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Old 07-24-2016, 11:26 AM   #15
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Use baby powder. Keeps windows from sticking to weatherstrips on your Airstream and lubricates door glass run channels in your car. Works like a champ. Baby powder is a must-have for every tool box.

Believe it or not, talcum is a lubricant.

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Old 07-24-2016, 11:27 AM   #16
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Just another thing that Airstream has been screwing up for decades and seemingly has no intention of ever fixing. Windows that stick. Tell me again why we think this is the best RV ever? We have windows that I cannot open at all, and Windows that even my Chris struggles to open, or shut for that matter. You would think that after this many decades Airstream would have fixed it. So why haven't they? I don't think they give a crap.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:31 AM   #17
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I use silicone spray, works very well. You can pick it up at any hardware store.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:41 AM   #18
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Another vote for vaseline.

Another vote for vaseline.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:55 AM   #19
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I use silicone spray, works very well. You can pick it up at any hardware store.
Chris says a dry silicone, or graphite powder works best.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:36 PM   #20
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We find that Silicon spray works fine, easy. BEST one we ever used is WD40 Silicon [not the oil]. Black and yellow can, flip top with permanently affixed nozzel. Regularly apply to all metal on metal [awning slides, etc] all windows, the window opening slides, and the metal flip up fasteners at screw-on. Great for all hinges, and of course, the hitch and trailer jack. Can find at Walmart, not in the oil dept, but separately, usually in the auto section. Home Depot also carries it, both about $6.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:45 PM   #21
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Not sure how talc powder behaves when wet, so some testing before applying to window seals might be prudent. On windows that are stuck (not extreme heat welded to seals), sometimes a little outward pressure applied when operating the handles helps. Do this by rotating the latches so that the locking arms press against the window frame. Lots of good uses for silicone… window seals surely one of them .
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:06 PM   #22
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They both work.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:27 PM   #23
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So... you wanted BIG windows... and now this happens.

If off onto dusty roads... be careful with the timing of what might adhere between your window and rubber. Not a stinking mess, but a dusty crust and grit to grind into your window glass edges, after closing, and then vibrating down the highways for six hours with the silicone/grit polishing compound you made possible.

The credit card works, but if you have no credit... something that can slide between the glass and gasket not tearing it made of plastic. You can also open the window from the outside and set the two window rods into their slots. Just have to set them inside to open...

Finger nails. Only if you want to loose them.

Be patient. Work both edges so not to break the window. You wanted big windows and this is your punishment. I liked the small crank vents on our 2006 23 footer. I just do not spend that much time in my trailer. I can sit inside at home all I want and look out of the window without all of this grief.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:34 PM   #24
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Window poppers are another great solution. Even with silicon, ours are still hard to open and these work great to break the seal. Not sure if they fit older Airstreams. Might want to check before ordering.

http://www.seeyoudowntheroad.com/window-poppers/
I had Window Poppers installed on my 20' Flying Cloud, and can't wait to get them for the new 26U. They made opening windows EASY, even in rain! : )
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Which is better the 303 (30324) Rubber Seal Protectant or the 303 (30305) Aerospace Protectant?
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Silicone spray works well on window seals, door locks and just about anything else you don't want to paint. NAPA has a tube of silicone paste called Silglide that works well too. Annual application is adviseable.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #27
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Spay silicon on a cloth and rub cloth on entire gasket. Let dry and apply second coat. This lasts a year for me, nice to have stick-free windows.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:18 PM   #28
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Which is better the 303 (30324) Rubber Seal Protectant or the 303 (30305) Aerospace Protectant?
I've never used the rubber seal product, but the uv formula only need to be applied every few years.
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