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Old 07-24-2016, 05:17 PM   #29
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:40 PM   #30
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I keep a disposable plastic putty knife in the drawer instead of the credit card. Wouldn't want to break the bank.

Sort of an aside but related. I was having trouble with the Fantastic Vent seals getting pulled out when I opened the dome. I called FV and they 1) suggested I spot glue the seals (I could not locate any evidence of any glue...relying on the ribbed insert to stay in the curb groove which was worthess) and to 303 protectant the dome, especially where it contacts the seal...also used to clean the fan blades apparently per their instructions.

FV doesn't sell itany more but suggested a non-petroleum based silicone oil. I found some on Amazon that was used as a lubricant in air guns and similar product for treadmills for roller lubrication.

I figured if works on the FV seals, it must work on the windows seals too. What I could garner on line is the pet based silicone products deteriorate the rubber over time...hence the non-pet based S/O.

I only did this a few day ago so have no history to report. However the manual in one place suggests 303 and in another "Slipicone" for the window seals. My dealer indicated the latter was silicone oil...base unknown.

The poppers are slick and maybe I'll revisit them down the road.

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Old 07-24-2016, 10:15 PM   #31
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I keep a disposable plastic putty knife in the drawer instead of the credit card. Wouldn't want to break the bank.

Sort of an aside but related. I was having trouble with the Fantastic Vent seals getting pulled out when I opened the dome. I called FV and they 1) suggested I spot glue the seals (I could not locate any evidence of any glue...relying on the ribbed insert to stay in the curb groove which was worthess) and to 303 protectant the dome, especially where it contacts the seal...also used to clean the fan blades apparently per their instructions.

FV doesn't sell itany more but suggested a non-petroleum based silicone oil. I found some on Amazon that was used as a lubricant in air guns and similar product for treadmills for roller lubrication.

I figured if works on the FV seals, it must work on the windows seals too. What I could garner on line is the pet based silicone products deteriorate the rubber over time...hence the non-pet based S/O.

I only did this a few day ago so have no history to report. However the manual in one place suggests 303 and in another "Slipicone" for the window seals. My dealer indicated the latter was silicone oil...base unknown.

The poppers are slick and maybe I'll revisit them down the road.

Bob
I'm having the same problem with one of my Fantastic vent seals. What did they say to glue it with?

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Old 07-24-2016, 10:17 PM   #32
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I keep one of my old dog tags on my key chain. Flat, with rounded corners, it works perfectly to nudge open a sticky window!
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:23 PM   #33
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I'm having the same problem with one of my Fantastic vent seals. What did they say to glue it with?

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Mike I bought something at a big box that worked with plastic in additional to the wood, metal etc. They mentioned superglue but I got the impression any general purpose glue would work. I wanted to stay away from a silicone caulk approach.

I'll take a look at the tube on Tuesday when I'm at the trailer and report back.


I put very small amounts in the groove at the joint and also at the start and end 4 corners. I tried to limit the glue in case I had to re-do someday.

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Old 07-25-2016, 04:19 AM   #34
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Another vote for vaseline.
Vaseline will degrade many types of rubber. Silicone will extend the life of rubber seals while preventing glass from sticking to it.
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Old 07-25-2016, 04:30 AM   #35
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All Airstream systems are designed for active use, including the window gaskets. If used often they don't stick.

303 Protectant is what AS recommends. Amazon carries it as wipes in a small plastic tub which is lightweight, easy to store, and has no liquid to spill.

https://www.amazon.com/303-30910-Aer...XGGFXF6JRA9DXV

All the other suggestions will work but also come with negative side effects IMO. As someone mentioned a very light layer of dust from constant window usage also helps.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:32 PM   #36
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I'm having the same problem with one of my Fantastic vent seals. What did they say to glue it with?

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Mike I used Loctite: Vinyl, fabric & plastic. it is also labeled "Flexible Adhesive" I got mine at Jerry's in Eug but HD/Lowes in addition to AVE probably have it too. I liked that it worked for vinyl & plastic and was flexible.
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non pet based silicone on seals

I went with the silicone since F-Vents recommended the 303 only for the dome but silicone for the seals. AS in different pages indicates both.

Using a rag, I applied the first coat of silicone last Thursday. Today when I opened them the vent popped right up. When I released the latches on the windows...I could see the glass pop away immediately. I tried the arms and and the windows were free.

Today I added another light coat and tended to my other chores for another hour, but before leaving wiped them down and closed the windows.

Surely there is a bit of film about 1/8" wide along the edge of the window and maybe that will attract some dust. But I think I'll clean the windows next time and sty on the S/oil routine for now.

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I have tried a number of the suggestions upthread.

Talc works best. I use tire talc, which is unscented and designed to ...drum roll... keep rubber from sticking to things.

After five years, I still haven't had to re-apply it.
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I use the blue refrigerator card to hold the doors open when not in use. But a better fix would keep you from getting wet when it rains.
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