripper screw heads

The last step to installing your new RV range vent cover is caulking the edges to make sure no rain or moisture gets into the walls or vent area. 

Russ has a steady hand, so he was in charge of carefully outlining and sealing the vent cover with caulk. 

caulking and sealing the new rv range vent cover

Finally, we let the caulk dry for a few days, and then got Axl right back out on the road for the weekend! 

finished rv range vent cover thumbs up

 

Lessons Learned

While some older RV fixes can throw you for a loop and impact your budget, installing a new RV range vent cover isn’t one of them! 

With the exception of the new vent, you likely have most of the other materials for this fix on hand. Most new vents are around $20, and any of the materials run between $5-30 each – so this fix will not break the bank. 

But it will quiet a rattle!

Do you have other tips for this fix? Share them in the Comments!

Fun fact: we’ve never even used the RV range inside!  But we did make these tasty chicken parm burgers over the campfire.
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