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Old 03-26-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Problem with 1998 Dutch Star side windows

We are new to this forum but have had several motorhomes through out the years. My wife says I buy then so I have something to work on(...love anything with a motor). After I finished a "project" then it usually gets sold and I say I am not going to do it again. But here I am looking at another Class A motorhome, a diesel this time round. We came across two 1998 Dutch Stars that were possibilities. However something we encountered in them (not only one but both)is a problem with the windows. We are not too sure what causes the problem nor how to go about fixing it. It looks like the rubber seals on bottom of the side windows are "melting" with black wavy smears streaking outwards and upwards sticking to the window. In one couch one side was worst that the other and effected both the living area and bedroom area. In the 2nd couch it was bedroom windows on both sides. The windshield was not effected. Could not see any signs of obvious leakage. Has any one encountered a similar problem in a motorhome? Don't know how easy it would be to clean the "gunk" off the window and how badly the seal is affected? Though I do enjoy working on motorhomes I don't want to have to take out the windows and replace all the seals. What is causing such a problem?
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I think I have one window with a slight sign of what you describe. Any chance you could post a picture , or are the coaches away from your location?
I'd cleaned an area like this with a razor blade and brake parts cleaner. ( spray alcohol )
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The windows were probably cleaned often with cleaners that contain ammonia. Eventually it desolves the rubber. Other cleaners can affect rubber too.
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In hindsight should have taken pictures but since we were not going to buy them did not bother. (Though I can see potential in some motorhomes we look at, wife is extremely picky). I would have used you suggestion about cleaning the windows but then would still worry about the integrity of the seal.

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I think I have one window with a slight sign of what you describe. Any chance you could post a picture , or are the coaches away from your location?
I'd cleaned an area like this with a razor blade and brake parts cleaner. ( spray alcohol )
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