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Old 08-05-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Question Installing Replacement Drivers Sliding Window

I need some advise, I have a broken Drivers Sliding Window. I purchased a new window from Inland RV, but the existing original window hardware was installed with rivits. My question is were to get these rivits to replace the originals?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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To replace the window, you don't need any rivets...
You must remove the schlegle rubber seal tho to have enough space to get the window in...
Remove the seal... replace it if its anything less than perfect... Andy can fix you up with that too.

Once the seal is out, the sliding window goes in... top first, then bottom.
Then you pull the seal back in place by sliding it under and over the glass...
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Read here....
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f160...air-19059.html
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Sorry I guess I was not clear enough. The window I am trying to replace is the Drivers Sliding Window in the cockpit, not a side window in the cabin. I found a thread were a bolt and nut was used to replace the rivet in question.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...tch-72981.html

I was wondering if there was a better way of mounting the latch on the new glass slider.
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No, I understood you just fine...
That thread has info on replacing the sliding window cockpit window too.
Getting the window in and out is tricky, but not impossible.
The method for doing it is as I stated above.... seal needs to be out, and you put the top of the window in first then the bottom, then pull the seal in place by sliding the window back and forth.
On mine, the handle/latch had become deformed, and I had to remove it and gently rebend it... now it works fine and does not hit the forward fixed glass.
Let us know if you need more help... its not as obvious as it will become once you have done it!
I have talked at least 2 Classic owners off the ledge on this job!
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No, I understood you just fine...
That thread has info on replacing the sliding window cockpit window too.
Getting the window in and out is tricky, but not impossible.
The method for doing it is as I stated above.... seal needs to be out, and you put the top of the window in first then the bottom, then pull the seal in place by sliding the window back and forth.
On mine, the handle/latch had become deformed, and I had to remove it and gently rebend it... now it works fine and does not hit the forward fixed glass.
Let us know if you need more help... its not as obvious as it will become once you have done it!
I have talked at least 2 Classic owners off the ledge on this job!
Listen to Keyair, he is a guru (also mental health professional ) He helped me do both of my cockpit windows. PM if you want my number abd I can talk you through it.... Just like Key did for me!
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Listen to Keyair, he is a guru (also mental health professional ) He helped me do both of my cockpit windows. PM if you want my number abd I can talk you through it.... Just like Key did for me!
ROFL Dave,
I wondered when you were gonna chime in!
As I stated, and I know you know... The instructions make sense once you have completed the job!
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I re-read the post and I think I understand the process involved in rebuilding the track and fuzzy seal that the window sits and "glides" in. Thank you Keyair for bringing that to my attention I didn't realize that it would be so labour intensive.

I must have missed something though. I have a new slider window with two holes in it. One hole is where, on the original window one of the holes had a rivit in the held the window latch in place. How do you mount the old latch mechanism onto the new glass? This has to be done before installing the glass because it is covered by the fixed side window of the cockpit. I am not sure what purpose of the other hole is, on my unit it had a rivit with nothing on the inside. Same on the passenger side.

Thank you for your help on this.
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I re-read the post and I think I understand the process involved in rebuilding the track and fuzzy seal that the window sits and "glides" in. Thank you Keyair for bringing that to my attention I didn't realize that it would be so labour intensive.

I must have missed something though. I have a new slider window with two holes in it. One hole is where, on the original window one of the holes had a rivit in the held the window latch in place. How do you mount the old latch mechanism onto the new glass? This has to be done before installing the glass because it is covered by the fixed side window of the cockpit. I am not sure what purpose of the other hole is, on my unit it had a rivit with nothing on the inside. Same on the passenger side.

Thank you for your help on this.
I might be able to answer the question about the "other" hole. The early Argosy (74-75?) motorhomes had different latch mechanisms on the cockpit windows. The forward hole has a handle with no latch and the rear hole is for the latch plate.

JudgesArgosy posted these pictures a while back but they should give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Where the finger is in the first picture there is a button head screw holding the handle in place.

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These two pictures are of my 74 Argosy motorhome showing how the latch at the rear of the window is configured.

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I believe these latches were only used in 74 and 75 however I believe all of the slider windows that Airstream used on all of the Argosy and Classic motorhomes have the two holes. In the 1984 310 we have and the 1986 345 that I dismantled they both had the rear holes plugged with a rivet.

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Thanks Brad, That clears up that mystery. Just need to figure out how to mount the latch assembly to the front of the slider window before I tackle the track issues.

I am thinking about having the mounting plate back side machined down to 1/2 thickness around the rivet mount so a nut could be used. Using locktite "red" thread sealer and an glue to ensure the base assembly doesn't loosen or fall off after the window is installed. Any comments?

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