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Old 02-21-2011, 12:41 PM   #211
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Got new outlets for the 120 then decided that I needed to go ahead and get all new boxes for them.. on order.
A converter is ordered. I have a deep cell battery and a 12v patch panel.

- I need to find a breaker box for the 120. I went to Lowes but all that they sell are big things for houses.
- Do I need a fuse or something to connect between the battery and the 12v panel?

- Started on the windows. Vista views and the other oblong windows down below.
Not too bad. Removed the retaining clip thing, cleaned out and ready to replace.
Do I use butyl tape between the glass and the shell? What to use between the glass and the plexiglass?

Thanks.. Dan
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:22 PM   #212
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Daniel yes both the 12VDC+ and 12VDC- are fused between the battery and the converter. The originals are AG 50 amp glass fuses.
When I rebuilt my vv's and stack windows I used a good bead of vulkem to seat the glass to the window frame and pre-shimmed butyl between the inner and outer panes.
The pre-shimmed butyl has a rubber rope in the middle of the butyl so that it won't over compress and keep it's shape. The pre-shimmed butyl can be bought at glass shops. I'll try to get you the size if you want.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:18 PM   #213
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I'm ok with the size I think.
It seems like on those windows you'd want to have the retainer ring putting some pressure on the windows, right?

One thing that I did get from the PO that was with the pile of stuff that I got with the trailer is the screens! I put them all in today to check it out and they are all there and all fit. Awesomeness.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:10 PM   #214
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Gonna hit a glass shop tomorrow.

These bigger windows make me nervous. the film between the two pieces of glass has bubbled and disintegrated. It looks like I might be able to take these apart.
Is this going to be really difficult?
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Daniel which bigger windows are you talking about? The lift up ones? If they are the same as mine they come apart easily. The inner pane is plexiglass and is screwed together. Look for screws all the way around the window frame. Not the sash but the frame holding the glass panes together. I can explain further if they are what you are talking about.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #216
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I need to look at them again. What it looked like to me was that the window was surrounded by a u channel thing and only at one point, at the bottom, did there appear to be a place to separate it. There is one rivet there.
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Windows

Daniel here is a couple of pics of my windows. The first shows a side view of the window still installed on the trailer. You can see the lift up arm and the screws around the frame. The second one is taken on the bench and you can see the bracket on the window frame that the lock cayches into and you can see the screws again. Like I said the inner pane is plexi and there is a gap between the panes of about an inch. The other type of windows are both glass panes and the two panes are a lot closer together. The second type needs to have rivets at the top and bottom of the frame drilled out to split the frame in half(left and right half). You also need to drill out the hinge rivets and remove it to split the frame. In this type the two panes are held in the one frame with one gasket. My type has two frames, one for each pane. The inner frame inserts into the outer frame and is secured with the screws.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:23 PM   #218
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Thanks Chris, I appreciate that.
It looks like all of mine are of the second type. Rivets rivets everywhere

I guess I need to get some baby rivets for these and the tail light assemblies.
And gaskets and what-not.

I went by the glass place today, took them the plexiglass to have some new ones cut, I wont say how much it costs.. but it is a good bit more than I thought.

Anyway I talked to the guy about the butyl tape that you said that you used on the vista windows. He said that they didn't stock it because there wasn't much call for it. He said that that type of tape is designed for extreme temperatures. It sounds like the trick..

I took out a couple of the vista windows and cleaned them up. They had been caked with so much goop. The difference is dramatic. Awesomeness!
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Window repair

Daniel read this thread on how to repair your type of windows.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...m-37422-2.html

I looked up the butyl it is .215" thick and 1/2" wide pre-shimmed.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:22 PM   #220
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Thanks Chris!
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:41 PM   #221
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Today was a window day. Took out all of the vista view and those other oblong windows that look like vista views but are below the main windows.
Anyway, they were a mess. Took them all out and cleaned up the windows and inside the window casements.
They will be ready to reassemble as soon as I am ready.

Spent Saturday making a supply run and getting the new converter hooked up. I had a deep cell battery already from my generator. That was pretty neat. With assistance I got it squared away. The process was covered in this thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...nel-74038.html

Now we have light!
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:09 PM   #222
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I've discovered something that I love, love, love about my Airstream. Windows!
The plentiful big windows are awesome! And the screens!
I can imagine being up in the woods somewhere at night with the windows open (and the screens in) and just hearing everything that is going on outside.
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.. all of the vista view and those other oblong windows that look like vista views but are below the main windows.
They are called "stack" windows. You are moving along nicely, Daniel.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:47 PM   #224
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Bunch of pictures of stuff that I'm working on now.
As soon as I get the wheel wells attached to the shell I can finish attaching the floor and go ahead and get it bondo-d.
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