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Old 08-28-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Classic Motorhome Vertical Window Gasket

I am in the process of replacing my window gaskets. I am having a issue getting the vertical piece to go into the groove, I have read on the site about how people have replaced it but is their a easier way to get the gasket into the groove without breaking a window. Also how do you change out the fuzzy strip that is mounted between the windows (anti rattle??) and who as it in stock. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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If you take a look at the old vertical lip seal you will see how Airstream modified it to fit. The fuzzy strip is called “Fin” seal, you pull it out with a pair of pliers and install the new one with a pocket screwdriver. All material is available through Inland but be prepared to pay a SODOMY charge. Regards, Bob
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Thanks Bob I read thru about half of your post and decided to just ask, I appreciate the info will look at old gasket and appreciate the info on the Fin seal and the advanced notice on cost. Jim
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No problem, are you coming to the “Get-Together”?
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:55 PM   #5
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Not sure yet on the get together trying to get a few things fixed and trying to get tires put on, most tire stores around me don't mount on 19.5 rims. Trying to get the 8R 19.5 on rear and the 225/70 19.5 on front for better steering if I can find descent tires not 3-4 years old in the warehouse. We want to start using it for a while before any updates started. By the way yours is looking great.
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Well after a hour of sweating pushing and prying with a thin blade screwdriver I finally got the vertical gasket installed. The design is a little different. The driver window is done and the passenger side tomorrow morning when it is not 90+ outside. Pic shows the difference, got mine at VTS.
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Both windows are now complete with new gaskets, Fin seals and window channel seals will be next
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I'm having the same issue with the vertical lip. tried silicone spray no luck . wandering if the rubber is to old to flex ... even put it out in the Az sun to see if it would soften up.
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I'm having the same issue with the vertical lip. tried silicone spray no luck . wandering if the rubber is to old to flex ... even put it out in the Az sun to see if it would soften up.
Make sure the channel is clean and has no burs.
Warm the entire seal in hot water with a good dose of dish soap added before you slide it in. Of course the soap will also make it hard to grab the seal so have a good pair of pliers to help slide it in.
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I’ve tried to install mine over my vacation in Italy. No joy. Did you get part of it in and then slide the rest in or did you have to prise it In over its entire length? Thanks
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I had to use a narrow width flat screw driver to push the lip in all the way down. I tried heating it up with a heat gun, silicone and it would not slide in. When I started I made sure it was a nice fit at the start because my gasket would not slide once I started pushing it in. I took my time to keep from breaking my window. It looks great when finished.
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Well worth the effort, that’s why so many don’t do it ! Regards, Bob
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I had to use a narrow width flat screw driver to push the lip in all the way down. I tried heating it up with a heat gun, silicone and it would not slide in. When I started I made sure it was a nice fit at the start because my gasket would not slide once I started pushing it in. I took my time to keep from breaking my window. It looks great when finished.


Thanks, will try that
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Classic Slider Window Removal

Is the vertical gasket on the side slider windows on my classic the same as the cockpit gaskets. Getting ready to order some parts and was needing to replace my slider gaskets. Will stationary windows come out when the small screws are removed or are their other items that need removing. Read some of bobmiller1 thread and was wanting to double check on the removal process.
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