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Old 06-19-2021, 10:26 PM   #1
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Drivers Side Slider Window Trim FELL OFF

Today when opening my driver side window, i unlocked the window and slid (right) to slide the window open and the metal bar track that is affixed to the window & latch came completely off. one solid piece with the latch.

The screen, gutters seals and window are perfect shape no damage just the center bar/trac cam apart from the window

The picture shown is not the actual window but just an example. I will take a better photo tomorrow and post. If you have an FR3 or Berkshire or RV I assume the front sliding windows are the same... or close

There is no sealant, notch or material that holds this trac onto the glass window. it looks to be friction fit. However, it no longer affixes to the window thus I cannot open the window.

But my question is,
Anyone have any ideas on how this track would be reaffixed to the window?
Does it snap back on and I am just missing the way to properly reaffix?

Anyone know the MFG of the windows?
I cant believe I have to have the entre window replaced.

Thank you for advice
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Old 06-20-2021, 08:37 PM   #2
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I had that happen on the bedroom window two seasons ago. I just pressed it back into position and it was so tight I couldn't get it back off so I said "I fixed it". Either it wasn't completely seated by the factory or some combination of temperature and sun made the track expand, but now it is fine.

Before spending time and money, I suggest sliding the window open with your palms and then press the bar back onto the glass and slam it closed to seat it. Nothing to lose.
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Old 06-20-2021, 11:59 PM   #3
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Today when opening my driver side window, i unlocked the window and slid (right) to slide the window open and the metal bar track that is affixed to the window & latch came completely off. one solid piece with the latch.

The screen, gutters seals and window are perfect shape no damage just the center bar/trac cam apart from the window

The picture shown is not the actual window but just an example. I will take a better photo tomorrow and post. If you have an FR3 or Berkshire or RV I assume the front sliding windows are the same... or close

There is no sealant, notch or material that holds this trac onto the glass window. it looks to be friction fit. However, it no longer affixes to the window thus I cannot open the window.

But my question is,
Anyone have any ideas on how this track would be reaffixed to the window?
Does it snap back on and I am just missing the way to properly reaffix?

Anyone know the MFG of the windows?
I cant believe I have to have the entre window replaced.

Thank you for advice
Same exact problem here. Frankly I have just left it off because I couldn’t get it back on. You can usually push your window open with your hand if you have enough friction (technically anyone from the outside could too). I think the solution is going to have to be to take the frame off and remove the entire window. I think the sliding window can be removed then where you can maybe put it on more easily. I’m thinking to heat up the rubber gasket or maybe even lightly glue it on and then slide the metal piece with the latch up it rather than trying to force it on all at the same time. If I do it I’ll take a video and photos. Picking mine up from the body shop tomorrow and I’ll ask those guys if they have any ideas.
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Old 06-21-2021, 08:51 AM   #4
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I had that happen on the bedroom window two seasons ago. I just pressed it back into position and it was so tight I couldn't get it back off so I said "I fixed it". Either it wasn't completely seated by the factory or some combination of temperature and sun made the track expand, but now it is fine.

Before spending time and money, I suggest sliding the window open with your palms and then press the bar back onto the glass and slam it closed to seat it. Nothing to lose.
Thanks for your feedback The glass moves okay with my palms, it could have been the heat, it was over 90 degrees when I was working on the rig..
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Same exact problem here. Frankly I have just left it off because I couldnít get it back on. You can usually push your window open with your hand if you have enough friction (technically anyone from the outside could too). I think the solution is going to have to be to take the frame off and remove the entire window. I think the sliding window can be removed then where you can maybe put it on more easily. Iím thinking to heat up the rubber gasket or maybe even lightly glue it on and then slide the metal piece with the latch up it rather than trying to force it on all at the same time. If I do it Iíll take a video and photos. Picking mine up from the body shop tomorrow and Iíll ask those guys if they have any ideas.
Thanks for your input, I await your feedback & video -
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The same thing happened to my bedroom window and dinette window. There is a rubber gasket on the piece that came off. Take the gasket out of the notch in the metal piece. Put the gasket on the window first and then push the metal piece over the gasket. You will need to push hard but it will go on. Good luck.
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The same thing happened to my bedroom window and dinette window. There is a rubber gasket on the piece that came off. Take the gasket out of the notch in the metal piece. Put the gasket on the window first and then push the metal piece over the gasket. You will need to push hard but it will go on. Good luck.
I will have to take a look at that thank you!
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Exact same thing happened on the driver side window of my 2018 FR3 29DS. I managed to get the metal piece back on, after several minutes of frustration and choice words. Gave it a good slam closed to seat it and it has lasted over a year so far.
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Exact same thing happened on the driver side window of my 2018 FR3 29DS. I managed to get the metal piece back on, after several minutes of frustration and choice words. Gave it a good slam closed to seat it and it has lasted over a year so far.
Sounds like that is the trick -

It's good to know that so many of you have had the same issue, and it was not my doing something stupid to break the window. Not happy that the windows are so cheaply built but that is another story

Than you for your input, defiantly will follow your lead. I now think the combination of the heat and design of this window caused the trac to pull away. I pick up the rig tomorrow I will try all your tricks, and report back.
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Same metal piece came off of the window next to the dinette on my 25DS. Used some soapy water on the track & glass to work it back into position.
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I discussed with my local repair guy and he said he just glues them on. I’ll probably first glue the rubber gasket on and then maybe a little glue on the bracket too. He said there were no real tricks other than that. I asked about getting the glass out to do it off the RV and as I suspected you have to take the whole frame off to get it off. I’ll see what I can do this weekend.
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Okay I didn’t see the tips to try soap so I went ahead with my glue method this afternoon. I had to pry the metal track open to get it on. I used a rubber handles set of pliers using the rubber end to spread it a bit. I’ll try to upload the video even though my big head ended up taking more real estate on the video than I realized. I then ran a strip of superglue down the rubber gasket and quickly put that up before it glued itself together. I then ran a strip of superglue on both sides of the inside of the metal track in the grooves and quickly put it up. Seems to be holding great so far. I had tried hammering it on with a 2x4 and felt like I was going to have to hit it so hard it would break the window. I think the glue will do great. The service tech said I’d probably have to break the window if I ever wanted it off but I can’t see why I would need to. See link to video below.

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Okay I didnít see the tips to try soap so I went ahead with my glue method this afternoon. I had to pry the metal track open to get it on. I used a rubber handles set of pliers using the rubber end to spread it a bit. Iíll try to upload the video even though my big head ended up taking more real estate on the video than I realized. I then ran a strip of superglue down the rubber gasket and quickly put that up before it glued itself together. I then ran a strip of superglue on both sides of the inside of the metal track in the grooves and quickly put it up. Seems to be holding great so far. I had tried hammering it on with a 2x4 and felt like I was going to have to hit it so hard it would break the window. I think the glue will do great. The service tech said Iíd probably have to break the window if I ever wanted it off but I canít see why I would need to. See link to video below.

https://youtu.be/_yoWysAPKqI

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Watching your video that is 100% exactly what is happening to my rig.
However, my metal track piece, fits perfectly along the glass so I do not think I need to manhandle with the pliers. BUT 100% I will use the superglue, and "maybe" the 2x4

THANK YOU So much for the advice.

And thanks to all who have commented!!!
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Same metal piece came off of the window next to the dinette on my 25DS. Used some soapy water on the track & glass to work it back into position.
Tried that today, no luck but good idea.. I think Josh (above) has the ticket for my rig...
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I have a 2014 FR and the same thing happened to my window. I just worked it. Ack on but before Imdid I used super glue to keep it in place. It’s been over a year and still holds good.
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Today I took Gorilla Glue & glued up the weather-strip & the metal track back to th window.it seems now like a snug to tight fit, will let the glue set and manhandle the window.
It is dooable Video above was a great help, although I seemed to still get glue all over the glass and my fingers.

Consider this a fix.
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Consider this now about 1 month later.... not a complete fix - my attempt although lasted 1 month, the trim fell off again!!!!

I will try one more time.....
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:58 PM   #19
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Sorry to hear the trim is not holding. So far my trim has been intact for over a year. I used crazy glue and seems to be holding up well. Knock on wood.
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Same thing on my 2018 driver window - falls off at least once a trip. I have a rubber mallet that I keep handy to smack it back on after we stop. I should probably just glue it haha
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