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Old 09-15-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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Unhappy Door windows vs. no door windows?

My 31' 1976 Sovereign doesnt have a window in the door. On smaller units this to me doesn't look bad but on the larger units the window in the door just asthetically looks better. I've looked through the photo archives and I came across a 31' 76 that has the window in the door and I've come across photos of 76's and 77's without. (no 75's) What year did Aistream start putting windows in the doors of the Sovereigns, Early on, was it an option? As you can tell I'd like to have a window in the door of my Sovereign. Anyone with experience adding a window or should I look for a door from a junker?

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Old 10-05-2004, 10:01 PM   #2
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I just bought a 78 25' Tradewind that has a window in the door! My 78 sovereign 31' has no window! Maybe an option? Replacing the door is major work!
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:29 AM   #3
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I'm working on putting one on my 67, but it will be a cutom job all the way. I have to re-skin my door anyway, so I figured "Why not"
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Old 04-06-2005, 11:12 PM   #4
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I want to find a door from a 1980-82 Caravelle 20 footer. Or something like it.
Those had the windows in the doors.
I want to replace the one on my Minuet.
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Old 04-06-2005, 11:19 PM   #5
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I just bought a 78 25' Tradewind that has a window in the door! My 78 sovereign 31' has no window! Maybe an option?
It may also be a CA vs Ohio thing...it seems there are more CA Airstreams with jalousie windows vs OH with fixed pane. Maybe the windows in the doors follow suit...then again, maybe not.

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Old 04-07-2005, 12:04 AM   #6
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It may also be a CA vs Ohio thing...it seems there are more CA Airstreams with jalousie windows vs OH with fixed pane. Maybe the windows in the doors follow suit...then again, maybe not.

Shari
Good thread!
I am not sure if they would follow along those lines or not. The sealed radius windows were not really popular until the early 80's. Maybe the late 70's but I have not seen any of them myself.
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:53 AM   #7
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one differance between my two 1978 trailers is that the 25' Tradewind has double pane windows with a window in the door and my 31' Sovereign has single pane windows with no window in door.
Looking at MY OPTIONS SHEET 1978 MODELS the answer is "Main door with nitro Pane window" $116.40 retail
I had the answer in front of me all the time!
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Old 04-07-2005, 09:25 AM   #8
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Yes this is a good subject but so far no cigar on any definitive answers overall.
  • First Craftsman how bout asking a Moderator* to change the subject title to "Door Windows vs. No Door Windows" This question is larger than just the Sovereign crowd and your title may discourage some from looking into the thread.
Obviously from the PMissar's document the window was an option at one time in '78.
  • pmissar would you be able to post a copy of that sheet? or perhaps send me a copy of it snail mail? If willing please PM me. What other literature do you have concerning the 78s or any other year?
  • patterson what do you mean by a "sealed radius" window?
The jaloise window vs fixed glass is also a subject that deserves an accurate discussion as to when and why they changed. That could be handled here or in another thread.

This could develop into a valuable (and interesting) thread.

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I say "Change the title". It would be interesting to know when Airstream began putting, or offering windows in the doors and on which models starting in what year. It seems to me I saw a photo of a 77 Sovereign with a door window. Was that an option? At some point someone needs to write a serious book on Airstream noting the changes with each model and year. Nice pictures would be O.K. too.
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adding a window to the door

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my 79 as motorhome came with a solid door. as part of an extreme make over i had a sealed radius double glass window added to the door it was exact size of galley windows and looked great. also had a built in shade and some sort of moisture absorbing crystals between the 2 layers of glass. looked original (except it no longer matched the picture on the owners manual) and the added light was significant.

i also had a single glass pop out screened window added to the shower /curb side wall. again the same size as the others but this window was mirrored one way so no one could see in but added great light to the shower (there was no skylight) and a way to vent humidity or allow a nice breeze during hot summer days/showers. was done in such a way that water couldn't get into the wall space and well worth the cost...for both windows.

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This is a good thread.
I would like to see some pictures posted from those who already have windows or are in the process of installing one, as I am also interested in installing one on my Traveler. I have a son who owns a glass business in Albuquerque N.M. and he could possibly make one for me with frame and all but he would need pictures and dimensions. Thank to all.
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I really like the round window in Vintage Vacations' '61 Globetrotter. http://www.vintage-vacations.com/61airstream_1.htm

I am not sure I am up to doing something like that myself. Would love to have one though.

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My 74 International 32' had a solid door.
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My '75 Trade Wind has no window in the door. But it does have 3 to the front side of it. Plenty of light, some times too much, if ya know what I mean
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