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Old 07-23-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 Winnebago Chieftain that has a side window in the bedroom. The bottom part of the window will open by turning a dial-type crank. This crank (operator)has a gear type mechanism that the shaft that is attached to the linkage to the glass frame passes through. This "operator" is made of plastic and has 2 sections which hold the gears. The plastic sections have seperated, which prevents the gears from engaging, which in turn prevents the window from closing tightly. I have obtained a new "operator", but I am not sure how to replace it.

The "opeator" has 4 small holes, but they appear to be for alignment to the base, and don't contain any screws for use in mounting. Also, the shaft has a mounting bracket on each end and I don't see any screws for mounting here either. Is everything secured with some type of epoxy or is there something I am missing? Does the entire window have to come out? Any help/guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:39 PM   #2
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I have a 2000 Winnebago Chieftain that has a side window in the bedroom. The bottom part of the window will open by turning a dial-type crank. This crank (operator)has a gear type mechanism that the shaft that is attached to the linkage to the glass frame passes through. This "operator" is made of plastic and has 2 sections which hold the gears. The plastic sections have seperated, which prevents the gears from engaging, which in turn prevents the window from closing tightly. I have obtained a new "operator", but I am not sure how to replace it.

The "opeator" has 4 small holes, but they appear to be for alignment to the base, and don't contain any screws for use in mounting. Also, the shaft has a mounting bracket on each end and I don't see any screws for mounting here either. Is everything secured with some type of epoxy or is there something I am missing? Does the entire window have to come out? Any help/guidance would be appreciated.
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LJS, first let me welcome you to iRV2. We are glad to have you join us here. It is difficult for me to picture this repair not having done this particular vehicle but may have done one similar in the past. Have you called and talked with anyone from Winnebago? Hopefully another Winnebago member that has done this can be of more help. I will add a copy of this post too the Winnebago Owners section. Good luck and let us know the proper proceeedures neccessary to replace this window regulator. Thank you.
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I understand that Atwood makes the Winnie windows. Perhaps a call to their customer service will get you fixed up:

260-463-2116 (Elkhart, Indiana).

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for your response Troth and RV Wizard. No I haven't contacted either Winnebago or Atwood yet. I thought I would see if anyone out in RV land had any experience with this type or problem first. I will let you know how this progresses along. Thanks again.
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Here is the link for Winnebago parts catalog. From the page in the link, choose your chieftan model and you can download the complete parts catalog for your unit. Hopefully the parts you need will be identified in the catalog. Another source for Winnebago parts is Lichtsinn Motors located just down the street from the factory. I have used them before for hard to find parts with great success. Reasonable prices and very friendly service. Some of the Winnebago parts are proprietary, some are not. Hopefully the information is helpful.
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Old 08-06-2006, 03:55 PM   #7
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Success!
I called Winnebago and talked to someone in the service department. He told me what I was afraid he was going to tell me--that the window frame would have to come out to get to the outside of the frame. He said the shaft mounts would be secured with C-clips on the exterior.

After talking to him, I realized the window was an egress type and I should be able to unlatch it and push it out from the bottom to gain access to the C-clips, screws, or rivets. I did this and after removing the butyl coating on one end I saw what looked like a pop rivet head. Rather than start drilling I decided I had better try and contact Atwood first.

Atwood apparently has several facilities and after numerous calls and wading through their menu selections I was connected with a support engineer's voice mail. I left him a message with a description of my problem. I then made addtional calls and was connected with a live support engineer. I attempted to explained what kind of rig I had and the type of window. However, it is sometimes hard to talk to someone who has been doing something "for 25 years." I finally said that I would take another look at it, but it didn't look like any kind of C-clip I had ever seen.

Before I could get back to the problem, Mark (Atwood engineer I left voice mail with) called and was very helpful. He said that, "looking at the print it looks like the ends of the shaft are secured with C-clips and the bottom of the operator mount is secured with 2 #20 Torx screws.

Long story short--after cleaning more butyl, I could see what had looked like rivets were in fact #20 Torx screws (one on each end of shaft), 2 on the bottom of frame for the operator mount. After removing the mount there are 2 more that hold the operator to the mount.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
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