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Old 08-04-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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Plastic Wind Deflector Replacement

I have a 2001 38FDDS with the front door entry. The Plastic wind deflector that is on the hinge side of the door that protrudes out has taken a beating. Does anybody know where to get a replacment part for that and its "official" name?

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Old 08-05-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
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Even if you can find the material you have to remove the door to install it. Not a job for the faint of heart. Not sure that strip does much anyway. I just learned to live with all those dings, along with all the other minor Alpine issues.

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:37 AM   #3
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You have the same opinion as me, figured that IF I had the part that I might feel inclined to remove the 200 +/- screws out of the hinge. Jay.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:53 AM   #4
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Later model years use a strip of aluminum, which holds up pretty well.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:44 PM   #5
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The company is PTL. Their #: 800-664-2310

Hope this help. BTW, I had mine replaced a couple of months ago. One of the places where it was broken was allowing air through causing the wood over the pillar next to the door frame to seperate from it's anchor.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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When I fixed my door hold mechanism, I called PTL and was informed that WRV had stiffed them over 16K, so they had voided any warranty on the alpine coaches. I completely understood that position. I paid for the part, they shipped for free. 1/3 of the screws I took out were over torque and the heads just stripped off when I tried to take them out. So be careful when taking out this door, seems to me some of them were different lengths as well. Good Luck
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I have a new wind deflector from WRV, had thoughts of putting it on our mid door, maybe it will work for you. I also have a roll of hypolon (sp?) tape from PTL that was used on our coach and I presume the later model coaches. (We have a mid door with no wind deflector). The tape wraps around the exposed edge of the hinge to protect it from adverse weather.

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For what it's worth - Tiffin uses the same plastic deflector. I've had to replace mine too and it's no fun. I put lots of blue masking tape on the paint next to the deflector then removed a ton of screws to pry open the front frame of the door, then used a putty knife to removce the old deflector. You should be able to get one at any Tiffin dealer if you are ever in the neighborhood of one.

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