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Old 08-01-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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1972 Tradewind Front Window

Can anyone tell me what type of plastic Airstream used on the front window of a 1972 Tradewind? They used glass in back and a plastic, perhaps coated lexan, in front. Was it coated on both sides? What was the thickness? Is there a good replacement, such as Duraplex?
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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On the window itself, or on a rockguard cover?

I don't have experience with the '72 Tradewind specifically, but the 70s Airstreams and full-width Argosy trailers I've been around have regular safety glass in the front window. Maybe someone broke the glass and replaced it with plastic aftermarket?
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Front windows were safety glass, not plastic.. Wally's idea was to let people see through the trailer with auto rear view mirror.. Eventually became meaningless with curtains, shades and window covers.. Trailer may have had an opaque plastic shield, or tinted plastic cover, but if window itself is plastic in your trailer, then a prior owner elected to use plastic when replacing original glass window pane...
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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I bought a replacement from Vintage Trailer Supply. It is single pane and about $200 I ended up just breaking out the inside pane. It went well. I am keeping the window just in case. They are being produced now but one never knows. I would check them out and put in the proper window.

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Old 08-01-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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The plastic front frame with the plastic attaches to the rear frame of the front window having glass. There is an airspace between them. The plastic appears original. I don't know if this is officially called a rock guard, but it isn't the tinted wrap around aftermarket you see on this vintage.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #6
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I just had to buy this. Is this what you are talking about? It is for 66-68 I believe and green one is for early 60's.

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The plastic front frame with the plastic attaches to the rear frame of the front window having glass. There is an airspace between them. The plastic appears original. I don't know if this is officially called a rock guard, but it isn't the tinted wrap around aftermarket you see on this vintage.
It looks like the plastic pane is on the inside, so now I'm not sure if this is original. Can anyone with a 1972 Tradewind confirm if the inside pane is tempered glass or plastic?
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The ribbed plastic guard is attached (usually on an upper hinge or pivot.) outside and in front of the front window glass.. Both windows are designed to open by swinging out from top... The main or primary window in front of the trailer was made of glass, not plexiglass or plastic...
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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After finding other posts,I can confirm that the original interior pane is plexiglass. I will replace with 2AR plexiglass.
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