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Old 03-22-2023, 11:14 AM   #1
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Wiper Blades

My coach has the AM wiper hardware which takes a blade with a screw hole to attach it, no normal J hook. The AM blades I put on hasn't lasted a year and they aren't cheap.
What blades is everyone using?
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See my post at https://www.irv2.com/forums/f112/wip...ml#post6313060 for the ones I use on my '03.
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Old 03-23-2023, 09:37 AM   #3
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My coach has the AM wiper hardware which takes a blade with a screw hole to attach it, no normal J hook. The AM blades I put on hasn't lasted a year and they aren't cheap.
What blades is everyone using?
Don,

These are said to be very high quality blades for your motorhome.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/tru-v...-p/23-6333.htm

This is the application catalog.

https://pubhtml5.com/zril/tqri/

The weather reports indicate you will get a lot of opportunity to test them on the way home.

Travel safely. Bill
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Old 03-23-2023, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Bill, just what I wanted to hear. Headed home on the 6th.
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Old 03-23-2023, 10:28 AM   #5
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I bought just the rubber inserts for mine. Just measure the length and width. Took about 30 minutes to insert the new rubber. Much much cheaper than purchasing the entire wiper.
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While I have a different rig, it has similar, if not the same arms, and I have been able to get regular "universal" blades to work.

The common blades have a hole in right place that the bolt fits through, but in order to mount it, you need to install the blade upside down. Prior to installation, I need to shave a couple of tiny plastic ridges that are around the bolt holes (my pocket knife works). You'll see the ridges in this photo. On my arms the main part of the existing adapter faces down. Neither of the two loose pieces in the photo are used.

I did have to very slightly, and carefully, bend the wiper arm U- bracket open a tiny bit so the blade can fit. It was only a small amount, and once done, doesn't need to be done again. I haven't had to buy the original, expensive blades in years. Now I can get replacements anywhere. The nuts on the arm's bolts don't thread on as far as they originally did, so the nylock part of the nut isn't engaged as much, I now put a tiny dab of blue loctite on the threads. It holds the nuts on, and isn't hard to remove them when I change the blades. Picking up a couple longer bolts/screws would work too. It might sound like a jury-rigged set-up, but in reality it has worked great for years now, and I never have to worry about where I'm going to get replacement blades. I doubt a single person has ever noticed my blades aren't factory. Yes, I need to take about 3 extra minutes to install them because I need to shave off the ridges, but it's well worth the savings and hassle of using the original blades.

FYI - These are Rain-X blades.
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Old 03-23-2023, 12:35 PM   #7
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My coach has the AM wiper hardware which takes a blade with a screw hole to attach it, no normal J hook. The AM blades I put on hasn't lasted a year and they aren't cheap.
What blades is everyone using?
There's another ongoing thread about this, but I use the ones from Fleet Pride. Reasonable prices and the first set lasted 2 years.
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I went to Napa with the old blades and they had a replacement that works great. Not cheap but have lasted 5 years and then some.
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Old 03-28-2023, 02:38 PM   #9
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Don,

These are said to be very high quality blades for your motorhome.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/tru-v...-p/23-6333.htm

This is the application catalog.

https://pubhtml5.com/zril/tqri/

The weather reports indicate you will get a lot of opportunity to test them on the way home.

Travel safely. Bill
This catalog shows WT6-26, 26" for 2002-2004 Lexa. The AM Catalog (manufacturer of tje wiper systems) shows 26" for 2002 Lexa but 32" for 2003. No 2004 listing. Lexa shows 32” blades and has double arms from AM. I'm pretty sure mine seems longer than 26" but I'll have to measure it, I can't remember the size I used last time I replaced. But a 6" different bladesize is a big difference...

https://www.amequipment.com/rv-replacement-parts-guide

https://www.amequipment.com/shop/sta...rl?rq=352-0428

I get poor coverage and the blades sometimes ‘slowly ‘pivot’ on the saddle w my double arms, so was thinking of replacing arm assemblies.

Q1: I assume these double arms are on a single motor and there’s an internal gear to drive two spindles?

Q2:
My wipers (esp pass side but occasionally drivers) will “pause” on one end of travel, for a few extra seconds, so the two will get out of sync. Most noticeable when on intermittent but it’s happened while on starting up on normal (non-intermittent, non-fast wipe) speed also. Also happens more regularly when wipers are first started, after things ‘warm up’ tends to go away.

Is this likely bad motor(s) or something else, perhaps w my signal from my smartwheel. Motors $132 each and I don’t expect they’d be easy to get at to replace.

I called AM and they said "we're just a manufacturer, we don't diagnose problems". I guess I can replace the blades and wait till it rains and see if it's just sticky blades etc., since it's been a few years I clearly need to replace them anyways.
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I’ve had success with these from Amazon on an 08 Magna. But don’t disagree with just replacing rubber insert if you can find fit. Like you, i only paid for AM replacements once!

32" Heavy Duty Windshield Wiper Blade Pair with Wide Saddle Mount for Motorhome, Recreational Vehicle RV and bus with 2 Rubber Refills (Set of 2 Wipers and 2 Refills) RW32SM-2R https://a.co/d/5SyjabH
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Has anyone sourced the rubber boots?

Thanks! I needed a new washer bottle (crack partway up) and the dual-pivot arms are going wonky, so I ordered new arms and blades from AM along w washer bottle, so I'll have all new kit.

Then I'll go w replacement blades but I'll start factory fresh, to go along w my new projector headlights and replacement turn signals, so at least the front of the coach will be looking good!

One thing I couldn't find at AM or anywhere else I checked is the rubber boots. All four of mine are in poor shape.

Has anyone sourced these?
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