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Trailer is a FR Stealth Toy Hauler. Believe its a 2016 and i got it used a couple years ago. I noticed the roof vent covers were already discolored, brittle, and almost looked furry when the trailer was only 2 years old. They developed small chips and cracks. Seemed like they deteriorated so much faster than my friend's trailer thats a 2003 Warrior and still has the original vents. That trailer sits outside uncovered 24/7. (same with mine)

Does Forest River just use extra cheap products? Imagine there can only be so many manufactures of trailer vents.

Big storm here and went down to the trailer yesterday. Found a vent cover on the ground broke into pieces. I got lucky and judging by the small puddle in the trailer it must have just blown off.

Waiting for sunlight to go down and check on my temp repair. Big heavy blanket in a trash bag with bricks holding it down.

I might finally invest in a MaxAir vent cover for the broken vent. But should probably replace the other 2 vents. I have duct tape on them covering the small holes.

A buddy suggested "heavy duty" vent covers on amazon. I have not searched yet. Curious what brand vent cover you guys/gals would recommend? Also wonder what online trailer shops have the best deals?

There are a couple RV supply shops up here. I try to support them and buy my propane there. Have bought other little parts there over the years. Can give them a call to price check once i learn the brand of vent cover to seek out.

Thanks for any advice!!

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The MaxAir covers are your answer. 185,000mi on 2 Tiffin coaches with those covers and NEVER had a problem. They still look and feel new on the present coach (110k miles)


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Forest River uses the same vent manufacturers as everyone else, Camco or Ventline are the most prevalent. The sun beats them up pretty good. At the parts store where I work, we sell a hundred or so every season.

MaxAir vent covers do help, and they are a little beefier plastic than the vent lids, but the sun will still degrade the plastic and they are more expensive than vent covers. One advantage to MaxAir covers is that if you park inside or nose into the prevalent wind, you can leave the vent open a crack and vent the inside of the camper in storage.

When you go to the parts store make sure you bring one of the old covers. There are 5 different types of hinges.


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Thanks so far.
So the white color maxAir covers will still yellow?
Im fine with black, just wont match the AC covers.
But im definitely into function over fashion.

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The Maxxair covers were the first thing i installed on my last 3 RVs. I never had a problem with any of them, and it allows me to keep the vents open 24/7. Any plastic will eventually fail due to sun exposure, but ive had these for up to 12 years without a problem.

Replacing the current lids is easy. Unscrew the lifting mechanism form the vent,slide it off the vent lid. Go on the roof, flip the lid up and remove. Thats it! Installation is reverse.

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The white Max Airs will hold up pretty well. You also have the option to paint them with a high quality rattle can paint for plastic. The paint will help for discoloring and UV protection.

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Posted: 11/28/19 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First see what type vent lid you have using this
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For long lasting vent covers Polycarbonate ones are the ones you want.


If you haven't done this before Here is a short video that will help you.

You may need a new seal that goes on the metal edge this will make it a tight seal This is what you need

Replace like this

Maxx Air covers are also a good Idea,mine have been on for 9 years and look good as new.


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Who knows why some of the covers fail UV days. Our bedroom vent cover totally disintegrated in the first year, under the Winnebago warranty, but for $10 cost, it was not worth even moving the MH to the dealer.
I added MaxAir covers at that time, just for double protection, glad I did. About 6 or 7 years later, I noticed that the vent cover that I had replaced was in pieces on the screen , but the bed was still protected by the MaxAir cover.
Interesting, the vent covers for the bathroom and overhead bunk are still the 2006 originals. Yes all have the MaxAir covers.

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jfkmk wrote:

The Maxxair covers were the first thing i installed on my last 3 RVs. I never had a problem with any of them, and it allows me to keep the vents open 24/7. Any plastic will eventually fail due to sun exposure, but ive had these for up to 12 years without a problem.

Replacing the current lids is easy. Unscrew the lifting mechanism form the vent,slide it off the vent lid. Go on the roof, flip the lid up and remove. Thats it! Installation is reverse.
The very first thing I do after buying a new RV is cover the vents with the Maxxair covers. They're made a entirely different material than the original vent covers. They don't turn yellow with age and don't get brittle from the sun. I don't see installing them as optional, to me they're MANDATORY if you don't want to find a lot of damage when the originals age out after a couple of years.


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We full time thru the winter. Covers are a must with snow.


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