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Old 06-24-2019, 07:21 PM   #1
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Replacement Vent Lids

Does anyone know the model and/or style of vent lids that are used on Forester RV's? I assume they use the same vent type across the whole line of Forester models but could possibly change it for a particular model year. I have a 2016 3011 and the lids in the bath and kitchen are really brittle now and could start breaking apart at some point. In fact, I have already broken off a corner last year on one just but hitting it with my foot one day. That got a temporary fix with some eternabond which I'm sure would outlive the rest of the lid I let it.

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:38 PM   #2
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It's a pretty generic item, so lots of aftermarket options are available. Just measure your size.

As an aside, I probably wouldn't replace them with the same ones if they only lasted three years.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:00 AM   #3
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Replaced ours last year on our Forester.

There are a couple types of hinges so need to make sure you get the same type.

We replaced with polycarbonate ones so they should hold up much better than the original.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:07 PM   #4
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Replaced ours last year on our Forester.

There are a couple types of hinges so need to make sure you get the same type.

We replaced with polycarbonate ones so they should hold up much better than the original.
Gumpster, that is my plan as well to use polycarbonate. Now, just need to figure out which hinge type I currently have.
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Yeah, I had to check mine. Stopped at a local dealer and they gave me one - if course wrong hinge type.

If they are the same as 2014 they should be the rolled type - may need a flat blade screw driver to open it up a bit to get the old ones.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:10 AM   #6
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Here is a pic of the vent covers I have and it does look like the example I attached earlier. I have a Campingworld $25 certificate so this may be a good use for it.
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I just replaced one of mine last month. This is the one I got from Amazon which worked great.
Style: Ventline (Pre '08 Models)/Elixir ('94 & Up Models) | Color: Black |

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40161-4...ay&sr=8-9&th=1
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Last weekend we where sitting in the RV during a downpour and my wife says she thinks she hears water coming in. Sure enough, the vent near the fridge seemed to have sprung a leak. I had just recently bought a Camco 17700 replacement lid (https://www.campingworld.com/unbreak...xir-17700.html) but not had the time to install it yet. After getting it home I discovered that part of the cover had worn away and formed a crack along a the side. I replaced the lid with the new one and so that so no longer should be an issue however after checking the other vent above the bathroom, that lid had the same issue at the same location. I pressed on it slightly and the plastic just started to crumble. I have only had the RV for 3 three years and would have expected the roof vents to last longer than this but apparently not. Hopefully the polycarbonate replacements will hold up much better.
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I just replaced one of mine last month. This is the one I got from Amazon which worked great.
Style: Ventline (Pre '08 Models)/Elixir ('94 & Up Models) | Color: Black |

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40161-4...ay&sr=8-9&th=1
I have seen this model on a number of sites but curious how this vent lid differs from the Camco 17700? I do need to buy another vent lid for the lid I have not replaced yet.

https://www.campingworld.com/unbreak...xir-17700.html
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I have seen this model on a number of sites but curious how this vent lid differs from the Camco 17700? I do need to buy another vent lid for the lid I have not replaced yet.

https://www.campingworld.com/unbreak...xir-17700.html


Looks like either will work. I just replaced all of my vent covers with the ones from Amazon. Just make sure you get the polycarbonate type.

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I replaced mine with a metal lid. Also put max Air covers over them. The originals are quite inferior and do not last.
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I replaced mine with a metal lid. Also put max Air covers over them. The originals are quite inferior and do not last.
A metal lid will not let light shine through. If you'd put the MaxAir cover on a plastic one, you'd probably be all right.
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It's possible that it depends on the plastic the company used the day they were made. I've heard of people that have had their covers get brittle and shatter after just a year or 2.

We have a 2015 trailer and the covers are all still good and flexible. Even after being in direct sunlight for most of the time we've owned it. My parents have a trailer that's about the same age and it's the same for them as well. Seems to be hit or miss.

I just recently installed vent covers over them so they should be good for quite a long time now.
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A metal lid will not let light shine through. If you'd put the MaxAir cover on a plastic one, you'd probably be all right.


Thatís correct but the plastic ones done hold up at all. Went through two on each of my vents on a 2017. Put a MaxAir Vent over the metal vent and open it. Get all the sunshine you want. With metal, youíre not replacing it every year. To each his own, but the metal works for me.
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Agree Alan.
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