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Old 08-01-2005, 04:18 PM   #1
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The awful window locks on the Classics..

We have a 2005 30' Classic and some of the windows are so hard to lock. I am talking about the little silver things that you "push" down to lock the windows.
In the bedroom for the emergency exit, the ones we have are colored red and they are some easy to open and close.

Is there someting that I can do to the locks, to close them without killing my hands?

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Old 08-01-2005, 04:30 PM   #2
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Yup! Trade me for my Safari windows!
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Old 08-01-2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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No thanks. We had the 2004 Safari Bambi. The windows didn't provide much air. I like the windows in the Classic but want an easy lock option. I am sure there is a fix, a spray or something to make it easier....

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Old 08-01-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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You can open a window; go around on the outside; and adjust the nuts on the threaded rod outward slightly so that there is less pressure pulling the window inward.

I haven't done this for some time, but if I remember rightly, there is a double not so that it takes two wrenches to make the adjustment. Hold the inner nut, loosen the outer nut a turn, loosen the inner nut a turn, and then snug down the outer nut again.

It will not require a lot of adjustment, just enough that the window is not pulled inward against the seals quite so hard.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:41 PM   #5
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Pahaska told me long ago how to make those adjustments. IF you put too much pressure on the bottoms of the windows (where the latches are) you can get a gap at the top.... I learned this the hard way/wet way in LA last spring. Just get them snug.
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:56 PM   #6
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I put silicone on the gaskets so they won't stick. You have to clean the glass really well where the seal presses before you silicone the rubber gasket.
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Is there someting that I can do to the locks, to close them without killing my hands?
Sonia ...

When the windows are open ... go outside and spray the threads of the locks with some silicone spray ... then go back inside and work the levers back and forth a few times. You'll feel the difference.
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:51 AM   #8
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Porky's right

leave it to a pig to tell you to get greased. Service tech used wd40 on mine and said I should never be without it. Made a HUGE difference, I was surprised.

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When the windows are open ... go outside and spray the threads of the locks with some silicone spray ... then go back inside and work the levers back and forth a few times. You'll feel the difference.
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No thanks. We had the 2004 Safari Bambi. The windows didn't provide much air. I like the windows in the Classic but want an easy lock option. I am sure there is a fix, a spray or something to make it easier....

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Had to give it a shot.
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We have a 2005 30' Classic and some of the windows are so hard to lock. I am talking about the little silver things that you "push" down to lock the windows.
In the bedroom for the emergency exit, the ones we have are colored red and they are some easy to open and close.

Is there someting that I can do to the locks, to close them without killing my hands?

Thanks,
Sonia
You can try the lube that Porky noted. If that doesn't help then the advice from Pahaska is the next thing you need to do. I have two tight windows on my Classic which need adjustment since they are knuckle busters in closing, just like yours. In my case I know that lube isn't the answer since the latch itself is free and easy to move with the window open. I'll be doing that adjustment this weekend.

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Old 08-02-2005, 10:05 AM   #11
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Thanks to all the responses. I will try some of the suggestions this weekend.


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Old 08-02-2005, 12:56 PM   #12
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Instead of silicone spray or WD-40, I used a Du Pont teflon-based liquid lubricant (Home Depot, $4 or so). It doesn't attract dirt and it probably will last longer than WD-40. The latches on my 77 Argosy were so rusty they barely moved but after a quick squirt of this stuff they all work like new.
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Actually .. I went and checked ... I ran out of silicone spray so I picked up a can of SuperLube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Lubricant with Syncolon® while visiting a marine hardware store in Anacortes, WA.

The can states the product is good for anything that slides, swivels, rolls or squeaks. And is authorized for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants.
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Synthetic Lubricant with Syncolon? What do you think Syncolon is made from.....
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