Originally Posted by Teray
We are Ray and Teresa, we purchased our first AS from a good friend, I am late on the intro, as things moved faster than we expected in bringing our AS 100 miles home last weekend. We depended on all you wonderful seasoned AS memeber for much needed help in transporting our AS.
Her official name is "The Magic Carpet Ride", I have posted many photos outside and a few inside as we found her pictures. I hope to start a blog soon. We have lots of questions, and guidance needed onces we are able to start on her.
One of my first questions is regarding the Corning windows used in the 1966 Sovereign
. It seems that most all windows are either stationary sealed at this time with regard to a couple. Was there issues that anyone knows of with the 66 as I have searched many times here and elsewhere and I just don't see many 66 Sovereign articles or photos.
Glad to be here and will be posting more often as we start work on her.
Some owners never ask questions, and therefore all too often, do something to the trailer, that is not necessary.
There are only 2 causes of rain leaks from your windows.
The first, and most obvious is a bad gasket. Updated replacement gaskets are available.
The second, is a leaky hinge.
How to correct the leaky hinge, has been posted several times before, but here goes, again.
With the window closed, clean the swivel point of the hinge, on the outside of the trailer, very well.
After the hinge area is "TOTALLY" dry, with the window closed, inject some clear silicone sealer, into the pivot area.
After about 5 minutes, open the window to the maximum. After about another 5 minutes, close the window. Repeat this open closed operation, a number of times, until the sealer solidifies. Do not allow the sealer to set without window movement.
Then close the window, and remove the excess sealer.
Repeat this for all the opening windows.
This is the "ONLY" time that you can use silicone sealer on the exterior of any Airstream.
The new gasket, properly installed and the hinge treatment, will correct any window leak issues.
This procedure has been in use for over 40 years.