Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-14-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1972 31' Sovereign
Haskell , Oklahoma
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 18
window film needs replacing

We have just purchase an all original 1972, Sovereign, International. This model has "sky-light" type rounded windows that are just above the regular windows. (I'm sure they have a "real" name, but not sure what that might be)
Anyway, looks like there was some type of film between the window panes. It has cracked, curled and fallen apart. Was wondering if anyone knew what it would take to separate the window panes and clean out this mess?

flyingscot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 01:25 PM   #2
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
CanoeStream's Avatar

2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Hello Flyingscot and welcome to the Forums! Those are called Vista View windows. Search the Forums on vista view film and browse away.


5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 01:29 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
1973 23' Safari
Maryville , Tennessee
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 167
Images: 13
The Vista View windows are doulbe pane in the older models and are known to get moisture between the panes. I have seen where some have carefully broken out/removed the inner pane and it cleaned up nicely. Not sure if there is any other way to fix it but your in the right place to ask...
kneal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 01:38 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Excella CM's Avatar
1978 31' Excella 500
Venice , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,061
You have a common but tough problem. The double pane vistavue windows are assembled as two panes, each with a peripherial gasket, inserted into two halves of an aluminum channel frame. A mylar film (just like car window tint) was put on the inside of the outer pane. The sunlight UV degrades the mylar over time and ruins the optical quality of the window. They can be dissambled and cleaned, but it requires removing the window and dissambling the frame with the attendant drilling out of rivets and re-riveting, etc. Some folks sacrifice the inner pane and the thermal qualities to get at the mylar and then live with a single pane window. At least one member has removed them entirely. Airstreams have something for everyone (like a Roman comedy) and the more skills you have the more trouble you can get yourself into. The forum archives are full of hard-won knowledge from which most of the expletives have been deleted.
"Not all who are laundering are washed" say Bill & Heidi

'78 Excella 500,"The Silver Pullit". vacuum over hydraulic disc brakes, center bath, rear twin. '67 Travelall 1200 B 4X4 WBCCI 3737
Excella CM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
1 Rivet Member
1972 31' Sovereign
Haskell , Oklahoma
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 18
Thanks everyone for the ideas and sending me in the right direction. Laughing at Excella CM!! Right now everything in this baby is original and pretty much working (can you hear me knocking on wood!). I'm having to force myself not to try to fix something. Looks like the Vista Views are complicated enough that if I screw them up, I won't be able to fix it in a weekend before my wife discovers my mistake. (this is how I tend to judge most of my fix up projects). Anyway, you all are great to respond. Thanks so much.
flyingscot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 03:26 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
1972 25' Tradewind
Rogers , Arkansas
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 57
You're lucky you have a 1972. The vista view windows for that year have a glass outer and a plexi inner. These are set in a "W" frame with each panel in their own channel. There is a thread about this year. For this year there is no need to drill any rivets unless you want to maintain an inner panel.

I just finished mine. I used a dremel tool to cut through the inner panel, cutting a cross to each edge. The material was easy to remove with pliers. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. After removal a razor blade cleaned up the film. Nothing else was necessary. This was a very easy task, about 1 1/2 hours, and the result was great.

Preston and Marilyn
pepper48 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oval Window Frame Replacement MikeMikeMI Windows & Screens 8 12-30-2007 10:49 AM
1974 Excella front window docu post john hd 1973-1974 Excella 500 22 08-06-2004 01:53 PM
Window latch dilemma maxandgeorgia Windows & Screens 4 04-20-2004 01:40 PM
Front Wing Window Repair Charles D. Bennett Windows & Screens 0 08-10-2002 06:04 PM
Window Frame Removal 64GT Windows & Screens 4 04-09-2002 12:40 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.