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Old 04-11-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Getting Those Windows Open - Tool?

The windows on my 2012 FC sure are nice. And very hard to open too! So far, we can really only do it from the outside. I have never managed enough strength and leverage to open them from the inside. One, the stick to the rubber no matter what I put on the rubber. Two, the lever doesn't provide much leverage.

I pry them up from the outside, but that's a bit inconvenient. I am thinking of this: Drill a 3/16" hole in the screen frame right about on line with the latch handle. Then, by inserting a 1/8" dia. x 6" long T-handle dowel, I could push the bottom of the window from the inside enough to allow the levers to gain some leverage.


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Old 04-11-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Silicone spray has always worked well for me. Sometimes after winter storage they are stuck. Once freed up they work all summer. I have also heard that a coat of wax on the seal works but I haven't tried it.
Be careful if they are stuck. Not sure how much leverage the glass can stand before it breaks.

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #3
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Had the same issues with opening (and latching) our 2008 windows. Nothing silicon spray, two people, 5 years and a little latch maneuvering won't cure. I would resist drilling holes - at a minimum time will help cure and I am sure others will contribute better solutions than what I have offered up.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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This came up and Tire Talc is suppose to be the solution. Don't have any Tire Talc around use good old Baby Talc or Shower to Shower and it smells better. The dealer told me olive oil so if the Talc doesn't work I am going to spray the gasket with Olive Oil Pam. My little handles on the levers turned and would come off, the set screws were missing. I purchased set screes and they pushed out the brass casing out of the handle. Solution 5 minute epoxy. Remind me again how much I paid for this trailer.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:43 PM   #5

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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I tried olive oil - no worky.
I tried WD40 - no worky
I tried a silicon spray lube - no worky.

A little bit of sun for a few days and those windows are glued to the rubber.

I don't think the small hole would be trouble. After all, the screen has a million holes.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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Graphite spray...available at your favorite locksmith or auto/ home store.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #8
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I've had excellent experience with DuPont teflon spray after getting this advice from a high source -- lewster --

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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Mr. Dave Schumann in the March 2013 WBCCI issue recommends the "303 Aerospace Protectant" product.
Read his article on this hyperlink:

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:06 PM   #10
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I gently worked and slid an old credit card around the lower half of the window between the glass and the gasket. After the window opened, I used Silcone spray to lube the gasket.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:40 PM   #11
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Tire talc, used it 3 years ago, windows have opened ever since.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:44 PM   #12
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Dupont teflon spray and Aerospace 303 protectant are two very good products. I use the 303 on all the rubber gaskets and my windows don't give me any trouble.

The stabilizers were very squeaky and difficult to raise and lower. I tried WD 40 and then some silicon spray. Nothing seemed to last until I read on the forum about the teflon spray. I picked up a can at the local HD and it took care of the jacks and everything else that moves and is not supposed to squeak.

I would second the comment made about NOT drilling holes in things. This would be asking for one of those unintended consequences kind of thing.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:08 PM   #13
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Mine would stick because the latch assembly was adjusted too tight on my 2007 Airstream. Loosened the adjustment so the glass snugged against the glass just enough to keep water out, then applied silicon grease or "Aerospace Protectant 303" on the seals.

That does the trick but needs retreating occasionally, as the lube products seem to dry up.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:36 AM   #14
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Great stuff fellas! Ok, that might handle the lube question, but are you all able to open these from INSIDE? One person or two? LOL

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