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Old 06-18-2006, 06:14 PM   #1
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I have a 31' 1979 International. The two street side living room windows open easy enough but are always a bear to close with the handles. It gets really frustrating. Is it just a matter of re-greasing the channels on the outside to fix them or are there parts that wear out?
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:23 PM   #2
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I have a 31' 1979 International. The two street side living room windows open easy enough but are always a bear to close with the handles. It gets really frustrating. Is it just a matter of re-greasing the channels on the outside to fix them or are there parts that wear out?
You can spray some WD40 in the locking camps to clean teh action, and then try and get some light grrease in there if necessary.
The bracket that receives the rotating latch might need a little help with a nail file, right where it tends to seize. Make sure that the spring loaded cam is free and clear, moving easily in and out of it's spring seat.
You can adjust the tension a bit as well, with the nut at the and of the cam bolt.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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My locking clamps work fine. It's the slide mechanism that hangs up somehow.
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Old 06-19-2006, 06:26 AM   #4
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BTW the windows slide up just fine, it's getting them to slide back down that is a real bitch.
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Old 06-19-2006, 06:42 AM   #5
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I use silicone spray in the slides, I also have discovered that the if the arms are slightly bent they will bind. I had this issue with my rear bath window and fought with the b**ch for a couple of months before I finally figured out what was up. Also make sure it isn't binding on the screen openings, it can cause an odd angle on the arms and issues with closing. For some reason the worst of the binding occurs when you are attempting to close the window in a pouring rain

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If you can not get the arms perfectly straight and away from the aluminum guides which they might rub against, A little oil on the sealing brushes that keep the insects out, will oil the arms each time they are moved in and out. If you use a higher viscosity oil it stops the aluminum to aluminum siezing.
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I use silicone spray in the slides, I also have discovered that the if the arms are slightly bent they will bind. I had this issue with my rear bath window and fought with the b**ch for a couple of months before I finally figured out what was up. Also make sure it isn't binding on the screen openings, it can cause an odd angle on the arms and issues with closing. For some reason the worst of the binding occurs when you are attempting to close the window in a pouring rain

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This is exactly what happened to me. It seems that you can always open the windows further but they get hung up closing them.
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My sticky window problem is, I believe, limited to the late model trailers that have the awning windows closing against a rubber seal. The windows stick to the rubber seal, once the trailer has sat stored for awhile, and I normally have to go outside to manually free them up. I've found that baby powder, applied to the rubber seal, seems to eliminate the problem for some time - but maybe others have come up with a better solution???
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People from the rubber industry use zinc stearate powder to prevent rubber from sticking to itself and other things. Any waxy fine grain parting agent will do for the sticky problem but I do not think that what the original poster was complaining about.
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