Windows a pain to close?

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  1. Feltwell

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    Do you have windows in your van that click on 2 stays as they open outwards, and to close them you have to push them all the way open then the stays release to let them close? Do they sometimes stick and take several attempts to get the stays to release?

    A quick squirt with an aerosol of silicone lubricant in the stay mechanism takes seconds & works wonders. Unlike WD40, it's a clean lubricant that won't attract muck. Works well on the rubbers for the cab windows as well, makes them glide up & down easier, and anything else that slides.

    Readily available on Ebay or from motor factors, I *think* that what Thetford sell as "Seal Lubricant" for their toilet cassettes is just silicone lubricant, if you already have a can.
     
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    Thetford handbook only recommends vegetable oil for the seal.
     
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    Might depend on the model - Thetford certainly sell seal lubricant, there was a can in the my MH when I bought it. Seemed to be standard silicone spray lubricant as far as I can tell. I'd use it without any fear as silicone lubricant & grease is specifically sold as being safe for use with rubber components.
     
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    A particular problem with those windows is when you're parked on an aire and another MH pulls in so close that you can open the window but you can't close it again :)
     
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    but how do you fix the opposite, mine close ok, just struggle to get them to stay open
     
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    Specifically olive oil (as an alternative to their own product).
    We found a bottle of olive oil in a kitchen cupboard a few years ago that had gone out of date. It has been in the garage since then and I rub some on the seals a few times a year. Works OK.
     
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    Blimey - that really is squeezing them in!

    It's a fairly simple mechanism. It's possible that it's worn but it's more likely that it's just sticking - so again I'd try silicone spray. It's unlikely to make it worse.
     
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    ha ha .. been there.. :LOL:
     
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    waste not want not eh... :LOL:
     
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    The silicone stuff works well on most things. Definitely improves the window operations and door mechanisms
     
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    We all gotta do our bit to save the planet :LOL:
     
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    Scatter cash!!!
    More effective option would be to scuff the label (on the date) and other half will never know. Just make sure you don't eat any of the salads for a week or two, though!:whistle::whistle:
     
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    don't tell him our secrets .. :whistle:
     
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    Everybody likes to leave as much space on the hab door side as they can, and continental hab doors are on the opposite side to ours. At Mimizan-Plage we had to take it in turns with the French MH next door to close our lounge windows.
     
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    That's OK. I can't stand oily dressings on salads :LOL:
     
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    That level of overcrowding really would make me want to move on somewhere else, but then again I'm an anti-social sod who loves having a field to himself! ;)

    However, maybe I've discovered an advantage to having the hab door on the "wrong" side of our RH drive van! Or I could just turn the van round of course......

    As a yoof I used to do a bit of weekend work at a rural petrol station. It never failed to amuse me how many people would pull up with the petrol cap on the side furthest from the pump - get out, realise this, get back in, turn the car round and pull up on the opposite side of the pump, get out and only then realise that the cap was still on the furthest side from the pump......:rolleyes:
     
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    Olive Oil out of date? You must be joking.

    We've got a bottle with a best before date written in Latin!!!
     
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    I had the same windows problem on mine, moaned at the dealer about it, showing him the windows not always locking in place, when open or closing.

    He tried, windows worked EVERY time (red face) apparently, I was too fast for the mechanism to "click in" - just slow the action down a bit, and all is well.
     
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    That's true, but mine were beyond that stage! You could go as slow as you liked and they still wouldn't release.
     
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