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Message posted by chutney1967 on 29/6/2007 at 9:26pm
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just bought our second hand caravan (ebay) and all the windows feel like they are super glued down. I falsed the smallest window open and loads of the seal broke off! HELP! any ideas on how to open them without that happening to ALL of them??

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Message posted by michael on 29/6/2007 at 9:36pm
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WD40 comes to mind,sprayed from the inside and wait for it to soak in,when open wipe clean and add talc powder.



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Grey rubbers no doubt?, not easy sometimes to get them to part company with the window. Thing is you are going to have to change them all for black rubber, the grey was a big mistake

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oh my goodness! we bought the caravan at the top end of our budget, please tell me they are not going to be stuck down forever? and would you know if this would be costly to have done? and yes they are GREY!!!

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It's certainly costly to have done but one at a time you can DIY and spread the cost over as long as you want. I think the rubber is about 7 a metre to buy, all you really need then is a decent staple gun.

In the mean time you can try and ease them apart, perhaps WD40 will get between and let them separate? Once apart a smear of silicone grease will stop them sticking again until they can be replaced

I would have thought one or two of the fix it club would have been on with a solution...are they all away??


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You may be right Gary.......we are away sometimes...........or is it that the fixed it club that have not had a problem with grey seals, as they are installed on relatively new caravans!!

I did have a slight problem with one window on my 'van (with black seals) which might have never been opened.  A skoot of WD40 did the trick, but only after I had left it overnight to penetrate.  I then pushed a plastic spatula between the rubber and the window at the top (in case it damages the rubber....less likely to leak up there) and slowly worked it round.  Once it started to let go, it worked round relitively easily.

Hope this helps,

 

 



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Quote: Originally posted by arc systems on 30/6/2007

It's certainly costly to have done but one at a time you can DIY and spread the cost over as long as you want. I think the rubber is about 7 a metre to buy, all you really need then is a decent staple gun.

In the mean time you can try and ease them apart, perhaps WD40 will get between and let them separate? Once apart a smear of silicone grease will stop them sticking again until they can be replaced

I would have thought one or two of the fix it club would have been on with a solution...are they all away??


Diy is best way to go, a lot cheaper and you can do a better job than most caravan centres will do as you will be able to take your time.

Lidls occasionally have a silicon spray in stock which is similair to WD40, Marc1 used to borrow mine for his drivers window on the car that used to stick now and again, on the rubber it lasted a good couple of months, I would imagine on caravan windows it will last a lot longer as they are not getting any friction like car windows do.

Quite possible been out fixing as its the weekend! Have a look through their websites, several have resealed windows after doing other work and they have detailed instructions in pictures on their websites. The 'Fixed It' Club Members Directory.



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Quote: Originally posted by caradad on 30/6/2007

You may be right Gary.......we are away sometimes...........or is it that the fixed it club that have not had a problem with grey seals, as they are installed on relatively new caravans!!

I did have a slight problem with one window on my 'van (with black seals) which might have never been opened.  A skoot of WD40 did the trick, but only after I had left it overnight to penetrate.  I then pushed a plastic spatula between the rubber and the window at the top (in case it damages the rubber....less likely to leak up there) and slowly worked it round.  Once it started to let go, it worked round relitively easily.

Hope this helps,


Never too far away when you need them! Nice one Caradad!

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thanks everyone, will try the suggested method of wd40 and spatula. i'll have a go myself at replacing the seals with black rubber ones (one at a time i think), but do you know where you buy them from please?

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www.sealsdirect.co.uk   there you go

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Friend had same trouble with all 'grey' windows & had them all replaced on site, cost just over 200

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hi dixc, thanks for telling me that, but when you say they were replaced on site what do you mean?? and was that price fairly recently? i think i will have to live with windows closed til next year so i will have time to save up some money for it. hope we don't have a heat wave???!!!

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It was in Essex & fitter came to where van was stored. Took best part of day on a Challenger, friends thought a good price & problem resolved

 


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Hi

i have just purchased 16 mtrs of 27mm pre loaded window rubber. got it for 79.50  off ebay.hope to fit tomorrow.


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I've never had the problem this seriously myself but; I would never reccomend WD40 on rubber seals, it will melt the rubber. Try diluted washing up liquid first, with warm water and a plstic spatula. Try it before you try the WD40 please!! Patient work with a spatula will be much less likely to rip the rubbers.

 

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