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Old 12-03-2013, 10:18 AM   #15
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Now that we're back in Texas, after our long trip, it's time to get the window replaced.
I'm waiting on a quote from the dealer here but also talking to a store that cuts plexiglass to size (they have all kinds of tints to match the existing window).
But ... how/where do I find the exact measurements of the window to tell the store what to cut? After all, it's curved ...
One possibility, take out the good window out on the other side and ask them to match the size and curvature.

But if you are not dealing in person, that's not an option, so try this:
Measure using a flexible tape (a fabric tape like tailors and seamstresses use is better than a metal one for this) along the curve, to get the right overall size to cut the flat plexiglas. Be sure to tell them if you've measured along the outside or inside of the window, because the outside dimension will be slightly longer around the curve.
Then measure corner-to-corner to get the chord of the curve, top and bottom. Not quite as good as knowing the radius of the curve, but a lot easier to measure than the radius of curvature. If they do a uniform bend to attain that chord, they'll have it close enough to the right curvature that you can flex it enough to fit.

And send them a picture of the opening it's to fit in, while you're at it, just to be sure.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:15 PM   #16
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You will be way ahead by just taking the Sovereign to a place like Tops' in Harker Heights or up to North Dallas RV and have 'em do it right. Screwing around with Lexan and glass installers, the curved window, potential for leaks and the fact that those shops will have the correct window at hand… won't be sorry you did it right.

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #17
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You will be way ahead by just taking the Sovereign to a place like Tops' in Harker Heights or up to North Dallas RV and have 'em do it right. Screwing around with Lexan and glass installers, the curved window, potential for leaks and the fact that those shops will have the correct window at hand… won't be sorry you did it right.
Only an authorized dealer can buy parts from Airstream, unless your in Jackson Center.

That window takes less than 5 minutes to install, if it's an opening window.

Assuming an opening window, any parts selling dealer can have that window shipped to the owner.

However, the way that project is handled also depends on the question of an insurance company paying most of the bill, including the shipping costs.

The easy way, when insurance is involved, is for the owner to buy the window from a parts selling dealer, have it shipped to him, install it himself, and then present the bill to the insurance company.

They, depending on the type of coverage, will pay all or most all of the bill.

Don't have to take the trailer any where.

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:34 PM   #18
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If you go Lexan use UV resistant or it will yellow in a couple of years. It is a labor intensive job if you are going to take the frame apart. My guess for the high AS price is the new window also includes a new frame.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #19
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It's not an opening window: per the dealer, there's about 100 rivets involved.

Anyway, the window quotes that I got from the dealer in Seattle and San Jose (both over $800 for just the window not including shipping) don't compare to the quote from the dealer nearby Austin TX. That dealer quoted $260 for the window! I ordered it.

Hopefully it's what I expect it to be. If it is then what is up with the dealers that quoted over $800 for the same window?
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #21
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Hi from up the road. Bummer about the window. There isn't such a thing as "cheap" when talking about Airstreams, especially not the windows. I would venture to guess that the dealers in Seattle and San Jose quoted you a price for a much larger and more expensive "Panoramic" window, when the window you need is referred to as a "Wing" window. Smaller and less expensive.
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