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Old 03-16-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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Wipers

Interesting article in Motorhome Magazine this month, (recommend you get a subscription if you don't already have one), regarding the best replacement wiper blades for when you need to replace them.

For 2013 rigs not an issue, iffy for 2012, but with a 2011 something to think about.

Trico's Onyx blades came out on top.

They recommend a 28in replacement blade even if you currently have 32's since 32's are hard to find. The loss of surface area was inconsequential they claimed, as it not within the working area of the driver. Their opinion.

MH also recommends you get covers for your blades to protect them from the sun.

Anyone have windshield covers?

I met a gentlemen and his wife one day at my Dealers service dept that had an Encounter 37TZ; he said he had them, bought from a guy who stopped at each coach in a campground and offered them custom fit. Don't know the price but might be a good idea if you plan to stay in one spot for a while in hot summer sun. Keep the coach cooler too apparently. He said it was their intention to live in the Encounter full time. I wish I could recall his name; nice guy.

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[Edit] Try finding the Onyx, not easy.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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I want to get a spare set as well (you're reading my mind, LOL!!). I'm so early in the build-year for 2013, that I guess I may fall into the 2012 box for parts? Not sure. But, I definitely want a spare set on hand just in case.

I got wiper covers and matching mirror covers from Sunguard. RV Wiper Saver Boots by Sunguard Shade Products

Bought them through RVToystore (scroll down toward the bottom)
RV Accessory Store - RV TOY STORE - 1-800-334-5533

They are a heavy-weight mesh. Very secure. The mirror covers are great too, and fasten with snaps. I would buy again. (I have my eye on those tire covers now as well! The traditional ones I got already have the fasteners broken and grommets off.)
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Anyone have this problem? When I use the washer ther is only enough pressure to reach the lower half of the wipers. Really poor design.
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Anyone have this problem? When I use the washer ther is only enough pressure to reach the lower half of the wipers. Really poor design.
Have you tried re-aiming the nozzles?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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No. It is a press fit in the wiper body. I will check to see if I can use a needle nose plier to rotate it a bit. The preasure is real anemic, almost as if the jets are too large. I checked the water tubes and they are not crimped or pinched.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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On my coach, the washer fluid comes from a nozzle on the wiper arm and I do agree its not much but the action of the wiper seems to get the weak spray to the critical areas.

Regarding wipers again, I had to visit the coach yesterday to get the actual mileage (8013) for a refi with Essex Corp. While I was there, I measured the wipers and they are 28 inch. I thought that might be useful infor for anyone thinking about ordering blades.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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I found a pair of the Trico Onyx 28' wiper blades today at a local Advance Auto store. $21.99 each plus tax got me out the door for just over $46.

We have the hook styled arm and though the wipers come with an alternate attachment part, it's not needed. I checked the fit when I stopped by the storage building but did not put them on yet, I'll wait for the first trip and then keep the originals for spares.

They seem to be a good quality and even come with a solid plastic cover on the blade to keep the rubber from getting nicked or bent.

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:47 AM   #8
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Buy Trico Onyx Beam Wiper Blade, 28" 26-280 at Advance Auto Parts

Should have included a link in the above post.

Current deal is for $21.99 each; a total discount of $10.00 (for 2).

I am not affiliated with Advance Auto or Trico in any way.

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Great! Thanks for the link!
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