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Old 12-04-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Power windows?

Was just wondering if any one has tryed putting power windows in their trailer? I am not sure how you would? Would probably be ridculously expensive. But..........
I have been searching the forums and just can't imagine nobody's tryed this.
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Was just wondering if any one has tryed putting power windows in their trailer? I am not sure how you would? Would probably be ridculously expensive. But..........
I have been searching the forums and just can't imagine nobody's tryed this.
Airstream owners did not want power windows in the motorhomes, let alone the trailers.

I would estimate the after market cost to be at least $1500.00 per window.

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Was just wondering if any one has tryed putting power windows in their trailer? I am not sure how you would? Would probably be ridculously expensive. But..........
I have been searching the forums and just can't imagine nobody's tryed this.
Something else to break.
Where would you put the motor? How would you power them? How would they open? What would keep them closed?
If you want to dump a bunch of cash into something frivolous, powered awnings would be more practical and useful.
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What type of windows? If they were the ones that you crank open, it probably wouldn't be too hard to hook up a motor to the crank mechanism. I don't think Airstream has used those since the 50s though. For the ones where you have to lift up the arm to angle the window outward... you're looking at a lot more complexity, I think. Maybe a gear on a track setup.

But, yeah, ...why?
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Ya I kinda figured it was a silly idea...On my Trailer I have Louvered windows that crank open. I had thought you might be able to use a motor and then fab a case for the motor. I would think the motors run on 12 volt. I found motors online for around $25. I am not going to do this...I had just thought with all the people out there fixing trailers somebody would have tryed.

I will post picture or my windows.
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Not the best pic showing the windows... But you get the idea.

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Not the best pic showing the windows... But you get the idea.

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Water leaks in various places happens often.

Jalousie windows, "ALL" leak, since they never properly seal.

Then there would be loss of heating or airconditioning, because of the window leaking air as well.

Then there was the Airstream "high-low" version talk many years ago, etc.

And finally, a long long time ago, it was thought that the walls could be sealed, and then filled with Helium, so that the trailer didn't weigh as much on the scales.

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Why not just use the auto / power feature of the Fantastic Fans when you need ventilation? It is an easy upgrade if you don't already have that FF model ...
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What type of windows? If they were the ones that you crank open, it probably wouldn't be too hard to hook up a motor to the crank mechanism...
That's already been addressed. See:

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While on the subject, I find the windows very difficult to open in both of my Airstreams and even harder to close. Most of our camping is done in the summer so we have no desire to open them. But, when are able to camp in the spring and fall, I love to have the windows open. Is there a trick to making them easier to operate. I thought when we got the newer camper the windows would work like a charm. Wrong!
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While on the subject, I find the windows very difficult to open in both of my Airstreams and even harder to close. Most of our camping is done in the summer so we have no desire to open them. But, when are able to camp in the spring and fall, I love to have the windows open. Is there a trick to making them easier to operate. I thought when we got the newer camper the windows would work like a charm. Wrong!
In my '75 (which I think has similar windows to your '84) I find that the windows are much easier to open if I treat the seals with a protectant that leaves a bit of a film on the seal. I use 303 Aerospace Protectant, but I'm sure there are several products that would suffice. Without it, if I haven't opened the window very recently they tend to stick and require more force than I like to exert on the openers, and the big windows on the front and back essentially required me to pry them loose from the seals from the outside. I haven't had that problem since I started treating the rubber seals.
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While on the subject, I find the windows very difficult to open in both of my Airstreams and even harder to close. Most of our camping is done in the summer so we have no desire to open them. But, when are able to camp in the spring and fall, I love to have the windows open. Is there a trick to making them easier to operate. I thought when we got the newer camper the windows would work like a charm. Wrong!
Spray the gaskets with a lot of silicone spray.

After a few days, wipe off the surplus.

Then every year or 6 months, give the gaskets a light coating again.

This takes huge advantage of the "KISS" principal.

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The videos are funny, and along that note the world famous auto parts catalog JC Whitney actually sold add-on power window kits that were motors in a finished housing that bolted on the door panel and operated the manual crank.

Here is a link to the modern version. Looks like they are made to hide inside the door panels;

VPA Universal Power Window Kit - JCWhitney


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