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Old 02-02-2008, 02:15 PM   #15
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Pictures of shattered window (finally!)

Had the guy at the storage place snap these pics. It looks like the frame is fine and just the window and seals need to be replaced. Given the frame is in good shape, it seems like I could get the plexiglass replaced if it was done by a good shop - any comments versus replacing the frame + window with something that's airstream authentic?

Nice to see she's stored in a dry and safe place at least, but we're itching to get her home!

Thanks!!!

Steve
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:29 PM   #16
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Had the guy at the storage place snap these pics. It looks like the frame is fine and just the window and seals need to be replaced. Given the frame is in good shape, it seems like I could get the plexiglass replaced if it was done by a good shop - any comments versus replacing the frame + window with something that's airstream authentic?

Nice to see she's stored in a dry and safe place at least, but we're itching to get her home!

Thanks!!!

Steve
Steve.

Plexiglass cracks and crazes in 30 to 60 days, which weakens it. It was not designed to take sun light, ever.

More importantly, the thickness of any plastic that you can use is 1/8 inch.

That size plastic, when hit with air currents, will flex and blow out.

Remember, if the trailer is going 60 mph and you meet a large vehicle coming towards you at 60 mph, the resultant wind speed is 120 mph, far more than needed to blow the window out.

You can, however, if you wish to use plastic for a wrap window, install a rock guard over the front three windows, but that costs over $600.00 by itself.

Unfortunately, there is no cheap solution to replacement of a broken wrap window.

Also, today, they are only available in solar gray.

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Old 02-02-2008, 02:38 PM   #17
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Thanks again, Andy...

Yeah, I hear your points exactly, and if it wasn't for the issue of not having a clear window rather than the tint, I'd have already ordered a replacement from you most likely. I'm kind of stuck on the 'clear window' look being maintained, so that's my first preference if it's possible somehow. If not, then we'll go with the factory replacement w/tint.

Too bad Airstream doesn't have any subcontractors who make replacement parts to give the marketplace some more options (clear/tint, whatever). It seems like someone could make decent $$ manufacturing replacement parts most commonly needed.

Great forum, thanks a lot to everybody!
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:36 PM   #18
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what about lexan or acrylic? i know some of them are uv proof and can be bent. don't know about strength vs. thickness?
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:40 PM   #19
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Check out Out-of-Doors Mart
they have the side wing windows for 70's AS, but I do not remember if they have the wrap around for Argosy's. They also have "sunglasses" on sale right now.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:25 AM   #20
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Has anyone heard if a front bra type protector over the windows and lower front section would work if padded to protect from rocks & stones? The canvas shop in my area said that they have made lots of stone/rock guards for RV's and trucks that work very well. They also suggested to use SS snaps to install and remove the bra quickly. Price quoted is @ $300.00
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:48 AM   #21
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You could go through a lot of work with this idea and have a cover that still would let a window-breaking rock deliver enough impact to damage through the canvas. I saw one similar picture on AIR Forums years ago. I thought it through for my Argosy and decided that it was more cosmetic than real protection -- and I think that's half the reason I've never seen it used more often. They used twist studs which I think would be more reliable than snaps:

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Image from this site -- I'm not seeing them at West Marine any more. This requires the oblong grommets of course. I'd only want to use such a device if I could rivet and avoid using screws. With a dab of Sikaflex 221 around the rivets of course.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:53 AM   #22
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My Argosy has these snaps riveted in... They look pretty O.E. to me... I found a source at a sail shop online... just have to buy the Sunbrella fabric and sew away. I think a cover with a small layer of foam inside would work. I've been debating making one with a clear layer of vinyl in the center to preserve my ability to look back when driving. That's the number one reason why I haven't purchased the solar shades.
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:13 AM   #23
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what about lexan or acrylic? i know some of them are uv proof and can be bent. don't know about strength vs. thickness?
That's what I did with my Overlander. I used a 1/8" clear Lexan that is UV rated. Lowes happened to have a left over scrap piece that was just about the size I needed. Only charged $15.00 for it. I would have loved to replace with OEM glass, but just couldn't afford it.

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