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Old 07-04-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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Shade Interference with Window Lifts

Last week at the WBCCI I rally, I posed the question, "when are you going to modify the window lifts so they don't interfere when you pull down the shades," I was told that a modification was "in process." Just FYI, that will not include all the 2017 Classics, as the two that were on display at the rally have the same stock window lifts as my '15. Every Classic owner I have talked to has had this same issue. While I really love my trailer, I've wondered from Day One why this didn't get noticed and corrected from the onset.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:00 AM   #2
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:18 PM   #3
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I find that some are worse than others....most are manageable, the worst by far is the street side emergency exit window in the bedroom.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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One of these days I am going to test cutting off about 3/8ths to a half inch of most of the stalks that the nubs secure on to. That may cure some of the annoyance. As a backup plan, replace the OEM nubs with clear silicone tubing that someone else did on the forum.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:06 PM   #5
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I used the tubing solution. Again, we are stuck with a workaround for something that should have had a factory solution. After they produced the first prototype, this should have been noted and fixed before the trailer went into production.
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We just had our 2016 Classic in Jackson Center last week and the shade/knob interference was on my list. While I mostly complained about the bedroom exit window and the three windows between the dinette and couch, the tech shaved every knob down. I didn't realize how much the problem was bothering me until it was eliminated.

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Old 07-06-2016, 11:34 PM   #7
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We just had our 2016 Classic in Jackson Center last week and the shade/knob interference was on my list. While I mostly complained about the bedroom exit window and the three windows between the dinette and couch, the tech shaved every knob down. I didn't realize how much the problem was bothering me until it was eliminated.

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Could you elaborate on what you mean by "shaved every knob down"? That could be interpreted a few different ways.
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Could you elaborate on what you mean by "shaved every knob down"? That could be interpreted a few different ways.
The point of the knob that is closest to the shade was shaved down. I can't say I remember exactly what the knob looked like before.
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I tried cutting down the size of the stock window lifts, ultimately, I gave up. As they are pressed onto the metal shafts without any kind of attaching screw, it takes a fair amount of depth for the knobs to stay on. Even cutting the lift knobs at various angles, I still couldn't get them short enough to both: a) remain on the shaft and, b) not interfere with the window shades. Shortening the steel lift shafts would have been the final option, but that looked like a hacksaw solution. The plastic tubing was a lot simpler. I'd be interested in knowing how this is finally resolved. I really like the shades, though I have had to put larger screws in the upper holding brackets for the rear window and the lower bracket for the front window. Most of you will encounter this -- unless they are using a larger/stronger screw on the '16 and '17's.
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Babs. By cutting the metal shaft that will cause a problem when you open the window fully because the plastic knob is right against the frame putting the knob closer will cause it to catch and stop you from going up all the way. I have shaved the top outer edge back with a dremmel and have had good results with that. I am still perfecting that and am close but with the bad internet I can't get pictures posted good so will have to wait on that. Think when I get out of the park and find another classic I will post side by side pictures. Right now I am busy fixing my electrical problems and the awning still
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From what I've seen, to properly fix the problem one would need to Dremel off about a half an inch of the metal shaft and about 3/8ths of an inch on the back end of the knobs.

I'll eventually get around to it on a rainy day.
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Before you cut the shaft, be sure you lift the window to the top holding position. You may find that if you cut the shaft any shorter it may not be long enough to extend the window to its full open position.
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Ya BAB, my measurements take that into account. I will double check though before each cut.
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Most of ours are troublesome. Some worse than others. We've noticed that not just the window lift interfere but also the lock knobs interfere with the day shade so that it is a bear to get them up without twisting it around the lock knobs.
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