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Old 03-23-2004, 09:39 AM   #15
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All of the little oblong windows in the newer coaches are fixed windows. The windows that are larger than 12 X12 open.

The window has little or no framing around it other than the frame around the window on the outside and any additional inside trim that is used to finish the opening in the inner skin.

The frame and window glass structurally replace the skin that is cut out of the shell. At least to my way of thinking the solid window would not require any additional ribs around it. Some of the larger windows seem to connect to ribs.

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Old 03-23-2004, 09:43 AM   #16
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Originally posted by Janet's Husband
I have also wished to add windows such as the vista views.
I am thinking the actual process of adding a window would require the installation of some sort of reinforced framing at the window penetration in the skin. Maybe a simple aluminum "U or Box" riveted between the inner and outer skin?
Has anyone actually done this before?
Does anyone know of a source for the windows and trim for such a project?
The windows are only fastend from the outside on the 50's and early 60's. They have a C channel to form the window opening and then simply riveted in from the outside. From the isie they have a simple L peice that forms the window garish but it provide on structural value at all.

I can get a picture if needed. I still have the walls out of our coach.

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Old 03-23-2004, 10:41 AM   #17
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adding windows.

Where would we find such windows? Could the person going to the st. Louis area airstream graveyard, keep an eye out for us? Can anyone thing of where else to look? My husband says that the marine porthole I found is too heavy. We are down to the outside walls so now is the time to add. Thanks, everyone, silversuz
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Old 03-23-2004, 11:29 AM   #18
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Well, obvioiusly any other Airstream (or SOB, for that matter) window will be perfectly suited to be a donor window. I'm thinking specifically of Craig Dorsey of Vintage Vacations, who was interviewed on on the show "RV Today".

He said that for actor Billy Campbell's custom 50's Silver Streak trailer, he added like 6 or 8 skylights throughout, by cutting down curved 70's Airstream windows to be long and thin. The effect was almost like the ceiling of a yacht's cabin, small rectangular skylights with rounded edges. It's something I'd like to do with our Globe Trotter as well - we'll see.

As we progress, I'm considering the porthole-in-the-door idea as well, which Dorsey also installed on a '61 Globe Trotter recently. That one is pictured on his site, and perhaps he'd tell you where he found it. I like it because it has frosted glass, removing the need for a tiny curtain in order to get privacy.


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