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Old 04-26-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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hello,

I just noticed that there is a leak from top of the window frame (where the glass is attached to the aluminum rail) It is raining and it is collecting a lot of water on inside. do I need to remove the window and seal it or is there an easier way to do it & not remove the glass?

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Old 04-26-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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hello,

I just noticed that there is a leak from top of the window frame (where the glass is attached to the aluminum rail) It is raining and it is collecting a lot of water on inside. do I need to remove the window and seal it or is there an easier way to do it & not remove the glass?

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First, the gasket must be good, and installed correctly.

The hinges on all the 66, 67 and 68 windows, can leak.

But, the fix is easy, but takes a little time and patience.

Make sure the hinge are is completely dry.

When the window is closed, inject a bead of clear "silicone" sealer, into that hinge junction. In about 10 minutes, open the window for about 10 minutes. Then close the window for another 10 minutes.

Keep the open then closed movement in progress, until the silicone cures out.

The next day, remove the surplus sealer from the exterior of the window.

What you have done, is apply a coating of silicone sealer, to the inner part of the hinge.

That will take care of the water leaks, at least at the hinge.

This is the only place, that you ever dare use silicone sealer on the exterior of an Airstream.

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:03 PM   #3
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Yeah, mine does that too. I 'sealed 'the ends of that rail. t helped a lot but still leaks in 2 windows. I'll be watching for other solutions.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:58 PM   #4
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The "eyebrow" fix

This problem plagued us as well. Our solution was vintage-look "eyebrows" above each window. You can see them in the photo. There's one on the rear window, too, but you barely notice it.

The eyebrows completely cured the issue for us.

Colin Hyde obtained and installed these for us, at his shop in Peru NY.
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