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Old 06-01-2016, 05:28 PM   #1
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Gaps in window screens

Hi, I hope everybody is getting some good adventure on!

I bought my 25' FC FB new last fall with the intention of full-timing after retirement. I've put the trailer through it's paces and so far things are going well. Colonial Airstream did some excellent warranty work for me last fall and I thought I had caught all the 'new trailer bugs'.

Recently took the trailer for a short shake down last month. After opening the windows I noticed large gaps in the fuzzy slots for the window arms. Look at these pictures and tell me that this isn't normal! I plan on mostly boondocking and I imagine that any mosquito worthy of the name would zoom through those gaps and feast upon my tasty self like the Bumpus' dogs on the Old Man's Thanksgiving turkey.

What to do?

1. Order a bunch of new fuzzy, pull the screens and install PROPERLY.
2. Drop trailer off at JC to have this done on warranty while I run to South Dakota from Baltimore to get my driver license (or wait for it if it's a quick job).
3. Spray Permethrin on the gaps and cross my fingers (spray & pray).
4. ... Suggestions welcome!

Trying to avoid 'new bugs in the trailer' - thanks!
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:36 PM   #2
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My trailer is 25 years old and the fuzz touches side to side. You have a valid warranty claim but I am not sure I would push it because the windows would have to come out and the likely hood of additional problems is not worth it.
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JC addressed this issue on one of my fuzzy strips on our 2015. If you have an appointment, they will do it while you are there.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:14 AM   #4
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This is great - thanks for the replies!

As far as I can tell the screens are held in by the flanges with screws. Trivial matter to pop them out and glue in new fuzzy. However on closer inspection it looks like someone got slap happy with the power screw driver and over torqued the screws. The flanges are distorted in places and the front window has one corner completely stripped out.

I'd tackle it myself, but some screens may need to be replaced due to the distortions.

I'll give JC a shout and see what they say. I figure it will be awhile before I can get an appointment, being peak season and all.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:23 AM   #5
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Update on the screens

Well, I had a nice chat with Craig at Airstream. He said they were back logged through August. He asked for pictures so I took a bunch for him.

He's sending me a packet of bug fuzz (that appears to be the official name) as a one time goodwill gesture. Warranty work has to be done by Airstream techs, and given the wait and distance, this is the preferable option for me.

So once the kit arrives, I'll take a day to replace the bad sweeps. I'm taking the extra measure of dosing the fuzz with Permethrin to thwart any overachievers.

I'll document the installation when the time comes. Stay tuned!
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