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Old 06-03-2015, 05:22 PM   #29
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After stripping clear coat off the trailer yesterday - absolute breeze with the PPG stripper, decided to put in the new windows. All I can say is one word - DREMEL! My corded Dremel made this job a breeze.

Cleaned up the top rails as had varying amounts of silicone and old plexi from the replacement windows. Once I got 95% of the junk out, took my Dremel with a 1/8 bit and ran it the length of the channel. That accomplished two things - opening the channel ever so slightly for the thicker glass and got the balance of the old junk out. Took several passes and made sure all the residual junk was cleaned out. Did a dry fit, though did not fully put them on the windows. It was easy to tell if they would go on or not.

Once the top rail was ready, put a small bead of RTV silicone the length of the rail and fitted it on the top of the glass and slowly fitted in into the channel. Finished off the fit with a rubber mallet. Made sure the window was on a flexible surface. The VTS windows fit snug and secure. Let the silicone cure.

Reinstalled and let the windows down over the new seals. Installed new stainless clips - had to use just a tiny spot of the RTV silicone to make sure they stay in place.

Now, the big thing. The curve. To the critical eye, the curve is off a TINY bit. The windows seal just fine. The middle of the curve is maybe a fraction of an inch higher than the curve of the trailer. I will post a picture later.

Overall I am very happy with them. The cost was reasonable and the support was just great. I would order these again in a heartbeat, but hope I don't have to!
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:19 AM   #30
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Most excellent! You have a steady hand with that Dremel. Maybe we should call you "the Bridgeport."

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Old 06-04-2015, 10:06 PM   #31
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Replacement Windows

So here are the pictures. REALLY hard to tell from the pictures. If you are standing by the side of the trailer you can tell the difference. But if you are my neighbor who stopped by, you cannot! First is the new window, second is an original Corning window and third is just a shot of the new window (with the bad lower window that is on the list to replace). I replaced the seals on the new windows and will be replacing those on the originals in the coming weeks.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:10 PM   #32
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Have to add. Neighbor stopped by to see why I had yet ANOTHER old Airstream in the backyard. He saw the windows and said they were just a work of art. Thought they were beautiful how they were designed. This is why I bought a 1967! Oh, and the ash interior!
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