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Old 06-30-2011, 02:28 AM   #1
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Has anyone here actually cracked or broke a front wrap around window??

I'm totally paranoid about my windows now. I know that it's possible for rocks to hit them but has it actually happened to anyone here? Can you even get a replacement? I will eventually make rock gaurds for my trailer but can't do it just yet..
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:31 AM   #2
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My best guess is the front wheels of the tow vehicle wouldn't the culprit that would fling a rock. I'm considering just putting mud flaps on my truck till I figure out something else.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:45 AM   #3
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We had a curved front streetside window broken by a rock thrown up by a passing truck on our first trip bringing the trailer home after we bought it.

It is possible to get replacement windows. The new ones don't exactly match our 40 year old trailer, so we had to rivet in a small piece of aluminum to have something to rivet into on the inside, but the outside looks like new.

We are currently considering several possible rock guard designs. Meanwhile, we have some pieces of an old camping pad taped over the two curved side windows. It's not particularly pretty, but it beats the hours and expense it would take to replace another window.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:17 AM   #4
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The PO of my trailer broke the curbside and front center windows. I replaced with Lexan. It has worked well so far, the curved panel is a little tricky. I will eventually get the glass replacement when I can find it, but the Lexan mated it a lower/ less immediate priority.
I have the "sunglasses" (Rock Guards) over the front windows now so I am not anticipating any more issues.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:47 AM   #5
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I'm totally paranoid about my windows now. I know that it's possible for rocks to hit them but has it actually happened to anyone here? Can you even get a replacement? I will eventually make rock gaurds for my trailer but can't do it just yet..
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My best guess is the front wheels of the tow vehicle wouldn't the culprit that would fling a rock. I'm considering just putting mud flaps on my truck till I figure out something else.
The three piece rock guard like that shown on c lewis' trailer will fit your Argosy and help protect the windows. It also looks cool.
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My best guess is the front wheels of the tow vehicle wouldn't the culprit that would fling a rock. I'm considering just putting mud flaps on my truck till I figure out something else.
These are just one option available, a good TV rock protector will save you from a lot of AS damage, especially when towing on back country roads. The best feature on these is the full width protection, easy on/off.

I have also put the oversize flaps on the rear of the TV.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:58 AM   #7
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It definitely happens. I've talked to 3 different people who had the front windows shatter while towing without a rock guard in place. I replaced the original white plastic/fiberglass one with the more modern looking plexi-glass. I liked the look of the old style but it was damaged beyond repair and I too was super paranoid about losing a front window. One of those "ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure" things.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:05 AM   #8
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Have not broken a window, but we took a terrible hit on the rock guard on the drivers side curved window. It did quite a bit of damage to the plastic rock guard so I am sure it would have totaled the window. We had flaps on the TV at the time. A member in our unit bought a trailer and lost one of the windows on the way home with it. It can happen.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:30 AM   #9
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Has anyone here actually cracked or broke a front wrap around window??

Greetings VonLuck!

Something else to keep in mind with your Vintage Argosy is that the new replacement windows that are available are solar tinted (like the current Airstreams as the same window is in use today) while your original wing/wrap windows are clear. Today, the only way to get a replacement clear wing/wrap window is to find one from a salvage trailer. The three-piece rock guard is a comparatively inexpensive way to protect those valuable clear wing/wrap windows.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: I managed to crack the front window on my 1964 Airstream on the way home (flat glass so relatively inexpensive to replace) after its purchase. My experience with my Airstream made a rock guard my number one priority on the Argosy.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:37 PM   #10
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Huh! That's alot more than I expected.
I'm going to be making myself some aluminum rock guards. Very aircraft looking and I can paint them if I like. They will look just like the rock guards you can buy but in aluminum. I figure it will look like a factory piece even though it's not. I'm also going to make and keep the patterns if anyone likes the way it looks I'll be able to make more sets.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:58 PM   #11
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$$$$$

I think a new window will cost more than $1000.00. I built a rock guard for $200.00. I have a full width shield across the back of my truck much like the one above. It is permanently mounted to the truck.
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I've got a nice sized "star" in my curb side OEM plexiglass shield from a rock hit which would have shattered my curved window, so it definitely happens.
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After having one of the front curved windows break, I put the rock guard on. Thanks to a donor Argosy I was able to find a replacement that wasn't a bank breaker. Replacing the window was not one of those fun tasks, either. In short, put a rock guard on there. It is cheap insurance.
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keep an eye out for replacements on the classified section. I have one left and I am asiking $350.00 plus shipping charges.
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