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Old 11-14-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Rattling Windows

We just purchased a 24S and are out on our first trip. The front window above the dinette rattles quite a bit. I sat there and watched it flex in the wind. It does not matter how tight you close the window it still flaps in the wind. I believe it is then hitting the metal strip separating the two windows. Other windows do this on my unit, but this one is especially loud. I did put some additional insulation directly around the window and this helps. It appears to me the glass is too thin. Anyone else having this problem? I imagine Forest River will fix, but I would like to have some information before I get a chance to visit a dealer. I do not really have anyone closer than an 1.5 hours to my home.

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Old 11-15-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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That is a problem with these frameless windows. Depends on the wind direction, but yes, when you are traveling it can sound pretty bad. Not much to do about it that I have found. You do get used to it. Just know your RV is not going to be a quite ride like your car.

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Old 11-15-2013, 10:18 AM   #3
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I was in one a while back. Customer had one rattling so they replaced the window. She said it was still rattling. I happened to be at the dealership so we took it for a test drive...I could get it to rattle if I loosened it up a bit, but once I tightened it down the rattle stopped. I just wonder if allowed to rattle (when loose), does that loosen it up enough that it still rattles even when tight????? This was a new window so I wonder if tightening it was the solution.

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Old 11-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #4
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I hear what you are saying. I thought at first surely it was not snugged up. I let my wife drive to visually inspect it for myself. It flexes enough so that you can see daylight in the middle portion of the window. It makes a really annoying tapping sound which must be because of the metal strip that divides the windows. I put a strip of adhesive foam directly attached to the glass the best I could without removing the window and this pretty much stops the rattling, but the window still flexes quite a bit. It sure seems that thicker glass is in order. Because I could not get the foam seal all the way around we now to have to air leak, but at least the rattling is gone. I know there are always going to be minor things that need tweaking, but this seems more of a quality/engineering issue? Later this week while traveling I may try to post some video. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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I have a 2014 24R and have not had any issues with the widows rattling to date. Just completed an 800 mile trip. I do get a little rattle from the slide out awning that could be confused with coming from the windows. Not saying that might be your source as you have seen the flexing.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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We have noticed this with our 24 S it comes and goes depending on wind conditions. But as said earlier you get use to it.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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We also have this issue with our 2013 24R. It is depending on cross winds and passing semi's. All you can do is tighten up the best you can.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #8
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Rattling windows

Mine also rattled. The one over the sink. My windows are not the flush ones. Turned out it was the plastic bottom of the window shade tattling against the window.

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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I haven't noticed the windows rattling but I do have a wicked rattle in the screen door or at least I assumed it was the screen door. Our rig is put away for the winter (unless we find a compelling reason to uncover it) so I'll try to remember to look at the kitchen window the next time we have it out.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #10
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Regarding the screen door rattle issue. I noticed on mine that one of the clear cone shaped stoppers that are adhered to the door, was about to fall off. I applied a blob of good silicone caulk to re-attach it at the most useful position on the door. It reduced the noise but did not entirely eliminate that rattle issue.

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