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Old 04-28-2008, 07:59 PM   #15
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Sorry, I missed that up. Do you have to take the inner wall down to get to the screws in the Vista Windows out? I saw a very nice thread on replacing them with a patch last night and others about braking the inner pane. I would rather keep them, but it would be nice to be able to see out of them.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:13 PM   #16
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Thanks Andy, I sure appreciate your advice. The article was very helpful. I will take a good look tomorrow after work when it is still light out.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:01 PM   #17
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I'm sorry, I sure missed that up. Do you have to remove the interior skin to get to the bolts to remove the inner pane of the vista windows?
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:10 PM   #18
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I am no expert. I was just trying to give you some information that I have found on these windows. I have owned my airstream for 2 weeks. We are planning on removing our inner vista windows when our airstream returns from the garage. We are having all the the shocks replaced (they are on order) the tires replaced etc. Our unit was very well taking care of so luckily for us we still have good axles and no rear end droop (which is common for the 70's rear bath models). Please don't break your windows! I think we will try doing everything possible before that. I wish I had my airstream here to look at it closely. Removing the panel is a possibility . I was hoping it would be much simpler.(from what I read) I will take my hubby over to the garage to look at it tommarrow he is really good at these kind of things (he always says it went together without breaking and it will come apart with out breaking). This is not his first restoration, but it is his first airstream restoration. Let me know if you find any thing that is more detailed in your research and I will do the same. Did you check out the Vintage airstream website?
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:14 PM   #19
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Wow!

Airdog,
We went over to look at our airstream and checked out the windows. It looks like if you remove some of the rivets on the inside wall panel that you could possibly take out just enough to work very carefully behind the panel and reach the bolts. If not .... wow, to remove the whole panel would be a huge undertaking as it goes the complete length of the camper! So when we finally get our airstream home we are going to try to work behind the panel very carefully first. My husband still needs to clear any rust from underneath the camper and undercoat it. So it will be a little longer before we get to that. Do you have a 72 or a 75 model? I have the owners manel to my 72 if you need a copy. It is not in the best shape but I could try to copy it and send it to you. I was thrilled that it still had one. Keep me posted on your progress and we will do the same maybe we can help each other.
PS. Your pictures look great I need to try and figure out how to attach pictures.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:37 PM   #20
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Bethy Ann said "On a 72 model which is what I have you can just remove the inner Vista -view pane and just clean off the damaged tent on the inside of the outer pane. Other years are different."

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Did you put the inner pane back in after cleaning all the tint off, or did you leave it out. Also, give me a hint as to how you got it off in the first place and was it glass of plexiglass? I may try this after all if it's that simple. Judy
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:49 PM   #21
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Juel said: "Do you have a 72 or a 75 model? I have the owners manel to my 72 if you need a copy. It is not in the best shape but I could try to copy it and send it to you."

Hi Juel, I guess my fingers are to big or I need to learn to type better. Our trailor is a 1972 soveriegn, 31 foot, rear bath. I have a service manual for a 1973. If I understand the service manual correctly, it sounds like the outer pane is saftey glass and the inner pane is plexiglass and you need to remove it from the outside by drilling out the rivets. My vista windows have very small screws in the lowers corners of the windows. They are about the size of a eyeglass hinge screw. It looks like someone drilled the holes to let some water out and filled the hole with the screw. I don't plan on working on the windows for a while yet. We have quite a list of things to fix and are looking forward to a couple of short trips. We have been tent campers for a long time and are looking forward to moving up.
Thanks for all your help, Bill
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:19 PM   #22
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Airdog,
If your camper is a 72 model and your owners is a 1973. I am not sure which type of window you have? Is it the orginal owners manuel? The 1972 windows are different from the 1973 and 1975 models. My year (72) has a plastic inner pane that has it's own frame so we plan on cleanning it and putting it back. the 1973-1974 have an aluminum snap ring. From 1975-1984 have a glass inner pane and have no snap ring they are said to be the hardest. Check out the vintage airstream website and you will find more information in the FAQ section if you scroll through all the questions.

Juel, your year is different you have a totally different window . I think you might have to break the glass on yours. Check out the vintage airstrean website that is where I found my info it is in the FAQ section scroll through the questions until you find the question about these small windows.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:17 PM   #23
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Hi Bethy Ann, I fellowed the instructions on this thread, the 7th posting. It was very easy to follow. It took me longer to figure out how to make our camara take small pictures(jpeg size) than to post the pics.

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Hi Bethy Ann, I did it again. I am not sure what I am doing to make it post earily. The title and owners manual say the trailor is a 1972. It also came with a 1973 Airstream Service Manual. The Service Manual has is larger (281 pages) and has much more detail. Both have been very helpful, but this forum has exspanded, clarified and added to the imformation they provide. Thanks again, Bill
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