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  • Trailer Ventilation Question

    Hi all,

    I am buying a gooseneck trailer that has no windows or vents in the front tack / dressing room. I'd like to put in a roof vent to help air out the wet saddle pads on the drive home. I mostly trail ride, and I don't think I will ever use this trailer for camping. I was thinking of installing a pop-up vent like the ones typically used in the horse box, but when I mentioned this to the trailer dealer, he said I needed the RV vent with the dome lid. However, from what I understand, those shouldn't be open while driving (due to the risk of breaking the cover), which defeats my whole purpose for getting a vent.

    I would really appreciate hearing your opinions on what type of vent I should get. The trailer is steel, and the roof is not insulated (if that makes a difference in your recommendations).

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I wonder if it's something to do with the waterproofing for the RV vents compared to the regular vents. My gooseneck has an RV vent for the tack room but regular vents in the horse area. I think the horse vents are more likely to leak or drip, even when closed. It's not such a big deal in the horse area where there is no carpet...

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    • #3
      Honestly, it seems like a lot of trouble to go to for something as minor as damp pads. If this were an issue of horse comfort, that's one thing, however, your trailer, your money.

      IIRC, most vents should not be open while driving, especially at high speeds.
      Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you have now was once among the many things that you only hoped for.

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      • #4
        Hello

        if you use an RV dome vent it really needs to be installed into a 14 x 14 frame and is not meant for be open in transit

        you could rivet in and caulk a 2 way pop up horse vent OR google Fletner vent


        Risa
        HappyTrailsTrailers
        BalancedRideTrailers

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        • #5
          Every gooseneck I have owned has had a RV dome vent. They are priceless for ventilation on the road and when parked.

          I have covered all of mine with a Camco Vent Cover (or similar brand). Installed correctly and caulked, I have had ZERO leaks in 6 trailers and campers spanning 19 years... We always run down the road with the vent open, even all the way to Alaska and back. Zero issues.

          https://www.campingworld.com/camco-v...liateid=5571##

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          • #6
            I'm not seeing a problem that needs a solution. The pads will dry, perhaps a little more slowly, but will dry. If you remove them from the trailer when you get home and hang them someplace with airflow, just like you would do if you rode from home, they will dry.

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            • #7
              I don’t have any vents in the dressing room of my gooseneck. I also keep the two windows closed at all times.

              My wet saddle pads dry just fine on their blanket bars after a ride. You don’t need air FLOW to dry a saddle pad .... just plain air (and time).
              It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by beau159 View Post
                I don’t have any vents in the dressing room of my gooseneck. I also keep the two windows closed at all times.

                My wet saddle pads dry just fine on their blanket bars after a ride. You don’t need air FLOW to dry a saddle pad .... just plain air (and time).
                Same here -- no vents in my GN dressing room; keep the windows closed when hauling (and virtually all the time), and have never had an issue with saddle pads not drying. For what it's worth, I live in a warm, can be humid but not incredibly so, climate.

                When I had a larger GN with a weekend package, the dressing room did have two RV vents installed at the time of the custom conversion. Never drove anywhere with those open.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by moving to dc View Post
                  Every gooseneck I have owned has had a RV dome vent. They are priceless for ventilation on the road and when parked.

                  I have covered all of mine with a Camco Vent Cover (or similar brand). Installed correctly and caulked, I have had ZERO leaks in 6 trailers and campers spanning 19 years... We always run down the road with the vent open, even all the way to Alaska and back. Zero issues.

                  https://www.campingworld.com/camco-v...liateid=5571##
                  What a great idea! I have also always had a RV type of roof vent in the dressing room. It definitely helps when it is really hot. I can't imagine not having some ventilation.

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                  • #10
                    I had my boyfriend install a 14X14 vent in my trailer. It was as simple as cutting a hole, laying the waterproofing strip, and then riveting it in. The horse area vents are not waterproof and you will get your tack wet/rot your floors.
                    http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      I have had vented fans in the last two LQ trailers I have owned, and I leave them open 24/7, even going down the road, especially in warmer weather to avoid developing mold and mildew. I do have them covered with a MaxAir vent that is designed for just that purpose. They are inexpensive, easy to install and really work well.

                      http://www.airxcel.com/maxxair/products/covers

                      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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