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How to Replace an RV Roof Vent Cover? – Only 3 Steps

Writen by Dane Heldt

Fact checked by Robert Clark

how to replace an rv roof vent cover

It’s important to have a roof down in your RV because it provides necessary ventilation. However, you might need to learn how to replace an RV roof vent cover as constant sun exposure can turn the lid pretty much toast.

An obvious sign that your lid has outlived its purpose is when it leaks the rain into your RV. Furthermore, you can judge that the lid is old if it has been for a long while.

Here are the steps on how to replace RV vent covers that are cracked or ruined by yourself.

What You’ll Need for this Tutorial

1. Replacement Lid

Fortunately, there are many replacement lids available on the market today. They come in different models and hinge arrangements. When you have to get a replacement RV vent cover, make sure you:

  • Find one with similar hardware to avoid drilling extra holes on top of your camper home.
  • Also, determine the old cover’s hinge style to match the new lid. The common hinge styles of lids are continuous hinge, 3-point hinge, and 4-point hinge.
  • You can take the old lid with you to the RV supply store to make sure that you’re buying the correct model.
  • You also need to get the right size. Measure the opening without the garnish from the inside. Get the length and width dimensions of the old vent cover. Generally, the standard size is around 14.25 inches x 14.25 inches. You can use these dimensions as a reference when purchasing the lid.
  • Next, consider the material and color. Lids are typically made of plastic, although you can find some made in metal. As for the color, white or smoke are available, with the former providing more bright light.

2. Electric Power Drill

One tool that you need to perform this travel trailer cover replacement process is an electric power drill.

You’ll need this tool to remove and put back the screws to remove/replace the interior components of the RV. It will be much easier to use than an ordinary screwdriver.

  • Most cordless drills are also made to drive screws. Corded drills, however, normally have no clutch. Hence, they can’t be used as screwdrivers as they’ll remove the coverings of the screw head after driving the screw.
  • For corded drills to be used as screwdrivers, they need to have a clutch and a variable speed to drive screws at a slower speed.

Step-By-Step Instructions


Once you have the right lid, you can start with the proper camper vent cover replacement process. Follow our 3-step guide below.

Step 1: Take Interior Pieces Apart

The first thing that you need to do is go inside the RV and take out the interior components from the vent cover/lid. With your power drill, remove all the screws to disassemble all the parts.

First, remove the trim panel, followed by the crank handle and the screen. Next, loosen the screws holding the crank assembly from the crossbar.

Step 2: Remove The Old And Insert The New

After disassembling the interior components, get ready to climb on your RV roof to remove the old cover from the hinge. This step is the easiest part of replacing RV vent cover.

Simply strain out the tab to open it a little bit. Finally, slide the arm from its track to release it from the lid.

Once you get the old tab out, slide the new tab in. Make sure that it fits well and goes up/down easily.

Step 3: Reinstall The Parts

Now, return inside the rig and reinstall RV roof vent replacement parts. You’ll need to replace the interior parts in reverse order. Start lining up the crank arm and slide it into the track to connect it to the new cover.

Next, install the crank assembly back into the crossbar. Finally, put back the screen, crank handle, and trim ring.

Suppose you are still not clear about any point in the instructions. In that case, you can watch this video to complete your travel trailer vent cover replacement project.


Now that you know how to replace an RV roof vent cover, it will be easy for you to install a new RV bathroom vent cover anytime.

All you need is a compatible roof vent cover/lid and a power drill that can drive screws. You need to make sure that your vent cover is in good condition to improve air circulation inside your RV.

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