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Old 07-12-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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The sliding side windows in my Campster are hard to slide. There is fuzzy weather-stripping in the channels (the kind you have on a car window.) Any ideas how to clean them up so the windows open and close easily?

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Old 07-13-2007, 09:00 AM   #2
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Soap and water (carefully), when dry.. then some non-dust collecting lubricant in the track.

I used a toothbrush to clean the windows in my Scamp. Don't forget to use weed wacker trimmer line to clean the weep holes so water doesn't pool in the tracks.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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Aha, the old suggestion. That's mostly what I recalled. I hope I can get them moving again.
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After you clean the tracks Spray some silicone lubricant spray on a rag and wipe it on. I don't suggest spraying directly because if you ever want to paint that area where the over spray lands its going to make trouble for you.
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I bought some spray lubricant that has a straw for directing the spray. That should help once I get the tracks loosened again.
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You can actually remove the lower rubber channel by sliding the window part way and then lift one end of the channel out and pull it out. Sliding the glass back and forth may help. It can come out either way (left or right). Then the sliding glass drops down into the aluminum frame and you tilt it out. That exposes the window frame channel and lets you really clean it, and the weep holes. Then you can take that rubber channel with fuzzy surface and wash it in a bucket of suds and brush any dirt and sand* out. Put the glass back in, hold it up and slide the channel back in place underneath. You will need to push out the outside rubber seal lip a little to make it easier. It seemed hard the first time, but after I figured out how those things are put together, it was a snap. I am not sure if lubricating the channel is a good idea. (This is for Hehr windows, but they all must be similar.)
*)If there is any sand in the fuzz of the rubber channel, sliding the window may sound like fingernails on a chalkboard - awful. We old ones know what that was like!
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The window won't slide at all.

It also violates my cardinal rule- if I had to stop in the middle of the job it would render the trailer unusable.
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Then I would try Donna's suggestion. That should not cause any problems, soapy water is harmless. I agree that you do not want to start a job that would render the camper unusable. Those jobs are for off-season.
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