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Old 01-14-2006, 10:42 AM   #29
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look like a lot of hard work! Always inspirational to get me moving on projects I need to do. You might add a set of wheel sims if you don't have them ,, they are an inexpensive dress up item.
I don't want to appear stupid (won't be the first time ), but can I assume "wheel sims" are simulated wheel covers? Also, I have to congratulate Chaplain on his tackling this project and giving such detailed information on how he's accomplishing it. My windows don't leak air YET , but I'm sure it's coming . I would like to screen in my back "escape window". It's hinged at the top, but I haven't quit figured out an easy way to prop it open. Maybe put small struts on the window glass and a fabricate a removable screen? Has anyone tackled something like this?

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Old 01-14-2006, 01:09 PM   #30
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The snow is piling up and the wind is flying. The plastic on Chummy's windows blew away once and has been replaced with cardboard. I will have to use scarpers to remove the duct tape residue on the polished body after it is finaly removed.
One word: WD-40

That stuff will dissolve just about any adhesive off of just about anything. Spray it on the duct tape residue, wait 30 seconds and wipe off with a paper towel. Turn the towels frequently and replace often. After all the residue is off, wash with a mild detergent to get the WD-40 off.

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Old 01-14-2006, 06:02 PM   #31
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yes to the wheel sim question...they are chrome covers that make the heels look like fancy rims at a fraction of the cost. My Moho came with them and with a good shine they really look fine. Not as nice as Alcoa aluminum rims, though.
You can get a set for non tag axle models for under 300, I guess another 150 or so for the tag axle models.
Check my photos to see what they look like.
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:41 AM   #32
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"A tad under $300.00" for wheel shims. Well, my list is divided between functional , necessary and decorative with decorative coming in at # 48. Maybe someday when I hit the lottery after I finally buy a ticket.
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Old 01-19-2006, 08:08 PM   #33
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Wink Fuzzy Channel Has Arrived

OK, Guys, today I got the fuzzy channel for my front side windows. After reading repeatedly how some of you did the removal and installation, I'm anxious to get this job done. It's about the only thing on my "new" 370 that isn't like new. I got the fuzzy channel from Vintage Trailer Supply (along with a 2006 Airstream calendar ). Just as soon as I get this water hose installation finished I'm ready to get on the window channels.



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Old 01-20-2006, 09:50 AM   #34
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Don't forget to order the weep hole covers. I got mine yesterday and they look just like the originals. They even had the screen in place.
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Old 01-20-2006, 09:56 AM   #35
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Don't forget to order the weep hole covers. I got mine yesterday and they look just like the originals. They even had the screen in place.
I have the originals, and a spare new one. I'm hoping to be able to reuse the ones I have, but we'll see. I guess I can always go back to Vintage and order any I destroy . Did you get yours from Vintage? Thanks.

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Old 09-04-2006, 07:22 PM   #36
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OK, Guys, today I got the fuzzy channel for my front side windows. After reading repeatedly how some of you did the removal and installation, I'm anxious to get this job done. It's about the only thing on my "new" 370 that isn't like new. I got the fuzzy channel from Vintage Trailer Supply (along with a 2006 Airstream calendar ). Just as soon as I get this water hose installation finished I'm ready to get on the window channels.



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Hate to quote myself , but I still haven't done the front side windows. However, we just had the remains of Tropical Storm Ernesto come thru last Thursday and Friday. Took the Blimp out this weekend and discovered the side windows had finally begun to leak , sooooo it's time to bite the bullet (Blimp) and get this job done . Don't really like the maps in the side pockets getting wet, even if they were only severely damp . I've got print-outs of all you who detailed the process , so I'm getting on this ASAP. If anyone has any updates on the process, I'd be grateful to know.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:56 AM   #37
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Tim,

I did this same thing to most of my windows two years ago, and did it differently than previously described.

I was working alone, so I did not have the company of a helpfull son-in-law. My windows were really tight in their frames, so I removed the channel first. I took out the screen, plastic divider, then the little screws on the outside jam brackets. With that I was able to slide the fixed window to the rear. That allowed access to the channel. It came out like everyone else will discover: A chisel, a bent screwdriver chisel, hammer, and most of the cuss words you know. A blood sacrifice is also usually required.

Anyway, with the channel out, I slid the fixed window back, but it still would not clear the frame! I guess I am a bit too cautious, but I will never get a hammer too near a window I do not intend to break, which is just my luck. So I marked the top frame using the window as a guide. I them took a file to the frame and removed just enough to get the window out by prying it with a chisel. My idea was that when the new channel went in, it would move the window up enough to hold it in place (it did). You can then remove the movable window. I had to use the file a bit more.

Get the rest of the old adhesive out following the same method as the channel. 3M Adhesive remover can help some. File off any rough edges.

I had to put the glass in first, then the channel. I used 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive to hold in the new channel. Don't forget to punch out the weatherstrip around the weep holes. I wish I was as smart as Chaplin Kent and painted my frames at the same time. Oh, well, another day.

I must admit that I am trying to recall something I did two years ago, and I usually don't remember what I ate for dinner two days ago. I have a few notes, but they seem to be rather cryptic now, so I probably have missed a few things. Hope this helps.

We only had 9" of rain with Ernesto, Tim. A little water is not too bad.

Good luck to you with your project.

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Here is the link for the fuzzy wiper and the fuzzy channel I used in for this job. After our first long trip and in the winter I can attest to the tight seal we have on our windows. Not only is it warmer but quieter the road noise was cut dramatically. I encourage you to patronize Steve as he expands his line of goods for our Classic Motor Homes. He is really dedicated to helping we owners of the old Airstream stuff.
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Looks like a good winter project for me! I'll be usin the link above, Thanks Kent!
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:59 PM   #39
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Steve,

I remember that in one of our earlier PMs (I think) you discussed the way you did your windows. As always, I'm appreciative of any help I can get. I've taken the liberty of printing out your instructions. Frankly, I think the fact that you did this by yourself is amazing. Everyone who's logged in on this says to get a helper first. Regardless, I've got to tackle this thing soon. I really don't want any more moisture inside if I can avoid it. Pulling wet maps out of the side pockets was somewhat discouraging - to say the least . Apparently, some of these MoHos had thoroughly glued in channels, and others seem to just pull out. Typical, I suppose. It will be interesting to see how easily mine comes out.

I'm not complaining about getting the rain. It did take one day off a 3-day weekend, but I'll settle for the water. Besides, I'm not sure I would have found this leak if the volume of water hadn't been so great.

Thanks for the help. (I just looked outside, and it's raining again.)

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Old 09-05-2006, 01:33 PM   #40
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Looks like a good winter project for me! I'll be usin the link above, Thanks Kent!
Fortunately, I had the advantage of Chaplain Kent's sharing, as well as many others, so I have all the materials. Vintage Trailer Supply is certainly among the best in trying to get materials, even if they don't stock them when you call. I did have to get a few things at other places, and got burned on the shipping and HANDLING . Might want to be sure you know what those charges are if you have to order any of the window parts from other places .

Good luck to both of us .

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Tim,

When I went after this project, I was fat, dumb and happy. I had no book to help out, and I was unaware of this forum. Now I come here first on anything new.

One more thing. Set up a walk board between two ladders or use a section of staging when you work on the outside. It really beats trying to kill yourself on a single ladder.

As for the materials, I got mine from Inland. There was a mixup on the part numbers, but I got a callback when the amounts didn't match what people normally ordered. At the time I didn't know about Vintage, but when more vendors are in the mix, the better it usually gets.

Have at it,

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Tim,

When I went after this project, I was fat, dumb and happy. I had no book to help out, and I was unaware of this forum. Now I come here first on anything new.

One more thing. Set up a walk board between two ladders or use a section of staging when you work on the outside. It really beats trying to kill yourself on a single ladder.

As for the materials, I got mine from Inland. There was a mixup on the part numbers, but I got a callback when the amounts didn't match what people normally ordered. At the time I didn't know about Vintage, but when more vendors are in the mix, the better it usually gets.

Have at it,

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Steve,

I've never been fat, but I've been dumb and happy quite often . I'm still amazed you got this done without all the help available on this Forum.

I like the staging idea. I can see where trying to balance a ladder while holding a window could get rather hairy.

In the short time I've been on this Forum, I've seen a real improvement in the choices of suppliers. It seems the more we join together here the more incentive there is to compete for our needs, and that availability of materials encourages folks to hang in there with these "orphans". Nice little circle.

I'm getting ready to "have at it" as soon as we're due for a few days without rain .

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