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Old 04-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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I ordered the rubber trim from Scamp to replace the front and rear window seals in my boler American. When I asked Scamp about the tool, they said most just use screwdrivers.

Searching the site here, I see there are a number of tools shown each slightly different. So which one is the right one?

Does anybody have one that they might want to loan or rent?

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Old 04-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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Lisle LIS47000 Windshield Locking Strip Tool : Amazon.com : Automotive
Craftsman 9-4319 Cotter Key Puller
Also about 8 Ft. of cotton clothsline and some Dawn dish soap.
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I'm cheap. I made my own from a dollar store screwdriver.

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I've replaced 4 Scamp windows using a screw driver with no problem.
I did use plenty of Armour All to lubricate the lock spline.
It was a very easy job.
Just becarefull not to stretch the spline as you're putting in.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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The Lisle tool is about $15, has 4 different size tips. It would cost near that much to ship it back & forth
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I will never do another window without one! That said I did use screw drivers butter knife and other stuff? Tool is cheep for the time it will save.
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Lisle LIS47000 Windshield Locking Strip Tool : Amazon.com : Automotive
Craftsman 9-4319 Cotter Key Puller
Also about 8 Ft. of cotton clothsline and some Dawn dish soap.
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Thanks Eddie,
What are the cotter pin puller and cotton clothesline used for? Temp seating of the seal?


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The Lisle tool is about $15, has 4 different size tips. It would cost near that much to ship it back & forth
Found it here for a little over $17 including shipping.

I agree Chris, I can always resell it or pay it forward at one of the meets. Almost looks as though you could use it to lard some meat.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:16 AM   #8
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I used a hook tool from NAPA rather than a cotter pin puller tool. The cotter pin tool I have has a sharp point, and you don't want to puncture the rubber. I used the hook tool to work the window into the rubber weatherstrip, after installing the weatherstrip into the wall opening, but this was on a Uhaul camper. We used to install truck windshields by putting the rubber on the glass, then rope around the outside of the rubber, set the windshield in place, and by pulling the rope on the inside of the cab it would set the rubber into the opening. I did not use this method on my Uhaul window, but did use dish soap as a lubricant to install the lock strip. I'm not sure exactly what rubber trim you are using so what I'm describing may not be applicable to your situation, but if it has a separate lock strip the tool and soap work good.
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The cotter pin tool, or bent #1 phillips SD like Tom made is used to pull the rubber on top of the Plexiglass when inserting it into the rubber grove. The rounded edge of the tool does not cut the rubber or chip the arcrylic.
Clothesline, after the new rubber is seated on the trailer opening I start on the left side of the rubber about 3" up and and insert the clothersline in the glass grove up and over to the same point on the right side and let the clothesline hang outside the trailer. Where the clothesline comes out the rubber groove insert the arcrylic and seat it in the bottom of the seal. Slightly apply pressure to the arcrylic at the clothesline and as you pull it out the arcrylic will seat into the groove. This works great on a straight run, on the corners you may need your cotter pin tool to coax the arcrylic into the groove. Once you finsh the second window you will get the hang of it. One person can install a window but it goes a lot eassier with two.
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I got the Lisle tool from my local auto parts store where I have an account. They didn't have it in stock, but got it in the next day. Lisle makes many different automotive tools, so an auto parts store may be an option to get one.
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Once you finsh the second window you will get the hang of it.
But I've only got two windows to do!

Thanks to all for the suggestions. FYI I plan on doing a combination. I'll buy the lockstrip tool (shipped for $17.18 total). I'll make the hook from one of the many broken or chipped screwdrivers I have lying around. Hopefully that will double as a tent stake puller for the awnings and first up.
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