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Old 09-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Have you ever wanted to open a window without going outside to pry the window loose. That was the beginning of my fix.

I made small puh pins mounted from the inside, through the screen to the window. I used 1/4 inch aluminum rod with plastic caps on the ends. I would be glad to give additional information upon request. Email: unkbill123@aol.com with subject line: Window Opener.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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I've been thinking about this since we owned the trailer! We have a 2012 FC and I would love to have all the details about this. I would use them fir sure.
Looks good.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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I purchased 1/4 aluminum rod stock at Lowe's in a 36" long piece. This were cut into pieces about 3 inches long (one piece for each push pin). The plastic caps are the ones used on the ends of wire shelving made by Closet Maid. The hole seen in the photo attachment of my post must be just a slight bit larger than 1/4 inch to allow for free movement of the push pin. You may notice that I made a support for the rod, push pin, with a 1/4 inch + hole to support the rod within about 3/8 inch of the window. This support needs to be made from a material that will bend easy. (When the window is closed there can not be any thing preventing it from sealing. Here, I used a piece of a golf cart windshield bracket to make this "L" shaped support. A stainless steel screw was used to mount this new support to the bottom of the window frame.

Once the window locks are released, a push on the pin pops the window free from the seal. It is then very easy to open the window by their handles.

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I will send additional photos upon request as attachments to an email if you need them. Uncle Bill
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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A clever solution for sure.

I'm on the Mark 1 solution; I keep the rubber seals treated with a little silicon spray from time to time and that seems to do the trick.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Have you ever wanted to open a window without going outside to pry the window loose. That was the beginning of my fix.

I made small puh pins mounted from the inside, through the screen to the window. I used 1/4 inch aluminum rod with plastic caps on the ends. I would be glad to give additional information upon request. Email: unkbill123@aol.com with subject line: Window Opener.
Uncle bill, my wife loves you already. That's fantastic. I guess a section of one inch aluminum angle might work for your window sill support if you trimmed the one side back to allow mounting at proper position. What did you use to seal against water leaks at the screw hole?
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Since the screw is on the inside of the window, I did not use anything. I did not think it was necessary.
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Well that's just brilliant!!
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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I hope the engineers at Airstream are reading this! Nicely done and something I think I am going to try!
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Since the screw is on the inside of the window, I did not use anything. I did not think it was necessary.
Might be a good idea to caulk well. Costs nothing and there are quite a number of posts with water leak problems or wet underfloor plywood with water coming from know not where. A few have been water leaks from window sills when a seal fails or rain when window cracked open. Front square window can be especially problematic at the lower corners. But what a great idea, congratulations.

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We have found that the silicon cure works well.
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Uncle Bill, installed your window opening system yesterday. I did find that one inch aluminum angle worked for the support in the window sill, so cut 1 in. sections of that and installed it using 3M 5200 adhesive sealant without screws. Again, thanks for the invention and install info.
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Neat fix! Window gaskets are known to stick. Using a 'One from Column A, One from Column B' philosophy, lewster's de-sticking recommendation could come in handy as part of the solution.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:59 PM   #14
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Uncle Bill. It's been a week since I installed your window opener system, so an update. As noted, I modified your window sill support and used one inch aluminum angle--hole drilled in line with the window frame hole. I did not screw the angle support to the sill, but relied on 3M 5200 sealant to glue it there. After curing for a week, it's solid as a rock. I thought it would be as I've used 5200 in marine environment under water, everywhere, and it takes hammer and chisel to remove. I shortened one opening pin at the front window so as to not interfere with the sliding drapes--only need enough length to break seal. Again, a wonderfully improvement, Airstream should take notice.
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