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Old 05-12-2016, 12:06 PM   #1
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Windows! & Fantastic fan

While we love the large windows of our new Int'l Serenity 27fb, we are struggling with simply opening them! We know that they can be sticky from not having been used in the winter but even those we use more regularly are still awkward to lift up. They are heavy and often require 2 persons to open. It is actually impossible for one person to lift the back dining room window. Then, the small bar doesn't latch into the side slots easily... Any ideas?
Fantastic Fan: the book instructions are of no help in understanding the sequence to follow in order just to open the vent without turning the fan on. And if we just open it without the fan... will it still sense the rain and shut down (if we are away ir during the night)? Can someone direct us to a link for better instructions? Thanks.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:14 PM   #2
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Not sure about the fans, but on your window question, I've sometimes found it easier to open the heavier windows from the outside once they are unlatched on the inside. I can just reach up on each side and put the bar into the right slot.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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I Googled and found this,

http://rv52.com/wp-content/uploads/2...model_6600.pdf
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:09 PM   #4
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SeaLevel has the answer on lifting the big windows, unlatch them inside and go outside to lift up and set it in the detents. A little practice and it's a piece of cake. Frequent silicon spray will keep the gaskets from sticking more/less, gets better as they age.

Pull down on the knob to open close manually, that frees the motor from the drive gear so will not close automatically. One of the best mods you can do for your Airstream is put vent covers over these fans, many brands and they all work fine. Depending on the rain sensor to close the covers is a leap of faith I wouldn't take. With the vent covers you can ventilate rain, shine, going down the road or in storage. You'll most probably leave the vents open most of the time. With the vent covers I consider the motor a nuisance.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:11 PM   #5
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I have also found that opening the windows from outside, by myself, is much easier. Gravity helps you close them from inside when you need to. Part of my setup routine when we get to a campground is to open the windows from outside.
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Pull down on the knob to open close manually, that frees the motor from the drive gear so will not close automatically.
You do not pull down on the knob on newer fans. You just turn it....I have a new one in my garage, just checked it , and the instructions to confirm.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:27 PM   #7
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What a piece of crap design on the window hardware. Maybe the some other brands have a better idea. I almost broke the handles on the inside trying to open the back window. Do you have to open the locks then use a screw driver to pry them open?

Pure garbage design..
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I keep my window gaskets lubed with silicone. I have no trouble opening them.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:26 AM   #9
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Don't use a screw driver. Slide a credit card along the seal and they will open. Bad design I agree but they do get easier with age of the trailer and experience.
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We use a suction cup puller, similar to this. Works great!
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That could server multi purpose - you could use it to check leaks at each rivet - that video was posted in here recently....and used for windows, it wouldn't be as likely to damage the gaskets. Great idea!
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We keep a wood clothespin under the propane cover, clipped to the bracket inside. Sometimes a window sticks, the clothespin grip is handy to pry it up without damaging the glass or rubber seal.

We keep a can of silicone spray just inside one of the outside hatches, handy to lube the seals so they don't stick, and the awning bars so they don't stick.
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303 Aerospace Protectant spray to window and FanTastic Fan seals to keep them from sticking (& prevents UV damage)!

More info: "Shine on harvest moon" (washing, waxing, and protecting Airstream exterior)
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What a piece of crap design on the window hardware. Maybe the some other brands have a better idea. I almost broke the handles on the inside trying to open the back window. Do you have to open the locks then use a screw driver to pry them open?

Pure garbage design..
Poor design, you didn't check how to open the windows before you bought?
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