Not sure if you were referring to me. My lid lasted at least 4 or 5 years - but I was hoping forever Anyhow, it was a name brand that I got at a RV shop (not CW). I went back there and got the metal lid. He asked what year my old one was and said which metal lid would fit it. They really know their stuff. The hinge, IIRC, is just a pin through a bent flange. The only hard part was to get the raising arm to work as the new lid track was different - but I finally figured it out and it works great.