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Old 09-24-2015, 12:38 AM   #1
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Can't get the front window open on 2016 Bambi

Does anyone have an idea how to get the glass unstuck from the gasket on the front window? There is a sticker that says it may get stuck from hot weather but I can't get it to open. Have opened the rock guard and opened the two holders on the inside. I'm totally flummoxed. Am I missing something. This Bambi is brand new, just picked it up,yesterday.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:11 AM   #2
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I always have to do it (at least at the start) from the outside. That is both on our 2014 16' and our newer 20'. The seal sticks hard enough there's no way you can get it from inside. The geometry of the arms makes starting them nearly impossible. Entirely normal by the way.

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Old 09-24-2015, 05:18 AM   #3
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Better to have it stick than be too loose and leak. Use a credit card on the outside?
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:26 AM   #4
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I use a plastic pancake flapper, or you can use a plastic pie knife. Start toward the top, near one of the corners, and gently push it between the glass and gasket. work your way around the window, until the window becomes unstuck.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:01 AM   #5
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My new FC20 is the same. Use a plastic small tool CC etc. to lift lower corners of glass from the outside. Soon the rubber gasket will have a very thin film of dust on it which will prevent sticking down the road. Not necessary to add a lubricant/release agent IMO if you are patient. This is a natural process of the rubber gasket curing a bit more when exposed to air and dust.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:06 AM   #6
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Slice a credit card between the window and gasket. Sun etc heats it up and they stick.

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:57 AM   #7
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I wipe the seals with silicone spayed onto a paper towel. With time and age the sticking becomes less. When the trailer is new, apply the silicone more frequently.

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Old 09-24-2015, 10:45 AM   #8
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ditto. use a credit card almost every time. carefully and works like a charm. we silicone also. had 2 new units and did with both. not an issue
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:52 AM   #9
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I used a plastic knife ....pry easily and it will open from the outside
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:53 AM   #10
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In my mind that window and it's inside levers and catches are a pretty poor design and it's always a pain.

That being said plastic bicycle tire irons are pretty handy for this job. They are just good for lots of non marring type jobs. Had to take a door panel off the truck and they worked great there to pry and not scratch.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:55 AM   #11
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Use the credit card or fingernail trick on whichever of the two lower corners that looks least stuck, then get your finger underneath to "break" the seal and you're good to go!
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You can try these. I got them for all our windows.

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Old 09-24-2015, 11:12 AM   #13
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I recommend wiping the rubber seals with 303 protectant after you get the window(s) open. It helps marginally with the initial sticking but has a nice matte finish (not as oily as some products) and provides the UV protection to the seal that will help prevent fading, cracking, and leaking in the future.

From Amazon: 303 (30313-CSR) Aerospace Protectant Trigger Sprayer, 32 Fl. oz.

Also available at the AS store for twice the price if you are so inclined.
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:22 AM   #14
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2nd 303. We too have the same problem. Most folks recommend the 303 .it's also available at Camping World.
This is the first time that I've heard that the issue decreases over time, good news!

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