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Old 08-24-2016, 10:40 AM   #1219
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I did this to my cover and it works great. Posted it a while back, but this thing is way too long to search. This lifts it and gives more clearance. It also quiets it and keeps you from having to move it. I put felt pads in back of the jack head that it rests against. The rubber (actually rubber feet from Amazon) are stepped in the front to go over the jack pad. Cuts easily with a back saw. Stuck on with 30# tape.
renderit, thanks for the idea and photos. I'm bring Blue home today to do some work and will keep your method in mind. My cover hangs from cross bar at the top that also holds the regulator so doesn't rest on the frame itself but maybe the spacers could help.

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Old 09-02-2016, 10:24 PM   #1220
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Well, went to pick up the 2014, had some issues. I have several questions, will start with this one, does anyone else have issues opening the windows over the dinette?
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:33 PM   #1221
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Well, went to pick up the 2014, had some issues. I have several questions, will start with this one, does anyone else have issues opening the windows over the dinette?
Yes! You must lube them with a silicone product (search threads). Prior to that, we would have 1 person lift latches and one person outside lifting an edge.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:39 AM   #1222
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Using a credit card to carefully, gently, and slowly separate the seal from the glass edge is one trick I have used. Don't use metal. One nick on the edge of a tempered glass pane will make it instantly shatter.


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Old 09-03-2016, 03:02 AM   #1223
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Great that you picked up the trailer, idahodian, and welcome once again to the forum!

Sticky windows is one temporary issue of many to come, and it is easily solvable, as you probably realize after reading this entire thread. We have all been there.

Our trailers are works in progress, and do require continuing "adjustments" to get them right. After you use the windows a bit, this will not be an issue. It is just that the rubber weatherstripping has a certain stickiness from the factory, which will fade in time.

Ditto to using a credit card, or other thin plastic device to raise one corner on the outside, after which the remaining edges will be easy to release (working from the free corner). I have a plastic glazier's windshield tool like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Chisel-Windsh...=glaziers+tool

Your owner's manual has advice on what to use on the weatherstripping to prevent sticking. My dealer said not to use silicon FWIW. These 303 Protectant wipes are very handy to use, and light to store in our small FC20's. Plus it can't spill like the liquid version can:

https://www.amazon.com/303-30381-Aut...otectant+wipes

The owner's manual is also available online. Please advise if you would like links to get there. The manual is not particularly well-written, nor entirely complete, but there is more info. in there than most folks realize IMO. With the forum being so easy to access, many simply forget to the read the manual!

Welcome to a new exciting world of fine-tuning a great investment, your new Flying Cloud 20' -- the best Airstream in the line up, at least in our opinion! [for our intended use that is]

Happy Trails,

Peter

PS -- Regarding the advice on this forum, in general, you will get the full range of advice, from the worst to the best, and the hardest part is often to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are various ways to search for answers, some good, and some frustrating. See Post #9 in the following thread (Site Navigation for Newbies -- in the site admin sub-forum) for more guidance:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...es-145169.html

In that Site Admin sub-forum, you can also start a new thread if you have questions for the admins and moderators, and they will reply in fairly short time usually. I had problems attaching photos to posts, and the mods were very helpful, even though I was a newcomer at the time last fall.

PS2 -- Feel free to ask questions here, as personally I do not like the Private Message [PM] function here. We have found a pretty agreeable middle path [IMO!] for keeping things on-topic, although some might disagree.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:49 AM   #1224
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PS2 -- [ran out of edit time before]

As a broad brush overview, and in my personal opinion, Airstream trailers are designed to be used actively, and all systems will work best by being used often. This includes:

-- window weatherstripping
-- fresh water tank and plumbing
-- batteries and charger/converter
-- ventilation and mold/mildew control esp. in winter storage
-- tires and suspension
-- etc.

Trailers that sit around a lot, and owners who expect to "set it and forget it," only lead to hiccups and disappointment, which are easily avoided with careful and conscious attention to detail. [edit -- and use!]

Getting a little long-winded and preachy here maybe, so two high points to focus on next would be battery management, and using an inline water filter and new potable water hose to fill your tank and/or hook up to city water. Search Amazon for Camco RV water filter and the little blue ones will pop up.

Have fun!

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Old 09-06-2016, 09:57 PM   #1225
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So, I picked up my trailer in Boise, Wednesday,spent the night in an RV park there to check it out. Had a nice evening, my son came over to check my new digs out and have dinner, everything was great. I never unhooked the trailer because I was heading out first thing Thursday to head home before all of the Labor Day traffic. Planned to head out tomorrow for my first camping trip. Well about 60 miles outside of Boise the passenger side tire blew out. Received the repair estimate today and it is just under $1,000. Needless to say I am calling them in the morning to say I want the 16" wheels and the Michelin LT tires.
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:48 AM   #1226
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So sorry to hear this -- a pretty steep learning curve right out of the gate! Glad the damage was not worse, and that you were not injured. Do you know what your speed was at the time? I hope you can get the new wheels and tires quickly, and be on your way. Please keep us apprised.

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PS -- I hope you took photos of the damage, and will be able to post them here some day down the road. In theory the tires are warrantied (by the manufacturer and not Airstream?), so I hope you can eventually get some reimbursement for this. Maybe your auto/trailer insurance will cover some of the body work, depending on deductible I guess. Yikes, a wake up call for us too . . .
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:15 AM   #1227
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So sorry to hear about the mishap! It sounds like you are safe, though, and that is what counts at the end of the day.

If you can post pics, details about brand, age of the tire etc...that would be great.

I hope it all works out positively for you.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:11 AM   #1228
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I really had no issues controlling the trailer to side of the interstate. Only the trim around the wheel well on the exterior was damaged. My concern was when the tire guy took off the tire I could see damage to the wheel well and the brackets holding a couple of hoses had been stripped off. My concern was that the hoses, one of which I think is a propane hose had been damaged. The repair estimate that I received included replacing the wheel well encasement and the propane hose. I have asked that the dealer cover the cost of two new tires since it is clear at least one tire was defective when I bought the trailer. As I said before I want the wheels and tires replaced with 16" ones. I was going to do that anyway in the spring, I do think the dealer should pay for tire replacements.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:38 AM   #1229
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Thanks for the additional details. Glad you were able to maintain control. What kind of weight distribution hitch ["WD"] do you have, and does your tow vehicle have its own built-in sway control? Knowing these would help the rest of us assess our WD etc. setups.

Would it be possible for you to post the DOT date of manufacture information from your tires (both if they are different)? You, Bob [CruizinDux], and we have the same 2014 model year I believe, and it could be very important to know if our GYM tires were from the same batch. There may actually be a serial number on our tires, but I am not sure about that. For your own records, taking a photo of the DOT info. tire stamps might be a good idea?

Date of mfg. info:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...160811155954:s

Yes, also a good idea to have the propane lines etc. checked out.

Thanks, and once again, glad you are OK and that the damage is relatively minor.

Peter

PS -- I guess it wouldn't hurt to know the last 5 digits of your VIN from the plate on the front left corner I believe. When it gets light out I will post ours. Thanks.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:23 AM   #1230
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Bob, if you want to compare our VIN numbers please post your last 5, and tire date of mfg. -- as will I. If our GYM tires might be from the same batch I will get ours done ASAP.

We compared our VINs a while ago during the disco light show discussion, I think, but I will do it again later.

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Old 09-08-2016, 06:56 AM   #1231
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GYM tire date of mfg. is 2713, or the 27th week of 2013.

From sticker on street side lower corner near front:
AS date of mfg. -- April 2014.
Last 5 of VIN -- 30691.

Curious to know how close these are to yours Bob and idahodian, and anyone else with a 2014 FC20.

Thanks,

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PS -- FYI this Bambi Blow Out thread has some good info. in it incl. insurance issues:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ut-155074.html
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Bob, if you want to compare our VIN numbers please post your last 5, and tire date of mfg. -- as will I. If our GYM tires might be from the same batch I will get ours done ASAP.

We compared our VINs a while ago during the disco light show discussion, I think, but I will do it again later.

Thanks,

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Peter -- Not sure if you are considering moving up to 16", but I was going to kick out there that when I upgraded my spare in March there was a national shortage of the specific 16" Sendel that I needed (I think it's the T03-66655T). It took over a month to get the wheel in. Knowing that inventory problems are possible -- although probably unlikely to happen again -- if I was to do that upgrade over I'd consider shopping for the wheels as soon as possible possible, then buying the tires whenever that made sense. The tires are very common, but are most of the cost of the upgrade to 16".
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