RV Bathroom Vent
The RV bathroom vent is a great little thing to have for a number of reasons. Almost all RV's have a powered RV bathroom vent, except perhaps the very smallest camping trailers.
Some great reasons for having a powered bathroom vent is when you use the fan you show courtesy to the rest of the RV occupants. After all, an RV is a very, very small space.
Just as important, I think, is the ability to vent to the outside of the RV, humid warm air caused by showering. By ridding the RV of warm humid air it keeps the RV at a much lower humidity. Whatever your reason, expect to have one.
Humidity is a serious problem with RVs.
In the winter, humidity, perhaps caused solely by human expiration, is enough to build condensation on windows. This condensation can be a breeding ground for rust. It can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Add the humidity from showering into the mix and you really always have a moist indoors.
In the summer you might not get condensation on the windows like the winter, but having any level of humidity will make it much more difficult to “feel cool”.
The vent itself will have a manual method to raise and lower the vent. You would travel with it lowered of course and keep it closed for inclimate weather. But for much of your time in your RV you can keep the vent open, provided you aren't doing any climate control like running the air or the heat.
DC power is routed to the vent so it will run on 12V (or battery if you prefer that term) when you are boondocking.
You'll usually find the vent's fan motor and the switch to control the vent's fan motor right at the vent itself. This is to save on cost, space, and wiring – something RV manufacturers are always managing carefully.
If you are a little bit short reaching the fan switch MAY be a problem. Sheri is not a tall person and she was able to reach the switch without too much trouble. If you can't reach the switch, you could probably use a short “reacher” stick to turn it on and off. The switches themselves only require pushing on one side of the other to control the motor.
This may seem obvious, but we do live a country where there are labels that point to fire extinguishers saying “fire extinguisher” —> If you turn on the vent fan, you should have the vent OPEN.
I've listed a few RV Bathroom vents here from Amazon (disclosure) and some more listings after the picture for your convenience.
- 12v Powered White Vent
- Broan Replacement Bath Ventilator Motor and blower wheel # 97012038, 50 CFM, .9 amps; 120 Volts
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