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Old 05-03-2021, 09:00 PM   #1
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Wiper Blade Tennis Balls??

My wiper blades no longer flex and will wipe in only one direction. Possibly because the rubber has developed a memory from sitting idle. I noticed some people place a tennis ball under the wiper arm to keep the blade off the glass when parked. Is this the reason for the tennis ball?

I have often wondered if using tennis balls long term would decrease the spring tension that keeps the blades against the glass.

So, are using tennis balls a good thing or not?

I would appreciate your comments

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You can buy wiper protectors. They slip on easily and lift the wiper off the windshield. I’ve been using them for years.
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:36 PM   #3
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Wiper Protectors? What do they look like and where do you purchase them?
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:56 PM   #4
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Wiper Protectors? What do they look like and where do you purchase them?
Take a look here.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3ZLN2I...del3ownersc-20

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Old 05-03-2021, 10:33 PM   #5
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Anything to lift the wipers will help but the heat and sun will eventually harden the rubber/synthetic material and cause this. I just change wipers mote frequently.
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:32 AM   #6
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I use tennis balls to lift the wipers off of the windshield and use covers on the wipers to keep them from dry rotting. Check this link at camping world.https://www.campingworld.com/class-a...ssories-covers
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I use 3/4" pipe insulation. Cut to length, slide it over the blade. Keeps the blade off the glass and protects from the sun.
Just don't forget to remove them before you drive off.
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I saw a video a few weeks back where it is suggested to take the wipers off and soak the rubber in 303 for a hour or so. Suggests it revitalizes the rubber. I have not tried it but seems plausible.
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We use swimming pool noodles from Walmart, I think a buck or two cost. I used a utility knife to put a slit all of the way along it to slide on the wiper. They come in bright colors so they are quite noticeable on the wipers before departure.

Doubtful that they will last decades but they should last "a while".
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When full timing I just removed blades except for days we traveled. Pretty easy to do and costs nothing. Don’t over think it. Safe travels


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I always take mine off also when not using the coach.I put some protecting for rubber on the blades,and store in the garage.
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Most economical/logical solution. Most big box stores carry these in small quantities of 4+-. Cut to length, slide on each wiper, replace every 1-2 yrs. You can also tree the rubber blade of each wiper with a cloth wet with white vinegar or spray with 303 Protectorant available on/at Amazon/Walmart.




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I use 3/4" pipe insulation. Cut to length, slide it over the blade. Keeps the blade off the glass and protects from the sun.
Just don't forget to remove them before you drive off.
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The Camco wiper protectors are a great idea but won't work on the 2017 Dutch Star because the arm is directly over the wiper blade.
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Old 05-04-2021, 03:33 PM   #14
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I use tennis balls under the arms (I seem to find a couple a year when I’m walking!) but I also use wiper covers to block the sun. My blades seem to last about forever but I usually replace them every 3 or 4 years anyway.
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