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Old 09-01-2002, 11:39 AM   #1
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Parts is Parts!!!

Where does one find MH body parts?

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Old 09-01-2002, 12:16 PM   #2
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Look in the dealer and resource forum. There are listings for salvage yards and an Airstream dealer locator.

What are you looking for?

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Old 09-01-2002, 04:27 PM   #3
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also- look at the thread PeterH posted on replacing the body panels on his 79 motorhome. He bought the aluminum skin, and then proceeded to cut and rivet. It came out great. Not a job for everyone though.
this is one of the threads.


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Old 09-01-2002, 06:48 PM   #4
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I have an 85-325. I am thinking about replacing the plastic parts around the front and rear bumper. They are cracked a little. I do have some aluminum work to be done on the rear cap, but I do not think I am ready for that yet. I also need a passenger side windscreen. It has a two-foot crack!

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Old 09-01-2002, 09:35 PM   #5
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The windshields are available but run around 1000 each from what I have heard. I also have a crack in one of mine, about 15" crooked like an L. I have tried to repair it, but as yet have not been able to, although it has not spread since it first cracked.

The plastic areas I have been lucky with , although they need repainting in some spots. The paint is a dupont grey metallic and I intend to do a respray on those area. I would think if you can strip the paint, and check your cracks, you might be able to use fiberglass or bondo type repair, hopefully from the rear side, and fix them. I would expect that fiberglass mat would be able to do this type repair, but I defer to anyone who might have more experience here. I have used this stuff before on boats.

Sometimes the repairs are a puzzle but when they get done there is a reward in making the airsteam look great again.
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I have used fiberglass and matting with good success to repair a damaged area on the plastic parts around the bumber. I does require 'opening' the plastic with coarse sandpaper and drilling holes at the very end of a crack. Besides the cost for new parts, It is pretty involved to replace those panels.
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Windshields are available from Coach Glass. They are $550 plus crating and shipping, totaled about $650.

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Old 09-02-2002, 08:29 AM   #8
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thaks John- that is a good link also. I will add it to the links area if you haven't yet. Good pricing.
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Old 09-02-2002, 09:06 AM   #9
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Thank you all for the great tips. Keep em coming!

I will look at the idea of repairing the plastic around the bumper. As Peter said, pulling those parts looks like a daunting task.

Although the crack in the windshields has settled, I feel it is worth $650.00 for a new one. Will the tint be slightly different? Do I need to replace the windshields in pairs? Has any body replaced only one side with success?

Thank you again everyone!

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Scott,

I don't know the answer ot the tint question, but I bet it will match. The only reccomedation I have heard is that if you want to prevent the possibility of leaks the cost of a new rubber trim piece is highly reccomended. I know that John replaced his when he did his windshields. The only drawback is that it would require taking both sides out to do.

I would not see a problem with replacing only 1 side.

On another note, was the windshield cracked when you bought the coach? Florida has a glass replacement law that states that with glass coverage from your insurance it will cost 0 dollars to replace. IE no deductable.

Just a thought.
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Windshields

The only problem I see with replacing one side is the gasket, it is one piece. If yours is still pliable, it probably would be OK. If you are going to have a glass company do it they should be able to tell you if it needs replcaing. The company that did mine charged me $80 for both sides; probably the best $80 I ever spent, because they are heavy, curved, and expensive.

The gasket was $250 from Coachglass, only $150 from Airstream and shipped in less than half the time.

The match is great, tinted at the top, etc. One of mine had 2 cracks, both were fogged 6-8 inches in places. Sure made a lot of difference.

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Florida glass replacement

I like that law. In Michigan we take the vehicle to the insurance agent where they inspect it. If the windshield has even a minor crack you might as well dump the glass coverage because they won't cover it later even if you drop a bowling ball on it.

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If you have the original windshields, the tint on the upper part of the window will be different due to fading of the old one.
Ask the installer to use some slow cure polyurethane, if you use the old gasket. That is during the install not after!
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Well I just noticed the flashing lights and changing colour stripes...on your little pictures...real cool Guys...
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