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Old 05-08-2009, 07:48 AM   #1
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Tight-assed windows

We are now full timing in our 1994 34 footer and have found that we can't get any of the windows to open. It has been in storage since we bought it 4 years ago and i wonder if the windows are just stuck closed. maybe even the previous owner never opened them?. No amount of pulling up on the handles will budge them. Yes the little locks are turned the correct way so I'm stumped. I sure dont want to pry too much from the outside and break something. Got any ideas?

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Old 05-08-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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I would in fact try prying on them from the outside, with your fingers at first- if they're like my windows, after sitting for a while the weatherstripping tends to stick the window to the frame. After you get them open, you might want to spray some silicone on a rag and wipe the weatherstripping down with it.

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Old 05-08-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Your gaskets are sticking. Treatment is discussed at Lubing them is always on my spring checklist. Even the gasket on the Fantastic Fan gets sticky now and then.

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Old 05-08-2009, 08:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply and the referral to the sticky window trick. I'll do the fan gaskets with silicone spray too. Thanks you guys are great!...
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:39 AM   #5
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I use a silicone plumbers lube and it lasts for several years.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:04 AM   #6
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Spray them down with a water/ dish soap solution, it'll act as a lubricant. When clean and dry, the use the silicone.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:44 AM   #7
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I managed to get one open with gentle prying and will try your suggestions today...thank you all for responding so quickly...Bing
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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We had the same problem and pried from outside with a butter knife while the wife opened from inside. Then Andy gave is the silicon lube advice as posted by others above. They open very easily now from the inside. I sprayed down each gasket and wiped off excess.

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