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Old 10-21-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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Window Knobs

I had a couple of the gray plastic knobs pull off while opening stuck windows. The set screws were not tight enough. I tried new set screws. You can buy the set screws at Home Depot or Lowes. Take a knob with you to size the threading properly... be sure to buy a hex wrench that fits the set screw (or 2), as they wiggle loose eventually.

I then tried a different approach - I removed the metal push rods going out to the windows (after you remove the 2 window screw attachments, the rod just twists and goes out the opening on the side of the window). Then, I used a tap & die set to cut threads the round end of the rod. I held the rod steady in a vice grip, for threading, using cutting oil. Then I sanded and painted the rods, re-installed them on the window, and then screwed on new small round pewter (handles) for the window knob. It's really sturdy, and cannot pull off, and looks pretty good. I actually used "newels (sp?) that hold lamp shades onto lamps (about $3 each) for the knobs.

If you try this, do not thread down too far on the rod, as it might interfere with closing the window all the way, if the knob is threaded too far down on the rod, it can bump against the window frame when the window is closed, due to the angle of the rod.

The FunderStream rehab is complete, and we are hitting the highway! JohnF______

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Old 10-22-2013, 05:06 AM   #16

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:16 AM   #17
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Experiencing the same thing with the knobs coming off when trying to open a window on our 2012 Classic. The knobs have brass threads but are without set screws. I purchased a couple small phillips screws to test our front side window. The brass insert comes out when tightening the screw very much and there is no indentation in the rod the knob is on for the screw to set in. Bottom line is the screw was little or no help. Next step is to drill a shallow hole in the rod and try the screw again. If that works better, will drill all the rods and get regular set screws. If it doesn't work, will go with some type of glue to hold them firm. Because the windows stick to the molding when not used for a few days, the knobs are needed.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:44 PM   #18
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Decided to bite the bullet and came up with another solution. Actually removed all the window rods from our 9 windows and threaded the ends. They slip out by removing one nut from the mounting bracket.

Had to make a several file strokes to get them rounded and ready for a 1/4x20 die. Ordered 18 black coupling nuts from Enco at $1.58 each. I think they worked out quite nicely. The pictures show a rod after being threaded and the rod re-installed with the coupling nut. I sprayed on a little black paint to touch them up before re-installing.

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:06 PM   #19
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Great solution. I'm going to try something similar on mine, I'm tired of the handles pulling off every time I try to open a window.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:36 PM   #20
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Don't really need to pull on them, just push and lift. The considerable weight brings them back down to sit in the detents or close. Lube the window seals and the detent channels with silicon or 303 Protectant as needed so they don't stick.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:30 AM   #21
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Here is what I ended up making out of aluminum stock
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:00 AM   #22
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I just replaced all the (new models) plastic window knobs from our 2017 FC with metal knobs. If anyone wants 12 unmolested plastic knobs please send a PM and I'll drop them in the mail to you. To qualify for this offer you must post a picture of you helping one old lady across the street.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:34 AM   #23
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Some nice improvements.

I am not particularly fond on these large windows, but Nancy loves them. I tend to hit my head on them when walking around the trailer. I am getting better avoiding them, but at night... no so well.

I open these windows from the outside. Easy and even the large window in front and back are easy to do by one person.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:58 AM   #24
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Vintage Trailer Supply sells a metal replacement knob with set screw for $4.99 each.

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