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Old 05-20-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Getting ready to restore a 1974 Argosy 22. We are new to the trailer world and found a lot of information in the forums. Our front & rear center flat windows are missing and one wrap around. Found some post about Lexan but nothing with correct thickness, cutting the wrap around etc.. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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Lexan Window Replacement

Greetings Ksweesy!

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Hello All

Getting ready to restore a 1974 Argosy 22. We are new to the trailer world and found a lot of information in the forums. Our front & rear center flat windows are missing and one wrap around. Found some post about Lexan but nothing with correct thickness, cutting the wrap around etc.. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
The center window is flat, and would likely be about the same cost as Lexan . . . unless you are missing the frame that the glass fits into. The deep wrap wing window is another thing entirely. I don't believe that I have read of anyone using acrylic except as a short-term fix while waiting for a glass wing window to arrive.

You might want to try asking this question in a thread with a name that will register with Forum members who may have done what you are considering. . . . .Lexan for Panoramic Wing Window Replacement?

I know that ithe less severely curved wing windows on the 1970s Airstreams are often replaced with acrylics . . . but they have far less of a bow than the Panoramic windows.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 05-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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I don't have anything helpful to add, just wanted to say congrats on your Argosy!
Sorry to be Debbie Downer, but I've not come across anyone on here replacing the pano with Lexan. The windows available from the manufacturer are smoked glass, not clear, but you probably already know that. Good luck, and I'll be interested to know what you come up with.
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The Spartan trailers use Lexan for their curved windows so I know it's possible, but I have yet to replace my spartan windows. I would think that it would look quiet different than the opposite side. My 1974 Safari has double pane windows, does yours? That might present it's own issues. Have you checked on getting a glass replacement?
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The flat windows can simply be replaced with double strength plane glass for a low cost. If you want them stronger you can buy tempered glass for a little more money. The really bent pano windows can be made from Lexan Polycarbonate by slump forming. it involves using 1/8 inch PolyCarobonate and dry it by raising the temperature to 200 F for a couple hours to dry it out. Then raise the temperature to 375 degrees F and bending it around a wood form to give it the right shape. Use the exterior grade lexan they use for green houses as it contains a UV resistance additive.
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The flat windows can simply be replaced with double strength plane glass for a low cost. If you want them stronger you can buy tempered glass for a little more money. The really bent pano windows can be made from Lexan Polycarbonate by slump forming. it involves using 1/8 inch PolyCarobonate and dry it by raising the temperature to 200 F for a couple hours to dry it out. Then raise the temperature to 375 degrees F and bending it around a wood form to give it the right shape. Use the exterior grade lexan they use for green houses as it contains a UV resistance additive.
This is interesting. Does one use a large oven?
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Hello All

Getting ready to restore a 1974 Argosy 22. We are new to the trailer world and found a lot of information in the forums. Our front & rear center flat windows are missing and one wrap around. Found some post about Lexan but nothing with correct thickness, cutting the wrap around etc.. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
I found a thread discussing this problem...seems someone did fit Lexan to the panoramic window. Maybe you could send a message, see how he did it?
The thread is here.
edit: ooops, I see someone beat me to it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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Hello there, and welcome!
Our drivers side curved window was replaced by the PO with Lexan or Polycarb, I don't know which. It leaked a little but I scraped out the silicone and replaced with Vulkem and its watertight now. I have read somewhere that they can blow out but I am not aware of that happening, certainly on the 9 hr trip we made getting home, ours was fine. I would suggest cutting a template with poster board or something perhaps a little more rigid. There is info about how to heat form Lexan to create the correct curve but that would be needed only if you go quite thick I would think, If you want the info, PM me your email add and I will send it to you ( or anyone else for that matter). I have bought a sheet of 1/8" Lexan and intend to make a stone guard for the front wrap windows, not yet sure how I am going to achieve it but I will figure it out I guess.

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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Thanks to all
PM'd the gentleman in one of the earlier post. He said Lexan worked great for him. He's going to send me some info & pics.. I tried sending him my email but new members aren't allowed to send that.?.?
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Did you ever get pics of the Lexan window replacement? If so, could you either post them or send them to me? Thanks
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:53 AM   #11
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No I never received any pics. I didn't ever get my email working. Getting ready to start working on my Argosy again though so I'll be back in the forums again. It got put on the back burner for quiet some time



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Old 04-02-2017, 01:09 PM   #12
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Thumbs up Lexan Works so far

I replaced my curved passenger side with Lexan as I am slowly remodeling and so far so good. Not perfect but is a good temporary fix until I can find an original window or hit the lottery and buy 2 new curved tinted windows.

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Old 04-04-2017, 09:27 PM   #13
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Great job on the windows. It looks perfect. Looks like a permanent fix to me. Did you heat it up to get the curve?
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Hi Matt, thanks.
No, I did not have to heat it. Lexan is really flexible. I even tested the replacement it with a cheaper piece of Plexi (a sheet of Lexan is about 50-75 bucks) and that made the curve too. The Lexan is working well and no leaks so far.
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