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Old 08-07-2003, 09:35 PM   #1
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Wiper upgrade?

Okay, let's try that attachment thing again!
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:38 PM   #2
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Wiper Upgrade

Okay, I hope third time's the charm. That was a Lumina apv with the wipers in question. This should be the GMC with them mounted.
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:40 PM   #3
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Wiper upgrade?

Somehow my original post got lost, so here it is:

Malski said in another thread:
"The windshield wipers were the only thing that seemed dated. "

I don't know whether he's talking about the motion or the look, but the cosmetics may be something we can improve.

I monitor the GMC motorhome digest (very active, some crossover to my Argosy). Their hot setup lately is to use Chevy Lumina apv driver's side wipers on their coaches. This is the '90's van that looks like a Dustbuster and has a huge windshield.

I'm pretty sure at least the Argosies use the same wiper arms as the GMC's did, and I'm going to get some of these Lumina arms and try them soon. There's some reaming of the mounting hole required, but that shouldn't be too hard. I'll keep you posted.

The picture below is a GMC with the Lumina arms installed.


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Old 08-26-2003, 02:24 PM   #4
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wiper arms

let us know how this goes, sounds like a good upgrade and would make it easier to find refills.

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Old 11-10-2003, 11:19 PM   #5
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Motorhome Wiper Parts

Hi,

Does anybody know where to buy these little things for the wiper washer system?

This one has a broken-off tube attachment on the rear side.

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Old 11-10-2003, 11:20 PM   #6
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Here's a closer look.
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Old 11-11-2003, 07:04 AM   #7
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Try Cleveland Ignition. They are real good on wipers.

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Old 12-11-2003, 08:36 AM   #8
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wiper upgrade

I really like the upgrade idea. The overall coverage of the windshield looks much greater and the arms appear to "park" low and parallel with the bottom edge of the glass.
Having recenctly driven through hours of rain to and from Kansas - I was already wondering what sort of improvements could be made to my wipers.
Has anyone completed this upgrade on an Airstream Classic M/H ?
I shudder to stray from the original design / equipment - but the improved vision [ from both in and out of the coach ] is tempting.

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:23 PM   #9
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try NAPA they have replacement wipers wipers in stock. not cheap but who is going to cry. they are not marked up like the rv dealers do.
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Okay, after sitting on my good intentions for a few months, I finally ordered some of these arms for my Argosy. I kept intending to go look for some used ones, but that hasn't happened.

Found the right ones (I hope) at Rock Auto - www.rockauto.com.
They're Motormite part number 42710, $18.09 each. That's the best price I found anywhere on the internet by a wide margin. I suspect they wouldn't be a lot cheaper at the junkyard.

I'll report back once I've gotten them and tried them out.

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Old 12-12-2003, 04:56 PM   #11
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I'm back to sitting on the sidelines again. Rock Auto called today to say that the wipers are on factory backorder. Oh, well, I have plenty of other projects to keep me busy!

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Old 12-31-2003, 11:13 AM   #12
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Driver's side wiper broken

Apparently, the rod that connects the wiper arm through the body to the wiper motor just underneath the body panel has separated. My mechanic says the tiny pin that attaches it to the crank device sheared off. He ordered a new one.

My question is, should I replace with original stuff or use upgrade as I've read in other posts, such as Chevy Lumina arms/motor.

Also read about putting the arms in sync with each other. I wonder if that's hard to do?
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In Sync

Astrodokk:

The wipers on the '87 are independent motors. They sync up on the intermittent setting 'cause the start signal is sent to both at the same time.

Where did you read about putting the arms in synchronous motion?

I may well be mistaken, but I interpretted the post on the Lumina wipers to be the arm replacement only, and not the wiper drive.

Please let me know what you find out, as the swept portion of the driver's window leaves a lot to be desired with the stock wiper system.
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Do you have to put them both in the intermittent setting to have them automatically sync? I don't think I have intermittent in my '81. Just on/off. The mechanic said that even the newer RV's still have independemt wipers, although I don't know why not have both going at the same time!

The sync post I found when I searched "windshield wipers". I'll look for it again.

Edit: It's in the 1992 350 LE thread on wipers. The posted reply was from Bubbla.
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