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Old 05-24-2015, 12:35 AM   #1
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We brought our new coach home this afternoon. No pics yet until we remove the cleaning stuff and put a lot of "everything" away in it's place.

I do have a question. The windows are sliders and very hard to slide open. They open maybe 1/3 way and it becomes almost impossible to open them the rest of the way. Why is this? What would make it easier to slide them open? Would oil do it or just attract dirt and crud? The windows, same type sliders, in the old Dutchman Class-C slid easily.

I want to comment on the people and businesses both selling these RVs. Why are they put up for sale DIRTY? One had a bathroom so dirty that that alone nixed the sale. I would really be embarrassed to have someone come look at a dirty car or van or RV or anything I had for sale. DH and I make an extra effort that anything we sell is move-in clean. But then I don't let things ever get in the condition of some of the Class-As we looked at.

Also all those that need a lot of work yet the price is not dropped from what you see on NADA. One we looked at, a 2004 Itasca, had all broken dirty blinds, most of the shelves and the veggie bin in the bottom of the dirty fridge were missing and some kind of what looked like shredded torn electrical wires were hanging down under the slideout. We ran from that one.

It was a discouraging disappointing experience trying to find something reasonably clean with everything that worked and nothing missing.
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Amazing isn't it???!!
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:06 AM   #3
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Amazing isn't it???!!
I wouldn't want to go through it again. I told DH this is the LAST RV we're buying so he better not change his mind after a year or two.
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Make sure the tracks are clean. Else you may want to try something like Boeshield T-9 for lube. As for people/business not detailing before selling, you got me.
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Make sure the tracks are clean. Else you may want to try something like Boeshield T-9 for lube. As for people/business not detailing before selling, you got me.
The tracks are clean. Amazingly clean like they never opened the windows and just dusted the tracks. This unit was one of the rare fairly clean odorless ones. I'll look locally for the Boeshield T-9.
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Congrats on the new to you coach. We had a 1994 33' Fleetwood PaceArrow for 14 years. It was a great rv for us. Our new to us coach in my sig has had all the windows replaced due to fogging and they are a bear to open.
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i might try something like a little dw40 in the track?? I would try it sparingly on a single window that's smaller.. like the kitchen window?
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WD40 will gather dust and be a mud ball any oil product will do this. Might try a dry silicon spray. At least it will be dry. Or maybe the silicon slide spray, it is dry too.

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I had to remove the rubber track the windows slides in to clean it because it was hard to slide. Tried the dry silicone help a little. If the windows are Hehr the rubber track can be removed by lifting one end and sliding it out from under the glass. Go slow try not to pull to hard or it may break in half. I broke mine and it still works fine just makes it harder to push back under the glass. After cleaning the track the window slides easy.
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Congrats on the new to you coach. We had a 1994 33' Fleetwood PaceArrow for 14 years. It was a great rv for us. Our new to us coach in my sig has had all the windows replaced due to fogging and they are a bear to open.
Thank you. We really love it. I hope this is our last RV. Today we removed the second passenger seat and installed a cat tree in it's place for our kitties. The rest of that space will be used for a storage trunk. We'll never carry passengers so that seat was of no use. We found the RV has a solar panel on the roof to charge the battery and real tile and hardwood floors. It also has a satellite dish on the roof but we bring our portable with us. It has a backup camera also.

Our windows are single pane so no fogging, but even oiled, the same two are difficult to get opened more than 1/2 way. All the others slide open easily.
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i might try something like a little dw40 in the track?? I would try it sparingly on a single window that's smaller.. like the kitchen window?
He used something he had that's slick but not oily and isn't supposed to collect dirt. It helped a little but the problem remains. They have to be forced to open more than 1/2 way. Too much pressure needed for my arthritic hands and they're awkward to reach over the table and sofa. We can't get any leverage. There's nothing in the tracks. He checked them also. The tracks have some kind of insulating lining also that we never saw before but no foreign matter. We both like plenty of fresh air so have to solve this problem. All the other windows slide easily.

We were surprised to see a brand new pillow mattress on the bed when we removed their spread. I figured we'd have to buy a new one...
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Congrats on your motorhome.
Thank you. He's wanted a Class-A for awhile now and I have to admit I like it better than the Class-C we had.
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I had to remove the rubber track the windows slides in to clean it because it was hard to slide. Tried the dry silicone help a little. If the windows are Hehr the rubber track can be removed by lifting one end and sliding it out from under the glass. Go slow try not to pull to hard or it may break in half. I broke mine and it still works fine just makes it harder to push back under the glass. After cleaning the track the window slides easy.
There is no rubber in the tracks. It's a fuzzy type of insulating material that appears to be glued into the tracks to keep them airtight and from rattling. I don't think there is any way other then somehow scraping them out to remove them. That of course would destroy them. It's great if the windows are never opened but these are the 2 large ones on the drivers side of the rig that are needed for cross ventilation.
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