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Old 05-05-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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Almost lost front window side "moulding"

We were headed East on I-30 when I heard the sound of a Jake Brake, or so I thought. There was an 18 wheeler coming up from behind, and passing. Well, it wasn't a Jake Brake. The 18 wheeler passed and all of a sudden that rat-a-tat-tat sound was back. I pulled over and when I looked the molding on the driver side that runs from the bottom of the window to the top was hanging on only by the bottom screw. The other two had worked loose and when the wind hit the molding it made the sound. Fortunately the screw were still in the plastic holes. I was able to screw them back in, then I checked and tightened the other side molding.

So, if you have a window with the vertical side molding, check gently to see if they are tight. I pulled all mine out and put Blue Loctite on the screws.
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I had a similar problem, only it was because the windshield replacement company wasn't very professional.

Using my Insurance company's repair shop to install the replacement windshield was easy. It was three blocks away. When I picked the rig up after the service was completed, I drove it around the circle of our town. $ lanes, 55 mph in places, and everything seemed fine.

Our first trip with the new glass, I didn't make it out of town, and the passenger side trim did the exact thing you described. Sounded just like a loud "jake brake."

The worst thing was that the repair facility did not reinstall the trim properly, lost one screw, replaced it with a shorter screw, and then covered the head of the screw with the black urethane to hide the fact that they put a different type screw.

The replacement screw was too short, so the tech added more urethane to the back side of the trim piece to hold the screw in place, and give the appearance that the screw was in properly.

Oh yeah, it was raining when this came apart, and I was in a parking lot on a ladder, in the rain. Luckily, I keep some hardware on-board, and had a perfect replacement sized screw for the ones that wallowed out while flapping in the breeze.
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I'd be stomping at the repair shop's door. The trim on my coach was off 4 years ago for some work. I really can't blame the tech to much after that length of time.

Now. after Blue Loctite, I have to figure how to inspect it without moving the screw.
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I'd be stomping at the repair shop's door. The trim on my coach was off 4 years ago for some work. I really can't blame the tech to much after that length of time.

Now. after Blue Loctite, I have to figure how to inspect it without moving the screw.
Glad to see that you are on the road, Wayne. Your experience is a lesson to us all. Considering all of the shaking these rigs experience, and TX roads are built to test the tightest screws, it is a good idea to make this an annual routine.
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