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Old 05-02-2009, 05:37 PM   #15
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Yeah but, that ridiculously thin glass is all "tempered", making it far stronger that window glass.

People look amazed, when I take a curved window glass that we have for the 66, 67 and 68 Airstream, lay it on the floor, stand on it with two feet and straighten it out, then step off of it, and watch it go back to it's original shape, all without breaking.

Good stuff, that tempered glass.

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I don't want to hijack this thread but I guess, though discussed before, this is relevant. After being rescued from sitting in a NM field for 25 years, my 71 on the second day of it's maiden voyage had a wing window inexplicably disintegrate. The next day the other one did the same. No previous visible damage. No rocks, etc. Andy offered the only explanation which according to Ockham's Razor is the only explanation. This tempered glass though extremely strong in resisting major trauma over time is prone to shattering for little or no reason.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:57 PM   #16
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I don't want to hijack this thread but I guess, though discussed before, this is relevant. After being rescued from sitting in a NM field for 25 years, my 71 on the second day of it's maiden voyage had a wing window inexplicably disintegrate. The next day the other one did the same. No previous visible damage. No rocks, etc. Andy offered the only explanation which according to Ockham's Razor is the only explanation. This tempered glass though extremely strong in resisting major trauma over time is prone to shattering for little or no reason.
Many times, when an Airstream with tempered glass, is parked for a long time, especially when sand and dirt can blow on it, and then is moved to a different location, some of the windows, especially the wing windows blow.

There seems to be a pretty valid reason, but tough to document.

Tempered glass, is tempered on the surface only, as described by glass companies.

Tempered glass when it's surface has been etched by blowing dirt or sand, will shatter, in time, when exposed to a different degree of heat from the sun.

That has happened hundreds of times.

That etching, normally, is invisible to the naked eye.

Tempered glass however, is like "life" itself.

You never know "when."

That might explain the loss of your wing windows.

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I don't believe that the front wind wings are available anymore,someone will correct me if I'm wrong, From what I've read on here they are also very hard to come across even used. Do you need the window frames or just the glass?

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You ask whether frame or glass...do you know where it's possible to get just the glass?
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