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Old 01-16-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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Falling flourescent light covers

My 2003 Classic has flourescent ceiling and bathroom light fixtures. Everytime I tow it in cold weather (after a 30s night, for example) the plastic covers fall off of about haf of the light fixtures. This doesn't happen in warmer weather or when the trailer has been warmed up inside. When I arrive, I have to pick the covers off the floor and bed and reinstall them.

has anyone else had this slightly aggravating problem?
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Yes, I have a similar problem with my 2004 31' Classic. My fluorescent light covers fall off even when sitting in the driveway when it is cold. The light in the hallway next to the bath door and the ones over the bed fall off anytime the temperature falls below 60 F. I have tried switching the covers with ones that don't fall off (the living room) and reinstalling the covers rotated 180 degrees to no avail. Next, I am going to see if the ones that fall off have some difference in how tightly the fixture is attached to the ceiling.

In another vein, I have the Fantastic fans fore and aft in my unit and after sitting with the cover closed for any length of time the covers stick. Usually, after sitting overnight, the covers stick so tightly that the opening/closing motor stalls out (just like when the cover closes down completely at the end of the run) and I have to manually open the vent cover. Late last year the one in the bedroom was stuck so tightly that it pulled the gasket off of the sealing rim surround. Is anyone else experiencing this?
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Old 01-16-2004, 12:57 PM   #3
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Sticking Fantastic covers

Glad to know that I am not alone in my small problems.

My Fantastic Fan covers tend to stick, also. When the trailer has sat for a while, I try to remember to pull out the knobs and break the seal manually before turning the fans on for the first time.

I suspect that a good application of silicone to the seals will alleviate the stiocking problem. Silicone does a good job on sticking window seals. This is on my agenda when I next have an opportunity to get on the roof. Since my trailer is in a storage yeard, I have to transport a ladder out ther.

Like gsalmon, I have some flourescent covers that routinely fall off and some that do not. I can't see a physical difference in the plastic or the fixtures.
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In another vein, I have the Fantastic fans fore and aft in my unit and after sitting with the cover closed for any length of time the covers stick.
Never pulled a gasket off but they are sticky if they sit for a few days especially in direct sun. I sprayed the gasket with silicone and it helped.

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Silicone (many choices; eg, LPS spray) is better than oil-based lubes (eg, WD-40) when dealing with plastic products!

LPS (silicone & water based) is also better than WD-40 (oil based) when excluding moisture in door locks in freezing weather. I can't say I'd try that at colder than 20 F degrees however.... Shoulda done that last fall!
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