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Old 03-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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The film in-between the windows of our 1976 airstream have started to bubble. We've taken great care of this trailer and have had it re-sealed over the years. The windows aren't leaking and repairing the windows would be for aesthetic purposes. I've taken the trailer to our local Airstream dealership and was quoted $640.00 to replace each window. Any suggestions on how I could lower that repair bill?

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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I was kind of hoping this thread would have a lot of responses when I read it, as I'm having the same issue in my 78. Every window's bubbled or the film has cracked and fell into between.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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The film in-between the windows of our 1976 airstream have started to bubble. We've taken great care of this trailer and have had it re-sealed over the years. The windows aren't leaking and repairing the windows would be for aesthetic purposes. I've taken the trailer to our local Airstream dealership and was quoted $640.00 to replace each window. Any suggestions on how I could lower that repair bill?

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If you want to replace the windows yourself, I would check with other parts stocking dealers pricing.

However, your windows can be taken apart and fixed.

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I was kind of hoping this thread would have a lot of responses when I read it, as I'm having the same issue in my 78. Every window's bubbled or the film has cracked and fell into between.
Double pane windows can be taken apart and fixed.

Takes a little effort, but the money saved makes it well worth it.

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Old 04-07-2012, 07:44 AM   #5
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There are several threads about removing the inner pane of Vista View windows, and it isn't too difficult. Simply scribe lines in the inner plastic pane, crack the plastic, and carefully remove it from the window. Scrape the coating off the glass, and you're done. You can find some grey vinyl trim from places like CR Laurence to fill back in where the plastic was.
The double pane glass windows like those found in the Excellas is a little more tricky. You can remove the window from the trailer, lay it on a workbench or table, and carefully break out the inner pane. Clean the old glass, scrape the film off, trim it back out, and re-install the window. While the window is out would be a very good time to replace the gasket around it.
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Zeppelinium has a great thread from 2007 http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...m-37422-8.html that may be helpful to you. His Post #1 has great narrative and pictures.

maccamper used the thread as a reference when he cleaned out the film between the window panes on our 1974 Ambassador and put new weatherstripping around the windows. It was a tedious job yet well worth the effort.

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P.S. Thanks, Zeppelinium!
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