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Old 01-14-2017, 01:17 AM   #1
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Rear Window Emergency Handle

I have a 2014 RW-36RL,and this is the 2nd time I need to replace this handle. 2nd time it broke is just after I put it into storage. We live in Saskatchewan,so we've had quite cold weather here the last 2 weeks. And when I checked on my trailer noticed rear window slightly ajar. Here is was the emergency window handle broken again . Anyone having the same issue and any better fixes
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:32 AM   #2
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Bob, did the dealer fix the window? Or did you do it yourself?? Parts are available. Doesn't look too complicated to fix.
Look here Kinro window parts for some parts. Not sure if yours look like some on that page or not. I believe Kinro is owned by Lippert now. Here is another source for parts: http://www.rvwindowparts.net/
The latches on our 2012 36RL are still working fine, no failures so far.

Hope you get it figured out.

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Old 01-14-2017, 03:34 AM   #3
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Wired mine shut after second handle broke. In an emergency you'd have to move the couch out about a foot to open that window, the one at the end of the couch would be much easier.
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:04 AM   #4
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Yeah, I got mine kinda wired shut now till spring. Can't understand why that one wasn't a crank like the one beside as there is an emergency exit on the side.
Like you said you need to pull the couch ahead to open anyway. Picked up a new handle today to fix in spring,it was like $56.Can. My last one was 1/3 of that. Money grab now..At least the new handle came with a poly bracket that mounts on the window instead of aluminum. Maybe a bit more flexible and giving. So I will give it a try.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:47 AM   #5
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Ours did that. The window frame was bent from the factory, probably bumped in production loading furniture. Re-shaped the window frame and replaced the handle and it remained OK after that.
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Not to mention, that on some models, you could never open that window enough to get out because the ladder is there.
Might have looked good on paper, but doesn't work in the real worlld.
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I have a new handle to replace mine as it broke as well. Good old bailing wire holding it together. I may just leave it wired as the ladder is in the way if you tried to use it to get out
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:10 PM   #8
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After mine broke the 2nd time, the service manager at my dealer realized it was the frame (just like Brad's post above). Repaired the frame, replaced the handle and it was good to go.

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Old 01-14-2017, 05:04 PM   #9
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You folks may probably find that the handle breaks from the sofa hitting it, as it moves back and forth from going over bumps. On our RL I put a 2X4 on edge on the floor at the back wall to keep the sofa from moving back after the window trim fell off.

Even that didn't prevent the handle from breaking. I anchored the front legs of the sofa to the floor to keep it from tilting back and I need to replace teh handle. The replacement has one center hole that rivets to the window vs. the OEM with 2 holes.

Another owner that I know had the other (turn style) window opener break because of the same sofa movement.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:23 PM   #10
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I originally suspected the couch too. The service manager pulled the couch out. There was no marks or damage whatsoever on the back of the couch. That's when he found the frame was bent on the window causing the latch to break.

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