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Old 10-15-2016, 10:14 AM   #15
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Airstream said it couldn't be done

Congratulations!

So happy to see you've tackled this successfully. Any idea why AS is so proprietary as to how/why a clear glass isn't an easier option? This opaque window is so annoying especially when the door is opened which then also blocks the view from our kitchen windows.

Our theory is that if it can be built it certainly can be changed or improved. Thanks for sharing your innovative solution.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:22 AM   #16
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For anyone who would like the name and number of Airstream's glass supplier, who happily supplied me with a piece of clear, tinted, glass, send me a PM and I will let you have the information.
I honestly can't remember what I paid for the glass as it was a few years ago...
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Interested in the glass McGrath/supplier. Not sure how to send PM 🙄
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:30 AM   #17
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Always wondered why Airstream doesn't install a clear window on the door. It's great to know that one can modify this but I'd be interested to hear why they insist on the opaque window.
Great weam-turk by the way!
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:37 PM   #18
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Interested in the glass McGrath/supplier. Not sure how to send PM 🙄
PM sent!
Be aware, this glass is the one used in late model door windows. Our Airstream is a 2012.
Be sure it will fit your Airstream before you order it...
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:16 PM   #19
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It looks good. You might take a look at an older model. Ours is an 86 and has a pull down roll up shade inside the door. You might be able to do that to cover your door window.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:15 PM   #20
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Bruce,
In looking at the door, it sort of looks like the glass in the window can be removed from the inside by screwing out the frame attachments, then accessing the glass. Did you try this, or maybe that's how you did it? If not, how did you buck the rivets?

I much prefer the clear glass. Airstream missed a turn on this one...
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:16 AM   #21
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Bruce,
In looking at the door, it sort of looks like the glass in the window can be removed from the inside by screwing out the frame attachments, then accessing the glass. Did you try this, or maybe that's how you did it? If not, how did you buck the rivets?

I much prefer the clear glass. Airstream missed a turn on this one...
The back of the rivets can be accessed once you remove both the trim piece held on by screws and the upper door panel held on by pop rivets. The window glass is surrounded by the frame. Removing the glass requires splitting the frame at a seam and stretching it around the glass,,, think child birth...
I'm sure a good glass person could help you out if you provided them with the materials. The entire frame must come out of the door...

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Very helpful. Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:07 PM   #23
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So, I've passed on the info to a bunch of people...
Anyone having any success ordering a clear window?
Just curious,
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Ive had a couple requests for the basic dimensions of my door window.
Rather than trying to explain exactly what I am measuring I thought I'd post a couple of pictures. For the record, the other end of the tape is on the same part of the gasket so I am essentially measuring the exposed glass only...I did my best to eliminate parallax.
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Thank you so much. Exactly what my 2006 Classic 30 measured.
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I enjoyed reading your write up. The only thing I really don't like about my 23D is the frosted glass on the door window. For years, I've been telling myself that I'm being anal, and I should just get used to it. Then we're in the outback somewhere and the dog is laying in her favorite spot by the door (I think), but I can't look out and actually see if she's there because of the stupid frosted glass window. Finally I decided that this winter might be a good time to actually do something about it, so I decided to start my own post about it, but like a good member, I thought I should look first to see who has already been there/done that. And you have! I still wonder why Airstream feels the need to forbid it. The places we go, the least of our concerns is who might be looking through our front door window. If we ever did feel the need to do anything about it, we could cover it with tinfoil, for heaven's sake.


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I like our frosted entrance door window for the light it lets in during the day and privacy at night. Opening the door and screen door and stepping outside to separate them to pull a shade at night would be a nuisance, especially in the rain or when the mosquitos have gathered outside looking for a way in.
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I like our frosted entrance door window for the light it lets in during the day and privacy at night. Opening the door and screen door and stepping outside to separate them to pull a shade at night would be a nuisance, especially in the rain or when the mosquitos have gathered outside looking for a way in.
Spoken like an "old man" Doug...
Of course I respect your opinion! With the exception of the mosquito thing, that is a bit of a reach isn't it?
By the way, we have a shade made of phifertex that snaps in place for privacy and it simply attaches to the screen door from inside of the trailer. No opening of door needed. We don't tend to need it anyway.
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