How to Install a Roof Vent in a Pop-Up Camper

How to Install a Roof Vent in a Pop-Up Camper
Pop-up campers are comfortable and easy to tow. A roof vent will extend the life of your pop-up camper by allowing moisture to escape. This will prevent mold and mildew from damaging the interior of the camper. The vent will also increase comfort through the control of airflow and temperature. Proper installation and basic maintenance of the vent will ensure years of use. Installation of the vent requires basic skills, but care and precision are necessary.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • RV sealant
  • Roof vent
  • Screwdriver
  • Sawzall and blade
  • Safety goggles
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
Step 1
Raise the pop-up and lock into place. Block all wheels to ensure safety.
Step 2
Locate the area where you want to place the vent. The area should be clear of hazards including electrical wires and any critical components on the camper.
Step 3
Place the roof vent in the area where it is going to be installed and trace the edge with a permanent marker.
Step 4
Use the sawzall or a jigsaw to carefully cut out the hole. Cut on the inside edge of the marked outline to ensure the hole will not be oversized. This is a critical step.
Step 5
Liberally apply a layer of RV sealant to the edge of the hole with a caulking gun.
Step 6
Align the vent and drill holes through the screw holes. Screw the vent tight to the roof and proceed to cleanup.

Tips & Warnings

 
Be extra careful when cutting out the vent area. It is better to underestimate the cut and make adjustments than to cut an oversized hole.
 
After sealant has dried, it is optional to apply an extra layer of caulking or RV sealant to the edge of the new vent.
 
Using a saw is dangerous. Wear safety goggles to protect the eyes and execute with extra care.

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Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Colorado-mountain-adventure.com. Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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