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Old 11-02-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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'55 Bubble needs new windows - ideas?

I'm about to start a full restoration of a 55 Bubble. I want to maintain the character and style, but I would like to improve some of the engineering flaws of this trailer. One big issue is the windows, I like the fact that they hinge out, but I do not like the fact that they do not have mechanical cranks. Does anyone know where I can get all new replacements. All aluminium with cranks (not sliders). I assuming they have to be custom made to size. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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I'm about to start a full restoration of a 55 Bubble. I want to maintain the character and style, but I would like to improve some of the engineering flaws of this trailer. One big issue is the windows, I like the fact that they hinge out, but I do not like the fact that they do not have mechanical cranks. Does anyone know where I can get all new replacements. All aluminium with cranks (not sliders). I assuming they have to be custom made to size. Any thoughts?
I don't know where to find new windows, but both my Safari and Liner have sliders and I think that they will take more punishment than cranks. If you decide to replace the windows, I am looking for two to replace a missing and bend window on my Liner. Please keep me in mind.

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Old 11-02-2006, 05:25 PM   #3
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I'm about to start a full restoration of a 55 Bubble. I want to maintain the character and style, but I would like to improve some of the engineering flaws of this trailer. One big issue is the windows, I like the fact that they hinge out, but I do not like the fact that they do not have mechanical cranks. Does anyone know where I can get all new replacements. All aluminium with cranks (not sliders). I assuming they have to be custom made to size. Any thoughts?
My thoughts: In your rennovation, stay with the notched levers ("sliders"), which are simpler and have fewer parts to break or wear out than gear drive window openers. To me, the notched levers are better engineered than the later flawful pot metal cranks, which are usually found broken or with stripped out gears on trailers of your vintage. Keep it simple, and be happy. Remember, you don't have to remember which way to crank the handle to open or close the window when at an end position, possibly stripping out the pot metal gears with a wrong turn.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:28 AM   #4
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I must be the lucky one as all the cranks /operators work perfectly on my 60 trdwnd ,none are stripped on any window ,I have 13 cranks all good .That said ,I don't like that they must be rotated in opposite directions to operate the windows ,that alone as I see it would cause them to get damaged by
forcing them ,in addition careful timing of the turning in unison is needed to
also keep them from damage.So thats my take on them ,Im not totally aware
of any really good type of non flawed designs as most all modern windows on
rvs slide open or if they crank out sideways ,they still use a crank and gear
most likely the gear is plastic.I think Fred might be right about using what you have there.But a good glass company that handles hardware and is willing to assist you might have some new ideas that you could use .

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