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Old 09-01-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Windows- I give up!

We just bought a 72 Argosy 26. The front two curved windows are broken out. I'm not going to pay $750 a piece plus shipping for factory windows. I can't locate a salvage yard. The frames are still in good condition. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make the water proof and still look decent?
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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You might try these guys, call them and ask... I have ordered some stuff from them and have been happy...
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!

Have you tried calling Colaws RV Salvage? They are in Missouri. Many folks here on the forums have gotten a variety of parts from them.

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I'm sure there are other places out there that someone here can recommend.

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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Lexan

Not to offend anyone but lexan can be bent very nicely with a heat gun (and a lot of patience). I haven't done my AS but have built cabinets with curved windows and (except for the patience part ) they came out great.

Not original but a good fix for around $80. (and you can get tinted if you wish).

I would probably do it for a temp fix and take my time finding the replacements that I would know are out there somewhere.

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:53 PM   #5
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The deep wrap windows on Argosys are hard to come by used. They were prime targets for rock hits from the tow vehicle and easily broken. They are available new from Airstream (or those dealers that stock parts) and many Argosy owners protect them with lexan rock guards. if you are patient, you may find someone parting out a totaled Argosy who may be willing to sell you the used glass. e-bay and our classifieds are a good place to look -but you may have to be very patient.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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Wow $750 each you say..!

I would sure try the lexan, but another alternative might be just filling them with sheet metal of some type. It of course would bend and if the frame is not somehow compounded (and I doubt it is, even if the glass was) should be relative simple to do. Don't mess up the existing frames with too much alteration (rivet holes etc.) when installing metal. (In case you find the glass someday. Maybe when Airstream finally goes belly up they will have a closeout sale and you can get a pair for cheap).

Would be less need for rockguard there over the metal, but maybe some better lighting interior would be in order.

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Old 09-08-2009, 06:23 AM   #7
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:50 AM   #8
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I would certainly fit the Lexan until you find what you need. A good heat gun is the trick, and like it was said above, patience......

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Old 09-08-2009, 11:37 AM   #9
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We had to go to Colaw's in Carthage, Mo for some Sikaflex and walked the salvage trailers, as we always do. There is an Argosy 24 with the curved curbside window intact, and a Sovereign with a curved streetside window intact. Don't know if the Sovereign window will fit an Argosy, but it sure looks the same. I know the rock guards are interchangeable. Might be worth a trip to Missouri to check them out. At least you would have one! Normally Colaw's charges about half of retail for parts.
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Today may be your lucky day. There is a Argosy on Ebay (cheap) with windows that you could change out. Happy Bidding!
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We just bought a 72 Argosy 26. The front two curved windows are broken out. I'm not going to pay $750 a piece plus shipping for factory windows. I can't locate a salvage yard. The frames are still in good condition. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make the water proof and still look decent?
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:18 PM   #13
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I have a '74 Argosy, at this time both of my windows are in good shape and I took the precaution of building a rock guard. Cost me about $200.00 for the rock guard. If I ever have a broken window I will give real consideration to the Lexan. You could pay a big price for used and break one or both of them trying to install them. I think you would be hard pressed to break the Lexan.
So what if after 5 or so years they are a little scratched and they may not be if you are careful when cleaning them. It's $80 x 2 to replace them again. In not $1500.
You could have a really nice traveling experience with the $1340 bucks you save using Lexan.
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