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Fly at Night 06-19-2011 11:53 PM

How I Unstuck Those (Censored) Windows!
Holy Moley - there was no way I had enough strength to open those super-stuck new windows.

So, thought I'd post this for any other new owner having the same problem.

I first unlocked all the windows; I figured the natural movement of me in the trailer coupled with the temperature change from warmish days to really cool nights would loosen the seal. A couple of the windoes did release on their own accord after I did this.

For the other ones I got a plastic egg turner and gently pried the window away from the exterior seal. This was the only way I could get the other windows open.

BTW, I will be taking the egg turner with me on my travels - just in case they get really stuck again.

Hope that helps!

BIGED52 06-20-2011 12:08 AM

Sticking seals
Just thought you might want to know that a light coat of silicone spray lube onto a terry cloth towel and then wiped on the seals will prevent this from occuring in the future. Be sure to get the entire seal lightly coated. Do this a few times each season and no more stuck windows! It also helps the seals to last longer. FYI. Ed

CanoeStream 06-20-2011 06:14 AM

Lewster's advice is the recommendation that has created the longest staying power for me --

I used to use LPS-1 on a paper towel and would have to re-treat within the same camping season. It's been 14 months since I applied the DuPont Teflon Dry Lube and they're just beginning to stick again. That's a success in my book.

dkottum 06-20-2011 06:45 AM

Also check the adjustment of the locks. Some of mine came way too tight, way more than needed for weather seal, and probably contributes to the sticking. While there use a little of that lube on the cams of the locks, mine came dry and nearly impossible to move. I think the dealers should have covered this but . . .

doug k

fmr.capt.evi 06-20-2011 07:13 AM

dkottum is right; mine came from the factory way too tight, too......also, I found that clear silicone grease lasts alot longer than the spray.

dkottum 06-20-2011 08:22 AM

Yes, I used the silicone grease as well. But it only takes very light coating, so put it on during the hot of the day so it is thin. Been good for almost two years now.


Fly at Night 06-20-2011 11:38 AM

Thanks for the lube advice. But first we have to get the windows open to lube them - hence, the egg turner brain wave.

richinny 06-20-2011 12:54 PM

i've used a plastic comb or eating utensil. i find they work best with one on each lower corner and used simultaneously. it might be more of an issue in warmer climates.

Gene 06-20-2011 01:12 PM

I use a putty knife, the wider the better. A drywall knife is even wider and would work, but gets bulky to store. A plastic spatula might work, but is thicker than a putty knife. Just use it gently.

I spray the rubber seals with silicone spray each year and after a few years the windows don't stick much at all. Lewster's product sounds good; I'll go outside and ask him—he's about 25' away.

As for the latches, tight is better than loose. If there is any chance the latches will fall over, the window can break. We were 100 miles from the dealer and lost a window because neither the factory not the dealer had adjusted one latch properly and it released allowing air pressure to push the window outward until it broke.


withidl 06-20-2011 01:18 PM

Along with silicone lube I leave my windows unlatched so that the seal is not compressed. There is no problem with rain entering as the windows just hanging against the seal preclude that. I can leave my windows unlatched since my ASCL is stored in my fenced back yard and thus not very subject to entry by those who don't have my best interest in mind.

richinny 06-20-2011 01:21 PM

is that a plastic putty knife? metal on glass is beyone my comfort level. say hi to lewster!

steverino 06-20-2011 02:41 PM

That's my tool of choice. Plastic putty knife. Plastic so it doesnt make those metal-on-glass noises. Yellow, so it is easy to spot at the bottom of the drawer near the door, where it rides....

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