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Old 04-20-2012, 11:49 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Pepsi View Post
Hey Andy at Inland RV

I tried to order a glass pane for my 1992 25' Excella. The window broken is a fixed glass window just front of the door. I have the frame all cleaned off and prepared to receive the new glass. BUT, I was told I have to get the whole assembly, the glass in the frame. I really really do not want to drill all the rivets, pull the frame and scrape the glue. THe risk of damaging the skin is too high and it is needless, when all I need to do is glue in another pane of glass.

Is there any way the guys at the factory could just grab a piece of glass and send it? Even if I did get the glass in the frame I would want to remove it from the frame.

Little help here...
Not much of a help, but the answer is "no".

Airstream "WILL NOT" under any circumstances sell just the glass, not even to a dealer.

It's Airstream's way, or no way.



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Old 04-20-2012, 01:11 PM   #22
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The fixed lower window in front of the door handle on my '73... is held in by Olympic rivets and Vulkem from when Joe Somewhen had to replace it with a PPG safety glass window. Yes, I am glad I was not the one to break it.

The aluminum frame is two U-shaped extrusion strips with a gasketing inset that is a precise assembly tolerance wise, and I am also happy I'm not the mechanic responsible to get the press-fit alignment right on temperamental glass.

Looking at the big picture AS is doing their dealers people & customers a favor, its a minimal-complexity construction that eliminates chances of new window part breakage while installing and reducing the chances of a miffed install stressed part leaking or breaking down the road. Let's overlook the 400% mark-up for now, eh?

Yes - it is a hassle to do ourselves, but a 1/8" drill bit, the drill bit for the Olympics, rivets and a pop-rivet gun, a razor blade and plastic scraper and a new tube of caulk and you'll be almost done... (okay fine, not really but what am I supposed to say?)

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