It's been a month since my last post. Boy time and money sure goes by quickly!!
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the airstream.... well not funny haha. Anyway after posting last time I went out to go over and my car tire was flat.
Well that's not good.
Took it off, went to get it patched and back on.... There went the morning! So I got all the sanding glue clean up done. Spoke to Keyair about how to do the windows. Plan was to do them on Sunday first thing. Weather was gonna be good......
Well, I for one don't consider T-storms good, but thats what we had. Rained all fricken day! It was to rainy to seal the wood or do any other projects so it would have to wait for another day.
The next week-end we were traveling. Finally we were back. Truck was smoking like a banshee and being temperamental. with 135K and a 2003 duramax, I unfortunately knew the cause..... And we have a long trip with the trailer coming up. So I had to get it taken care of. You guessed it. It needed new injectors. Ouch! So some funds in the "fix the Moho" got diverted Since DW wouldn't let me touch the anniversary trip funds..... I cried and pouted a bit but eventually got over it.
More rain, more travels..... 2 weeks till we take the trailer (yeah we are camping some week-ends in the trailer while we fix up the Moho
) to Stone mountain Ga. So we pulled the trailer around yesterday to de-winterize it, do the seasonal maintenance etc....
Finally yesterday afternoon we were able to put the trailer back, ready to go (just add consumables) and start back on the Moho. It was a bright, warm sunny day. This was the perfect day to do the cab side windows!
I have spent weeks now reading every post that has to deal with this. Spoken to Keyair who has actually done it. Gotten all the gasket parts from Inland RV. Let's do this!
Well let me say that taking it apart was tricky, but easily manageable. Not breaking the glass was the biggest concern!
So I now had the window out (and cleaned...there was algae on the bottom
) the replacement schlegel cut to size (with a tad extra). Let's do this. For those of you not familiar with what a schlegel is it is a "U" shaped flexible channel that the window sits in and helps wx seal it. It is a German word that means impossible to install unless you have installed it before.
So after 30 minutes of failed attempts I give Keyair a call. I am in a very dark place. IF airstream made a simple window gasket this difficult, I am way over my head! I am sure if I just scrapped it now I could get $1000 for it right? At that moment I would have given it to someone offering a large Pizza and 6 pack of beer!
Steve talked me off the ledge.... Although he didn't quite convince me it wouldn't be fun to shove the Moho off it though! But I had a plan. Seems there was a brown gluey residue in the aluminum channel. I had to get all that stuff out of there. This of course is the channel which sections that require cleaning are not easily accessible. So a bottle of nail polish remover (acetone) and a whole bunch of scraping with a screw driver and scrubbing with a rag it was finally cleaned up enough ( I fricken hoped so anyway).
Tried it again, nodda, nothing zip. Wouldn't freaken budge! Call Steve my AA rep (Airstream advocate as he says!) Well, seems I missed a subtle trick in the process.... Put the bottom in first (while holding the glass) gently rock it back and forth (while keeping the glass from breaking) until you have worked the bottom and only the bottoms section of schlegel forward (while keeping the glass from breaking and popping into the other track which it wants to do). Once the bottom is in place start the top (while holding the glass to keep from breaking) it now becomes a tighter mess (and you are sure your going to break it). Once the schlegel is past the leading edge on top you can use a pair of needle nose pliers to help it along a bit (because you realized that you purposely added some extra in case the pliers messed up the schlegel, You would be trimming to size). This is also the point where you put the back into the track so that the bottom and back are installed and you work the remaining slack forward on the top.
Confused? I was until I did it. Once you do it it make perfect sense as they say! Actually, it is still a stupid design with a ridiculous hard to operate window!
Well below are some pictures. I will take loads more today when I do the drivers side now that I kinda know what I am doing (THANKS STEVE!)