I tarp my trailers for protection against the elements. I took my Rod and Reel to a rally recently and on the way back one of the roof vent covers had two of three vent lid supports break. This left it hanging by only one connecting support and tilted upwards. I saw it as I walked back from a food run at a fast food restaurant on the way home. The picture below shows what it looked like when I saw it. I a standing on the 5th rung of a 6 foot ladder to take this picture.
I had to break it off because I thought the wind would take it for a ride and then where would I be? I still had over a hundred miles to drive.
So, I theorized that the weight of the tarps is pushing down on the aluminum covers of the roof vents.
Does anyone have any suggestions for protecting the tops of the roof vents from the weight of the tarp? I need something with rounded edges to minimize tarp wear. I thought maybe shallow buckets or plastic or even metal curved bottom bowls might help.
That roof vent that is now topless currently only has a taped-on folded ziplock bag over it as a temp fix.
All roof vents
The top seems to be pushed down as the supporting connectors for the vent cover.
Image below shows two of the connecting supports for the vent cover. They appear "squashed".
Last Edit: May 20, 2021 22:09:57 GMT -8 by Teachndad
"I get that queasy how in the hell will this thing ever go back together feeling.” - PT
A deep bowl would work but I would also remove the old brackets and make new ones. I believe the vent cover failed from weather and possible heat rather than the weight of the tarp. It is just old with metal fatigue.