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Old 03-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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1970 rear window pane replacement

Hi Guys,
I have a 1970 Sovereign and need to replace the window pane in the rear (bathroom window). This is an "in sash" window pane with no easy way to remove it. What is the best way to take the frame apart so I can put in a new pane? Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hi Guys,
I have a 1970 Sovereign and need to replace the window pane in the rear (bathroom window). This is an "in sash" window pane with no easy way to remove it. What is the best way to take the frame apart so I can put in a new pane? Thanks!
You do not have to take the window apart.

Remove the 2 window lift arms from the brackets that are on the side of the window sash.

Then, from the outside, lift the window from the bottom, so the the bottom is now on the top.

At that point, the sash and glass will fall out from it's hinge.

The hinge is like a double J.

Obtain a new window and reverse install it.

CAUTION. It takes 2 people to install the window, so that you do not damage the "hinge".

Have one person on each side of the window, with the bottom at the top, carefully engage the hinges, which will require an inward push at the middle of the hinge.

If not engage properly, the hinges will be damaged when you lower the window.

Other than that, it takes about 30 seconds, if that long, to inastall the window.

Lastly, reattach the window lift arms.

Andy
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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Andy, I think the question was how to put a new piece of glass into the frame.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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I am in Greenville,SC, email me, I may can help you.

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Hi Guys,
I have a 1970 Sovereign and need to replace the window pane in the rear (bathroom window). This is an "in sash" window pane with no easy way to remove it. What is the best way to take the frame apart so I can put in a new pane? Thanks!
Sorry, misunderstood.

If you have insurance on the trailer, let them pay for a new window.

But, if not, then,

Remove the sash and glass.

Remove the gasket.

Drill out the rivets at the top, that hold one half of the sash together.

Drill out 1/2 of the rivets that hold the bottom posrtion of the sah together.

Now comes the fun.

Try, VERY CAREFULLY, to pull the 2 halfs of the sash apart.

Keep in mind, that there is a steel bar that holds ther 2 halfs together both at the top and bottom, that you cannot see.

Sometimes, those steel bars are so rusted, that they will not allow the sash to be pulled apart, without damaging it. Then of course, a replacement window will be necessary.

Also, the gray gasket is not available from Airstream.

Good luck.

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Hi Guys,
I have a 1970 Sovereign and need to replace the window pane in the rear (bathroom window). This is an "in sash" window pane with no easy way to remove it. What is the best way to take the frame apart so I can put in a new pane? Thanks!
The glass "only" is not available from Airstream, but the glass and sash is.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #7
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Thanks to all. Assuming I am succesfull, will pop rivets do the trick to reattach the sashes?
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:42 PM   #8
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hey bill i was wondering if you had any luck with the window replacement?what kind of rivets did you use to put the two halves together and what rivets did you use to put the hinge portion back on?looks like i could use standard rivets to put the half together but the ones holding the hinge portion on are the buck style.any input would be greatly appreciated.
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