Thursday, January 12, 2012

Captain, We've Sprung A Leak!

Oh wait, I'm the Captain aren't I?

Went out to the van this morning to undertake trying to remove the 1987 microwave of doom. As soon as I stepped in I noticed a wetness on the dinette table that shouldn't have been there. Directly above is my roof vent. Now, it wasn't a lot of water, maybe a tablespoon or so but enough to send alarms off in my head. Is this something else I'm going to have to fix/ replace? Upon further inspection there was also roof wetness on the opposite side but yet none on the floor.

After some chit-chatting with a friend I resigned myself to having to replace the vent or at the very least reseal it. But then I got an idea. I can actually see the top of my van from inside my house so I sprinted to the window and lo' and behold the damned vent wasn't closed all the way.

I haven't messed with the vent since I bought the van for a couple of reasons. First, it doesn't have the handle to crank it open and closed. Second, I have enough on my plate without attempting to function it and actually breaking it. I don't have reason to need to open or close it right now so it was something low on my list of things to check.

I removed the screen and grabbed a pair of pliers and was able to actually get it closed. HUZZAH! It's supposed to rain more tonight so I'm glad I'm not going to have to find a way to get up there and cover the vent with plastic. Hopefully this will solve the issue - at least until I actually want to use it and have to replace the fan because all of the blades are broken off from the previous owner.

1 comment:

  1. When the time comes, replace the entire vent fixture, if its a standard 14x14 vent, with a fantastic fan, far better and quiet fan which will help cool the rig down by being able to draw air through the windows and exhaust it out onto the roof.