How to Replace RV Window Parts

by Eric Cedric
Do your own window maintenance to save money.

Do your own window maintenance to save money.

When your RV window is stuck or leaking, it is time for some routine repairs and maintenance. Depending on the problem, replacing rotted out molding or broken latches is doable at home with a few hand tools. Getting the seals fixed prevents unwanted leaks or prevents further rotting of the RV walls.

Replacing the Molding

  1. Unscrew any window brackets and pry out the screen and window along with the window mounting bracket.

  2. Insert the pry-bar underneath the molding rubber — a black or white rubber piece that goes around the entire frame of the window in the housing. Grab a loose piece of the molding and pull the entire rubber piece out from the window.

  3. Push the new molding into the window frame housing and the apply a single coat of the waterproof caulking. Allow it to dry and then place the screen and window back into the housing and screw down any attachment points and brackets.

Replacing the Window Latch

  1. Unscrew the old latch off the window and the window housing. Set the screws aside and discard the old, broken latch.

  2. Set the new latch pieces on both the window and housing. Align the screw holes and tighten down the latches with the old screws.

  3. Open and close the latch to set it into the screw holes and loosen the mechanism.

Items you will need

  • Window replacement molding
  • Caulk gun and watertight caulking
  • Screwdrivers
  • Small pry tool

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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