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Old 03-17-2002, 11:13 PM   #1
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Question Motorhome Windows

My signature speaks of being a fool... so here I go, I will try to keep it under three minutes.

Why are the windows in the Airstream motorhomes a completely different style than in the trailers?

I kind of understand the rational of being able to have them open as you travel. But you cannot use them if it rains or drizzles and they can be VERY difficult for a co-pilot, who has a bad back, to open.

So the question is can I replace them with the same vintage TT Windows?

Do they come in the same sizes?

I was thinking of changing the rear window on the curbside as well as all of the windows on the roadside. I know it would be a lot of work, but hard work does not scare me. After seeing what Peter did I think I could replace a window or two. Or is ignorance bliss???
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Old 03-18-2002, 07:24 AM   #2
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Me being the greater fool, I have to defend my title.
Don't do it!
The windows are part of the structural integrity of the shell. Unless you find a window of the excact dimensions, you will have a hard time forgiving yourself.
Spend a fraction of the money (~$300.-)for seals, tracks and gaskets to make them work easy.
Over the years the aluminum warped and deformed, so besides new seals, you may have to do a little fine tuning (shaving) to the sliding parts.
In some cases, just by pulling out the upper sliding track that is mounted to the window frame, makes it operate much easier.
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Old 03-18-2002, 08:36 AM   #3
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Peter,

I appreciate your candor. I have replaced much of the interior weatherstripping, the U channel that the glass rides in. I am waiting to see if my local Airstream dealer can get me the replacement ouside T shaped weatherstripping.

I do not mind performing field adjustments on the windows/tracks as I know not everything improves with age.

You mentioned removing the upper sliding track, do you mean the top U shaped channel inset or something else?
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Old 03-18-2002, 04:55 PM   #4
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Brett,
Not the black channel insert. The strip of plastic the sliding window and the screen rides on.
I was not able to get some of my windows to work with the upper insert in place. I tried to shave it, but finally took some out.
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I must be missing a piece.... All I have is the fuzzy U shaped stuff.

If there is a piece missing that helps the windows slide better I need to find out if I can install it in my windows.

Please tell me more!!
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I would think that your model has the same windows as my 79. The 75 Argosy I looked at had different windows. Take a look. Another picture in the next post.
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Here is the track. You can order them from Inlandrv
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Brett,

You are not too far from Walt's RV in Ocala. He is very popular among AS circles. He only works on Airstreams. If you are in the area one day, you may want to see if he can fix your window issue. He replaced the seals on my 345 front windows and they slide nicely. In fact, they slide open during travel since the poorly designed latches don't hold real well.
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Fred,

I have a trip to Walt's on my to do list as my furnace is non-working and will not even start the blower. I have pulled it and am planning on taking it to him for repair. The track that peter was so willing to pull for a picture is non-existent in my windows. Maybe pulled by a PO??

Yesterday I ordered 31 feet of exterior weather stripping from Andy at Inland RV so at the very least I will have good seals around the windows.

If I cannot get to Walt's before Mystic springs I may want to take a closer look at both yours and Peter's window guides.
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My 82 has that felt looking stuff which is dried out and coming apart. Is that what you are having a problem with? I used some non silicon slide lubricant at one point to help, I think it was for sliding doors.
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Yes the U shaped channel insert is what I have top and bottom, it does look kinda felt like.

I have replaced all that the windows slide in but they are still a bit stiff. Based on the way that the prior moulding was installed, I followed the shop manual, and it did not describe a slide track, I belive it has been replaced before.

Before replacing the U shaped channel I had to really struggle to open the windows now they are just stiff.
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