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Old 01-25-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
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Replacing front wrap around window on 1975 23'

More newbie drama has taken place along with the 'bad towing' problem.

During transport, the trailer took a rock to one of the front side (curved) windows. Again, I can't show a picture since I'm not w/the trailer, but it sounds like it's kind of punctured in (rather than shattered) and I don't think the frame is compromised (TBD).

I have it headed to a custom glass shop where the guy will tell me if he can handle a repair. I also pulled a $780 quote from lvland.com (?) for a replacement that includes new window AND frame. Seems kind of pricey so I'm hoping the glass shop can get it done for less effort and $$.

Am I being dumb to have a custom window shop try to do the work? Should I go to an Airstream service shop instead? Or bite the bullet and get the replacement window/frame?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #2
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OEM is almost irreplaceable. I've got both a 24' Argosy and a pano windowed '06 Safari SE. I understand that replacements are available but only in tinted -- whereas your original is untinted. About your only other option is lexan.

Then you'll want to do this - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...nuet-9638.html. I did my Argosy -- not a narrow body minuet as in the instructions. But there are a few more tricks than contained in those instructions. Ask again if you start to look at it yourself.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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curved windows

wow! i'm going to the factory in ohio to get mine looked at. they need new seals. hope they aren't that expensive to repair. they aren't broken but will need new rubber/gasket. i'm not willing to mess w/ that and want to keep the dbl. pane windows. i plan to start a thread but will wait till i get tt to the factory 2/4/08.

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Old 01-25-2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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Yikes! Oh that's terrible. You might find one on Ebay, but they're pretty rare. Or call / email Colaw's RV salvage. PM member Balgrin as well, as he had an Argosy he was parting out. Oh.. I feel your pain.

Hard to imagine just a "hole" in the glass, as it's safety glass, and designed to shatter. However, if it is at all repairable, then I'd go that route. Get pics sent to you, as I take it that you haven't seen it yet.

Doesn't the trailer company have tow insurance to pay for the damage? The trailer is in his possession. The quote from Andy I'm sure includes labor... which is pretty involved (taking the frame out, re-riveting / sealing). The glass and frame alone is about $400 if I recall correctly. Not anybody can repair these.

If the trailer insurance doesn't cover incidentals (I'd check your contract), then I'd just make a claim on your own insurance.
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The three-piece rock guard you need will run about the same price as the replacement window. Obviously, it is money well-spent, plus it makes the trailer look more cooler...
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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You might call Colaws
COLAW RV PARTS & SALVAGE | RV Rebuilders, Wrecked, Refurbished RVs [Recreational Vehicles]
or Cherokee RV parts
http://www.cherokeervparts.com/

Those windows are hard to come by as salvage but you may get lucky.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:02 PM   #7
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After reading this post again, I am not sure what trailer model you have. If it is a 23' Airstream, it is a Safari. In that case you can get the one piece "sunglasses" for around $350 or half the price of the window. The Argosy's have a different style (nicer) window and require a different (more expensive) rock guard.
Did I miss something here?
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:07 PM   #8
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E Bay Windows

There are currently 2 driver side/road side windows on E Bay. The E BAY windows are new old stock untinted and frame is included, price is $500 + $115 shipping. I bought one of the windows and it arrived promptly in perfect condition. If you are interested search for "Airstream Window" in E Bay Motors the windows are in E Bay store and will not come up if you search for Airstream only.

I am assumming you need Large Argosy type window based on price you were quoted.
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After reading this post again, I am not sure what trailer model you have. If it is a 23' Airstream, it is a Safari. In that case you can get the one piece "sunglasses" for around $350 or half the price of the window. The Argosy's have a different style (nicer) window and require a different (more expensive) rock guard.
Did I miss something here?
We established in another thread they have an Argosy 22 rear entry.
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Opps, missed that one.
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After reading this post again, I am not sure what trailer model you have. If it is a 23' Airstream, it is a Safari. In that case you can get the one piece "sunglasses" for around $350 or half the price of the window. The Argosy's have a different style (nicer) window and require a different (more expensive) rock guard.
Did I miss something here?
Richard, thanks for the info. I've updated my profile to show my model which, as mentioned, is the 22' rear door Argosy. I'll pursue all these options and continue to post my experience for others to reference in the future.

Great forum - thanks for all the help!!
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Oh, I feel for you!
I just had one replaced, don't even ask.
Mine was ordered from the factory and was clear.

It's a 2 person job, that window/frame is heavy!

It's a pretty big job, with lot's of rivet drilling.
The new frame has the rivet holes drilled and needs to be aligned with the existing holes in the shell.

Andy's price is not out of line, and once done you could move on to other things.
I would not have regular glass shop work on my rig, unless you want leaks!

Good luck,
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More newbie drama has taken place along with the 'bad towing' problem.

During transport, the trailer took a rock to one of the front side (curved) windows. Again, I can't show a picture since I'm not w/the trailer, but it sounds like it's kind of punctured in (rather than shattered) and I don't think the frame is compromised (TBD).

I have it headed to a custom glass shop where the guy will tell me if he can handle a repair. I also pulled a $780 quote from lvland.com (?) for a replacement that includes new window AND frame. Seems kind of pricey so I'm hoping the glass shop can get it done for less effort and $$.

Am I being dumb to have a custom window shop try to do the work? Should I go to an Airstream service shop instead? Or bite the bullet and get the replacement window/frame?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
That price included freight.

Pricey you bet. Talk to Airstream about that.

A glass shop can have a window made.

BUT,when the window is installed it changes shape.

If your glass shop doesn't get it "exactly" correct, you more than likely will break the glass before the installation is completed.

Secondly, the gasket is not available.

If you have insurance, they will pay for the glass.

Also, only solar gray glass is availble.

Clear glass has not been availble for many years.

However, I will double check Monday with Airstream to make super sure.

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Old 01-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #14
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Andy, thanks for followup...

Yeah, I'm sure the price is pretty much set by Airstream and that you 'pay a premium' for the brand - not a big deal and pretty much expected. Kind of like owning German cars - they can cost $$ when they break, but when you have them set up there's nothing nicer (IMO). Though I now pull w/a Range Rover 4.6, eventually we want a Touareg V10 TDI - and that'll cost money to maintain!

Of course Range Rover parts (my tow vehicle) are also ridiculously expensive and compounded by the weak $/GBP exchange rate (parts are from the UK...), so expensive cost of ownership is nothing new to me and I'm used to paying top $ when dealing with quality brands like Airstream and consider it part of the total cost of ownership.

My strategy with my situation is to try the glass shop and see what they can do. They *claim* to be ready to make a custom mold, etc. - we'll see. If it's not a good long term solution, I'll likely come back and shop w/Andy and amortize the cost over the years we own the trailer.

Oh, and I might have some coverage from insurance (very likely), so that'd help defray the $700+ for a new window as well. In the end, we'll do what we need to 'get it fixed right'.

Thanks again for the help!!
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