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Old 07-06-2007, 12:18 AM   #15
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Ouch, ouch, ouch. I hat to hear you broke your orginal glass.

I have several orginal corning windows and 8 lexan replacement windows on my 1968 Tradewind.

After months of research, Andy from Inland Marine has high, high, prices replacement window corning type glass, but I have found none better.

Please, let us know your decession and the outcome.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:29 AM   #16
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Stef, Your trailer has the type 3 window/hinge assembly as does my '67 Safari. To remove the upper clamp from the hinge assembly (which will stay on the window frame) you must remove 5 or 6 screws from the inside top of the hinge assembly. The easiest way I found to do this was to (following the removal/install instruction from VTS). Squirt PB Blaster on the screws (or Breakfree) as they will be rusted in place and use a posi-drive screw driver to remove all the clamp screws. If any heads strip out or break off you can use a small vise grip plier to carefully remove the screws. (Note: you may have to remove the screw threads after the clamp is separated from the hinge.) With the screws removed you can separate the clamp from the hinge by prying the clamp away from the hinge with a small pry bar or large screwdriver. It will come apart (with a little convincing) but be careful not to scratch or drop the clamp when removing it! clean up both the inside surfaces of the clamp and the hinge, install glass tape (glazing tape) on the top edge of the glass, and use double face reinforced tape to the top surface of the glass tape. Then re-install the glass to the hinged side first and install the clamp on the inside of the hinge to the glass, making sure you have the glass aligned correctly in the opening of the frame. This job is always easier with two people. Hope this helps you. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:37 AM   #17
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Ouch, ouch, ouch. I hat to hear you broke your orginal glass.

I have several orginal corning windows and 8 lexan replacement windows on my 1968 Tradewind.

After months of research, Andy from Inland Marine has high, high, prices replacement window corning type glass, but I have found none better.

Please, let us know your decession and the outcome.

Keith, VintageTrailerSupply.com also sells curved tempered glass for the '66, '67, and '68 trailers and the shipping/handling is less than InlandRv. Also Steve at VTS gaurantees his glass so if it breaks (for whatever reason) even fumble fingers syndrome) he will replace it at no charge. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:31 AM   #18
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I got my glass from VTS. I have delt with them before and been happy with them everytime, and the guarentee to replace the glass even if I broke it during installation was too good to pass up.

Thanks for the advice on dissassembly, Ed. I got the screws out, but it is giving me trouble prying it apart. I'll give it another shot tonight after work.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:18 PM   #19
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Got it!

Got it in. The channel did come apart finally, but it had sealant at each screw hole, so it took a bit more prying than I was comfortable with - thought for sure I would break something! So here it is. No trim yet, but I'm just happy to have the gaping hole filled.

Soon as we got it done my husband (the comedian) came by with the weedwhacker, just to see me chase him away!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:16 PM   #20
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Steph

Your hubby is a brave, if not foolish, man. I can relate big time with him.

Glad you got your glass in. It looks good.

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:02 PM   #21
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Got it in. The channel did come apart finally, but it had sealant at each screw hole, so it took a bit more prying than I was comfortable with - thought for sure I would break something! So here it is. No trim yet, but I'm just happy to have the gaping hole filled.

Soon as we got it done my husband (the comedian) came by with the weedwhacker, just to see me chase him away!
Steph.

Where are the window moldings?

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:45 PM   #22
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We joined the broken window club yesterday =P

This looks like the right place for me to ask this questions since my husband just broke a window yesterday. Lesson learned, do not try to skim over the "check list" for leaving camp just because your kids are in the truck all excited about going swimming one last time before ya leave. Being hurried he lowered the main jack to put it on the truck but forgot to raise all the stabilizing jacks. This raised the front of the trailer and put weight on the back jacks and must have bowed the center of the trailer... making it hard to shut the front door that I was scratching my head over because it was just fine that morning. Yah.. YUCK! Then.. to make matters worse... I stopped him mid way and asked him to help me close the front and back windows. On his way by he went to close the front curbside window just to the right of the door. With the trailer being unknowingly twisted, he went to shut it... yep... shattered all over. Safety glass... what a joy to clean up out of dirt and gravel!

Hubby felt a bit silly when he realized what was causing the issues.

So... we are now looking for a replacement window for our 1998 28' Excella. It is the front curbside one just to the right of the door. 19w x 22h. Matches all the other windows on that side. We only need the glass, not the hardware. Any recommendations where I should go to get one? We live in Washington State North of Seattle. Would mail order be faster?

Oh.. and the front door closes just fine now

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Dana, I would think with a camper as new as yours, your local Airstream dealer would be able to get you a new glass.

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Old 07-17-2007, 01:19 AM   #24
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I feel for you, I have forgotten the stabilizers as well and set the trailer on them - luckily not bad enough to tweak the trailer or break anything!

I haven't had a chance to go out and play with the window since I put it in. I still have to clean up also, there is glass EVERYWHERE
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MacStreamer, sounds like I lost the same size (19x22) window this past weekend. We were out on our maiden voyage with a "new" '94 Classic Limited 30' when the curbside window exploded. I had asked my son to open up the windows while I hooked up. He swears it wasn't his fault. I'm not pressing him, just trying to figure out what went wrong.

At any rate, if you find out where you can get glass and not the whole window, I'd appreciate it. The dealer tells me he can only get the window and frame as a unit.

Did I mention that it was Friday the 13th?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:13 PM   #26
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Steph,
I wish the glass was some how magnetic so that we could just use a large magnet. We ended up scooping up lots of rock, dirt and glass into a bucket. And then on hands and knees picking up the left over. Joy Joy. I called a "local" Airstream dealer that is 2 hours from me but they sent me to a glass company that is even farther. I called glass shops in my area and they all said they could not do it and to call the Airstream factory. I sent an e-mail to the Airstream dealer in Spokane, we will see if they can help. I was hoping since it was not that old of a model it would be easier to replace. Not really the case though.

It rained today here. I think I might have to read through here on what would be a good patch for now.

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MacStreamer, sounds like I lost the same size (19x22) window this past weekend. We were out on our maiden voyage with a "new" '94 Classic Limited 30' when the curbside window exploded. I had asked my son to open up the windows while I hooked up. He swears it wasn't his fault. I'm not pressing him, just trying to figure out what went wrong.

At any rate, if you find out where you can get glass and not the whole window, I'd appreciate it. The dealer tells me he can only get the window and frame as a unit.

Did I mention that it was Friday the 13th?

Thanks for any input.
We have that window available, glass only, no frame.

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TNT001,
Your trailer must have been in cahoots with mine. Andy from Inland RV center replied to an e-mail I sent them. They have the replacement glass.
Thanks Andy for the reply here and via e-mail.

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