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Old 06-17-2006, 04:29 PM   #1
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I need to repair one on the Jalousie window cranks on the side of my Boler. Think I remember seeing a post here the showed how they removed the old crank box, etc. but haven't been able to find in insearching?

I hope to do this without removing the window from the trailer but havent' figured out a way myself yet???

thank for any leads or links,
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:32 PM   #2
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I replaced mine by cutting the inside window frame with aircraft snips.....if you want to try it, here goes.....Read the whole post first!......remove the screen and the plastic trim that held the screen into place....open the window about 25% or more, remove the crank, and undo the 2 screws holding the mechanism in place.....with the snips, make a horizontal cut in the window channel as deep as the "U" is in the channel, about 1/2", and about one inch above where the centerline of the crank went thru....now carefully bend back the aluminum of the channel,both the 1" portion from the crank hole to your cut and the 1" portion from the hole to the bottom of the frame ,(no!!,...not too sharp of a bend)....if you try to bend it too sharp it could break....mine didn`t, but someone elses did....leave some radius in the bend and do it slowly....now you can slide the mechanism towards you and it`ll come off the window arms.....put in the new mechanism and replace the screws.....again "carefully bend back the pieces of channel to where they were and replace the plastic guides and screen....with the plastic trim back on, you`ll see about 1/8" of the cut and nobody will notice it unless you point it out to them.....in the original post on Bolerama that had this method, the person used a hacksaw, but then you`ll have a gap in the cut, when you bend it back, the width of the saw cut....use snips.....put the crank on and "Voila".... 15-20 minutes of beads of sweat forming on your forehead and you`re good to go....if you have to do the other side, you`ll now be a pro and it should take about 10 minutes,LOL......if you try this, good luck, and just take your time......it`s easy... .......Benny
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Old 06-18-2006, 03:41 AM   #3
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Great thanks for the response. I was thinking this might be a way but was hopefull that there was something that I jsut wasn't seeing. You think that when they made the windows that they would have left a way to replace the mechanism since it does seem to wear out... They are available at every RV place I have been to :-)

I will break out the tin snips!
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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Good idea about a removable part to have access to the mechanism....very easy to do and it wouldn`t be too obtrusive since you can only see a very small portion of the area...a thought for next time or for someone that snaps off the aluminum part inadvertently....it`s mostly covered by the plastic trim and curtains anyway.....Benny
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:22 PM   #5
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So, I'm getting ready to repair a window crank in my 1978 Trillium...and the screen frame doesn't come out! It is aluminum, and short of bending it, that screen is not coming out of the window frame. Plus, even if it did, it doesn't seem like it would cover much of the cuts in the window frame. Any suggestions on getting the screen out of a Trillium?

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Edited: never mind; I figured it out. What a pain in the rear to get that stupid crank out. I got the frame opened up but then the gearbox was RIVETED in place. Aaah! And of course I couldn't get a clear angle with the drill from any direction. Eventually I cussed it out of there

Now to figure out an aesthetically pleasing way of covering up the damage to the window frame...and the sharp edges!
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:12 PM   #6
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Hi, I`m not familiar with the Trill windows....do they have a plastic track on each side of the screen? And do the screens simply lift up and pull out at the bottom? The cuts made on the windows of the Boler are about 1/2" long and after reinstalling the gear drive and bending back the aluminum and reinserting plastic there should be about 1/8" barely visible of the slit and it shouldn`t have any sharp edges.... Benny
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:10 AM   #7
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This is a page on how I did mine:

http://bolerlife.com/crank.html

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:53 PM   #8
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I'm doing the same thing.. I can't figure out how to get the screen out! I also don't know which part to buy to replace the crank. Any help?
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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I'm doing the same thing.. I can't figure out how to get the screen out! I also don't know which part to buy to replace the crank. Any help?
Hi All: All I can think of for any parts would be a business that sells mobile homes - they may have a parts department. Also somewhere on this wedsite, some used the turn handle on the gas bottle and put it in place of the broken crank handle and put another turn handle on the crank of the ceiling fan turn handle, equals no skinned head! I hope you can understand what I just tried to explain.-Mary Lynn K.
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Hi All: All I can think of for any parts would be a business that sells mobile homes - they may have a parts department. Also somewhere on this wedsite, some used the turn handle on the gas bottle and put it in place of the broken crank handle and put another turn handle on the crank of the ceiling fan turn handle, equals no skinned head! I hope you can understand what I just tried to explain.-Mary Lynn K.
When just the crank was broken on the Scamp door (prob by someone running into it), I grabbed a 3/8" thick chunk of aluminum, drilled a slightly undersized hole in it and sorta slid/forced it over the shaft. Aluminum being soft, it gave enuff to sorta make internal splines on it. Then ran the proper size machine screw into the shaft to hold it on. Now has a small tee type low profile handle on it. If ya want to get fancy step over to the buffer, polish it, and then give it a shot of clear verathane. Looks like chrome then.... Larry
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:37 PM   #11
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hummm there's window crank stuff on this page: Window Hardware

and on page two here: Interstate Metals

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