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Old 06-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #15
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Best thing I have found, once the seals have been treated with something like 303 protectant, is once you release the latches, leave it for 5 mins or so, then the windows are easy to open. Works for me every time.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:17 PM   #16
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I use 303 on my 2015 and I think it will improve lifespan of gaskets but they do still stick. What I did find on another thread was this:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...et-132014.html

These things are the greatest thing since cheese grits. Super simple, Install in no time, and work perfectly to break the seal from the inside. Look like they were installed at the factory.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:24 PM   #17
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Glycerin is water soluble so it won't last as long as silicone.
True. But it's cheap. $6 for a 6-ounce bottle at CVS, and that bottle will last you a couple of years, easy. Apply it regularly as a preventative before putting your unit into storage, and massage it into the rubber.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:02 PM   #18
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BTW, the window poppers do not interfere with the OceanAir roller blinds in our 2015 International. The blinds stop just above them when they are in the down position. I can't say if they would interfere with the standard mini-blinds used in the Flying Cloud.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:14 PM   #19
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Try adjusting your locks. They may be took tight. I had to loosen a couple of locks after getting my AS. They don't stick as often but are still water tight. All you need is a small adjustable wrench.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:16 PM   #20
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Well we prepping our "new to us" 19' FC for the maiden voyage putting in all our supplies, trying to figure out how everything works last week. My wife made a beautiful cover for our bed, loaded up the kitchen and I was trying to figure out the water tanks but it was getting done until it got hot and I decided to open the windows and turn on the fans. I watched the youtube video about being careful opening the windows if they had not been open for a while. Problem is I watched it in January and in haste I cranked to hard without carefully checking the seals on the side window. BAMMM!!! the window blew out. Got an estimate on a new window, $570 plus labor. Uggg. We have decided our "next" maiden voyage will be to the "mother ship" in Ohio. We will take the tour and beg for help in trying to figure everything out. Just a glitch in the long term but disappointing to say the least. For all you newbies out there watch the youtube video on how to carefully open the windows after storage...and take note.
Ok.... First of all... No need to go to Ohio... Just read on Airforums... Then see if somebody close to you can tell you little tricks and pitfalls. If you are in Florida, we will be happy to help. The first year or so is baffling... But soon you will get the hang of it.
People always tell me it was good because I bought a brand new Airstream and therefore everything was perfect. HELLO??!! There were plenty of problems. But, every trip there are issues... But we read Airforums and use the best solutions. I am in my 7th week on the road and almost 6000 miles....
This trip-- we replaced the six year old batteries... ( my son's jeans were "eaten alive" by the old battery acid--- I replaced two halogen bulbs with LED bulbs--- the upper cabinet halogens burned a hole in my pretty blue blanket... My friend keeps forgetting to put the lid down on the toilet ( not a good thing) the brake controller was not working in the Rocky Mountains-- etcetera, etcetera etcetera!
Just part of the fun of towing a trailer across the USA.
Don't worry... Just look at it like a boat... Expect issues... Be safe-- read Airforums... You'll get the hang of it. Super fun-- don't worry!
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:28 PM   #21
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Glycerin, that you can buy in the supermarket or drugstore, is very good for rubber that's drying out. Chemically it's very similar to the volatile compounds that evaporate out of rubber and cause it to harden, and it will soak into the rubber to help keep it flexible. Silicone lubricant or baby powder will keep the seals from sticking, but they won't soften hardened seals. I don't know if your seals are hardened or just stuck, but I thought I'd mention it in case.
I wouldn't think the rubber on a brand new trailer is hardened. The problem of stuck windows on trailers may have more to do with the type of rubber. Car windows don't stick.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:30 PM   #22
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I'm gonna hafta try glycerin-
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:51 PM   #23
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Our new bunkhouse had a window break in transit, and I replaced it with one overnighted from the factory. I can tell you, the process is trivial. The upper hinge is a 'Z' hinge - you just tip the window up very high, and the metal part slips in or out. Once in, go inside and connect the arms to the pre-installed brackets on the window. I took the inside screen surround out as well so I could do it and not have to re-install all of the screen material into it's channel.

Feel free to PM me if you need more guidance or anything at all!
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:06 PM   #24
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Thanks all for the replies. I am sorry others have had the same problem but am glad to know I am not alone. Thanks for the tips! I have the window sealed up with plastic and tape so I am not sure how it is connected. I ordered the new window and when it comes in I will remove the seal and see how it is connected to the frame. If it is riveted it may cost more to replace. If not I will most likely have them replace it any way as it will not be too expensive in the scheme of things.

I know there is a lot of info on the forum, youtube, and blogs but I am hoping a trip to the mother ship and a few hours could really boost my confidence.

Thanks again for all the support,
Rich
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:28 AM   #25
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tobutton, what a coincidence. We broke our bedroom window on our first trip out as well. It happened on the drive back to the dealership (we were storing it there for awhile). We never knew how it happened. Dealer initially said it wasn't covered under warranty. I called Airstream and they agreed to pay for the window as a courtesy. We had to pay for labor though, dealer charged us $100 bucks I think.

By the way, we used the credit card trick to open the windows and it didn't always work for us. Someone recommended a suction cup and it's the best little gadget we have bought for our Airstream. Works like a charm.
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