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Old 05-22-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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Question How did you customize your Airstream?

For example, as a newbie, I am just beginning to notice that there are different types of windows, especially on the front and rear. Have you seen anyone that added those w-i-d-e windows to their Yacht?

And in looking around at them in dealers' lots, I see that some of them are now beginning to sport a small window, almost in the roof, in other words, well above where the standard windows are. Can they be added? They give a lot more light, while maintaining privacy. What a great idea!

Thanks in advance for sharing the changes that you've made to the structure of your trailer.

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:15 AM   #2
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Hi Aage!

I know Rich Luhr the editor of Airstream Life blogged about and included pictures of new windows being put in his Airstream at Roger Williams Airstream dealer in Texas. Here is his blog, I cannot find the specific entry right now unfortunately. Tour of America You'll have to look back in the archives. He had a wide window and an overhead vista view window installed.

I also read that Colonial Airstream of New Jersey put in a wide window in one of the new Safari Sport models.

Perhaps you can get more information from them on the installation.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:59 AM   #3
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a very senior member of my unit told me " outside leave it alone and original, out of respect to the community, to Wally. Now inside, that is yours and you should do what you want...." So out of respect for Dick Perkins, I have done just that. If you do chop into a trailer, could you please do it to a 70's model.
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a very senior member of my unit told me " outside leave it alone and original, out of respect to the community, to Wally. Now inside, that is yours and you should do what you want...." So out of respect for Dick Perkins, I have done just that. If you do chop into a trailer, could you please do it to a 70's model.
Hmmm, what if you are altering a bad original-owner custom request? Back in the 50s, the factories would build just about anything to order. Somtimes this resulted in some cool originals, like double-door cruisers and liners. But sometimes it resulted in poor custom window choices, or at least odd ones. I think if you're still taking it back to something that was original at the time, it's okay in my book.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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a very senior member of my unit told me " outside leave it alone and original, out of respect to the community, to Wally. Now inside, that is yours and you should do what you want...." So out of respect for Dick Perkins, I have done just that. If you do chop into a trailer, could you please do it to a 70's model.
I was looking at your pix on Picasa Web. Thanks for making my day, "What was someone thinking?" made me laugh out loud!
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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Anything can be done if you want too spend the money.
I am in the procees of changing out the door window on mine and added a door window on my 73.
It's your Airstream not a priceless antique.

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:18 PM   #7
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In the factory brochure for my '77 Argosy 24T, 'Vista' windows are shown as an option - small windows (skylights, really) mounted above eye level. Sounds like a good idea to me, if they don't leak.
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In the factory brochure for my '77 Argosy 24T, 'Vista' windows are shown as an option - small windows (skylights, really) mounted above eye level. Sounds like a good idea to me, if they don't leak.
The Vista View windows started in the 1960's, and I have seen some pretty late-model units with them installed. Thesse can go either above or below main windows. The oversize wing windows are also pretty cool, but measure carefully, and check the radii of the trailer before attempting to install them. It would be a first-magnitude disaster for someone to cut holes in the body for the windows, then find out they don't fit.
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The extent of customization to my Airstream is the inclusion of black and chocolate Labrador retriever hair scattered throughout.
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If you do chop into a trailer, could you please do it to a 70's model.
Why just 70's models ??? Just wondering....SAM
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Why just 70's models ??? Just wondering....SAM
I wondered that myself. Hey I like and did like the 70s. Very, very good to me.

Anyway putting in a different size window or a vista view over it is not desecrating the iconic style of an Airstream in my humble opinion. And I tend to agree with Gunny, these units belong to the owner and should be customized at will and not preserved for the future vintage owners market. Purists who feel that strongly should buy up as many vintage Airstreams as possible to preserve them from extinction to preserve integrity and relinguish control and opinions on the ones that don't belong to them.
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Yea fixem up the way you want them.. I like mine mostly orignal but I grew up in the 70's so I like that look...SAM
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I was a young snap in the 70's and I have some "plasticy wood-looking brown stuff" you can have out of mine .

Do it your way thats the best.

Measure twice and cut once
Or is it Measure a lot cut a little off try it measure few more times cut a little try it? I like to sneak up on the final size.
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just not a big fan... sorry. I am a purist.... please hate me if you like.
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