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Old 04-05-2011, 08:30 AM   #11
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I wish Wayne would come back and let us know exactly what happened, then we would know what to fix on our campers!
Besides those dinky screws, the rivet that the locking arm pivots on looks to be aluminum, and I am considering replacing that with a small bolt with self-locking nut, to allow the joint to pivot, while assuring that the bolt doesn't fall out!
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:37 AM   #12
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Make sure the bolt you select will fit through the slot in the window.

It IS your emergency exit as well as your window. It has to be able to go all the way through to open far enough for you to climb out. I doubt there will ever be enough pressure delta to shear the existing aluminum rivet. Maybe at Mach number Two (have to check the window surface area )
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:46 AM   #13
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"Make sure the bolt you select will fit through the slot in the window."
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Oops, good point!
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:31 AM   #14
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I just don't see how everything gets thrown around like he says. When we were in Ontario last summer there was road construction where they had removed the top couple layers of ashphalt and where the surface removal ended the end was not tapered off and they did not have any signs and me and a few others hit this change in height at 60kph, it hit hard enough that it jamed the rear screen door in its frame but not one drawer was out of place and nothing flew out of the overhead cabinets. We have 4k axles on our V-Lite as well.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:33 AM   #15
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I had my emergency window blow open because I didn't latch it properly (I think). Thank goodness I saw the problem in my mirror before that puppy broke.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:10 PM   #16
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What would cause all the bouncing he's complaining about, I mean that would cause drawers to open etc. and nock things over and I could see if the TT were bouncing to that extent. The frame could flex and pop a window. I just dont under stand where the bouncing is coming from he's describing. I have several friends and myself that have lite and ultr-lite TT and 5er's that dont bounce like that. My friends and myself have never had any drawers or things nocked over during regular travels. I understand hitting construction or something unexpected will shake things up a bit,but he seems to be saying its been bouncing from day one. He's camper would be coming apart if everytime he takes it out and has the shakes and bouncing he's talking of,(its tearing its self apart)........just confused about all the bounce he's having and what might cause it(improper loading,suspension broken?). Has there been alot of people complaining of broken windows on 5er's or TT for that matter? Ive havent seen any on the forum recently.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:58 PM   #17
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We had a Rockwood Roo untill last Saturday. We had numerous problems with it. Some were Forest Rivers issues and some were the dealers. Forest River stood behind their product. They went as far as replacing things that were damaged by the dealer. When we bought our new park model we stayed in the Forest River family due to past experiences. I agree with the fact outside showers are neglected when winterizing. As far as lug nut torque I had to change a tire on the dealers lot with a brand new camper and they were the same. A week later when I got the replacement tire the lug nuts were almost loose. Checking lug nuts is important.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:17 PM   #18
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I remembered this post by Wayne Anthony on another thread:

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If he never opened it and it was lost on the first trip I can only surmise the dealer failed to put the arm in the keeper or it was bumped out of the latch while loading. (Easy thing to do)
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:04 PM   #19
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Replaced the window with one off e-bay. I fully beleive that there was no locking arm on the window, as when I put the trailer in storage, I put cardboard over the windows to keep the sun out, and an unlocked lever would have been obvious.
On another forum today, someone mentioned a check list for getting a new rv which included checking all windows, which unfortunately I didn't. When my window blew out, probably in the last 30 miles or so to the gas stop, had two people passing me indicating something was wrong. I guess when I stopped, the window went to the closed position and didn't notice anything wrong. If the window would have had an arm on it, it would have come to rest aginst the side of the trailer and held the window open somewhat. And there is not a mark on the sidewall of any contact with a lever.
Added support under the drawers under the dinette so I can put something in them now. I can stand in them in the closed position, so they should be good for 20 pounds now.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:06 PM   #20
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And, no, (at least the window in there now, same frame) it takes a little jiggling around to get the arm in or out.
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