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Old 03-07-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
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Window Popper gadget

Has anyone purchased the "Window Popper" gadget advertised in this month's issue of Airstream Life? website is "seeyoudowntheroad.com"

What a great idea and what appears to be an elegant solution. Much better than trudging out in my slippers to open a stuck window.

If anyone has tried the Window Poppers, any thoughts on how well they work, how easy they are to install, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:31 AM   #2
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I have a set, but have not installed them yet. I hope to get out there today.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:33 AM   #3
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I use silicone once a year, have not had any issues opening windows on three AS.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:38 AM   #4
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I have a set, but have not installed them yet. I hope to get out there today.
Thanks, let us know how it goes. Website says installation takes 5 minutes per window. Wonder what takes 5 minutes. Take a pic or 2 and post them if you can. Thanks
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:45 AM   #5
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I use silicone once a year, have not had any issues opening windows on three AS.
yes, I have tried that. I rub that 303 protectant on that I bought in Jackson Center on in Spring. Then 2 days later (OK, I am exaggerating here) the window is stuck and I try really hard to not "force" it with the interior handles so as to not bend/break them. Finally I walk outside, and sometimes all it takes is a mere pull with a fingernail (exaggerating again) to pop the window open.

So I am ready to try a Window Popper....in addition to applying the 303 protecant to the window seals to keep them in proper working condition.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:25 AM   #7
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I have tried an alternative to this little device. I have drilled a 7/32" hole at the bottom center of the window/screen frame. I use a small wooden dowel to break the seal ion the window. It then opens readily with the interior handles. This seems to work well without anything sticking out in the way of the shade.

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Old 03-07-2015, 09:26 AM   #8
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Once the windows were freed and opened, it was a pretty painless operation. I didn't have any help on the inside and that would have made things go better. Of course, my windows are now unstuck so I won't be able to test the effectiveness of these devices. Here's some eye candy:
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Here is a homebrew version that was posted on Air Forums about a year and a half ago.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f164...ml#post1358139
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Yep, some are using wooden dowels that are not permanently mounted. Whatever floats your boat.
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If your using 303 on the window gaskets I believe your using the wrong product to prevent sticking. It is primarily a UV protection. We use plain old silicone spray from NAPA once a year and have no sticking.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:17 AM   #12
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Thanks Mr. Prez. What size drill bit did you use? It must have been something to take a drill to your window frame. Was the screen frame or whatever you call the area where you drilled the hole "soft" or "hard" - meaning how long did it take the drill to go through? I have drilled on sheet metal on my truck when installing things and what I thought should be a 5 or 10 second drilling took a lot longer and required more push that I expected. Wonder what to expect from the Airstream window frame.

Thanks for sharing your pics and experience. I love adding another "project" to the Airstream list!
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3/16 drill bit. The window frame seemed harder than the screen. The only bit I had was a step drill with 3/16 as the first part. Having someone on the inside pressing on the screen would make the process go quicker. I installed 5 poppers in about 30 minutes including getting the windows open. I also used a punch to mark where I wanted to drill.
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