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Old 01-30-2017, 07:13 PM   #1
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My Forester has a plastic stove vent with a covered flapper. The flapper has tabs on the bottom edge that apparently lock the flap. How do you unlock the flap, I've tried pushing and pulling the tabs, but they don't seem to move.
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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My Forester has a plastic stove vent with a covered flapper. The flapper has tabs on the bottom edge that apparently lock the flap. How do you unlock the flap, I've tried pushing and pulling the tabs, but they don't seem to move.
Do the tabs have a screw? While I have a TT, I have the tabs and have to rotate them out of the way.
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:27 PM   #3
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:43 PM   #4
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On many, the little tab rotates around the smaller end to allow the flap to open. When new they can sometimes turn hard. Be sure to close it and lock it prior to traveling as they will flap and fall off.
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If they are plastic tabs molded into the bottom of the cover flap, push harder and in an upward direction. They can be very stiff when new.
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My Forester has a plastic stove vent with a covered flapper. The flapper has tabs on the bottom edge that apparently lock the flap. How do you unlock the flap, I've tried pushing and pulling the tabs, but they don't seem to move.
This was showed to me during my PDI, guy said just give it a push and it'll pop open. NOT!!! So he tried and gradually increased the pressure. Then he slid a mini screwdriver along the bottom. Factory got some sealant on the bottom edge and glued it shut. The screwdriver broke the sealant, works fine now... Still is a bit stiff, DW wouldn't be able to open it, but then again, she'd need a stool just to reach it!
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If they are plastic tabs molded into the bottom of the cover flap, push harder and in an upward direction. They can be very stiff when new.
X2 --Use both your thumbs on one tab at a time. Push the tab up and slightly out from the trailer. After the 1st tap releases, go to the 2nd tab and perform the same process. This will now allow the vent to "open" when the vent fan is turned on and the vent will exhaust the fumes.
To close, simply reverse the process, again, 1 tab at a time. I also agree that these tabs are very stiff when new, however, they will "loosen up" as they are used. You'll probably want to snap the vent close when finished cooking as the vent will flap with even minimal wind/breeze and drive you nuts!
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X2 --Use both your thumbs on one tab at a time. Push the tab up and slightly out from the trailer. After the 1st tap releases, go to the 2nd tab and perform the same process. This will now allow the vent to "open" when the vent fan is turned on and the vent will exhaust the fumes.
To close, simply reverse the process, again, 1 tab at a time. I also agree that these tabs are very stiff when new, however, they will "loosen up" as they are used. You'll probably want to snap the vent close when finished cooking as the vent will flap with even minimal wind/breeze and drive you nuts!
That is a perfect technique, as I employed it for the first time today !!
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:08 PM   #9
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If the flap moves at all it's likely the tab issue but if it doesn't move it was likely sealed shut at the factory by some careless workman. Mine had to be pried open with a putty knife. Works fine now. Happy camping.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses....it WILL be opened!
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