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Old 07-31-2009, 08:50 AM   #1
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Anyone using the new lexan product? What thickness would be appropriate. We have the curb side window replaced with plexi and it leaks. All advice appreciated.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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The front wing windows from Airstream are Lexan and the center window is glass, all are still available from Airstream though I doubt any dealers will carry them so be prepared for a few weeks wait.

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Old 07-31-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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different windows

I understand they still make the 1970-forward. The 1969 front curve windows were different than 1970 forward. Even within the 1969 model, there were different windows so be very careful if planning to purchase a used one (a buddy of mine purchased one, would not work even though it came out of a 1969 trailer)


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You can see the different windows here.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:03 PM   #5
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Anyone using the new lexan product? What thickness would be appropriate. We have the curb side window replaced with plexi and it leaks. All advice appreciated.
Liz
Did you seal the lexan into the frame or were you counting on the 1969 gray glass channel to seal it? Chances are the grey channel is as hard as a rock and will not seal out water anymore. Cut the lip off with a razor blade, mask off the window and frame and run a bead of sealant around the parimeter as shown below

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:05 PM   #6
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thanks for the pics and advice. the replacement of the inferior plexy hasn't happened but i am still tring to detemine the thickness??

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I don't know for sure about 69, but from 1970 through the 70s the windows were tempered glass not plastic, In 72 or 73 the windows went to double pane. Lexan is preferable to plexiglass as it is less subject to deterioration. People have used Lexan to replace windows, but it is flexible. It may be too flexible for a front window's wind pressure. I don't know, but, have never heard of it being used in front or wing windows.
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The airstream replacement wing windows are in fact lexan and include the metal frame, and run like $400-$450 each window. We have the street side to replace and have since owning our tradewind seen windows twice come up on ebay, but both times were the curb side and we lost both auctions just trying to get a spare real glass one. Some day I'll get a real glass one and replace the lexan the PO put in, its ugly and fairly well sealed (but did I mention ugly) but it doesn't leak so we're leaving it alone for now.
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The window I replaced above had laxen in the frame when I obtained the trailer. I replaced it with a window from a 77 that was dual pane. I removed the dual pane from the frame split the panes apart and then installed a single pane in my frame. The original was 1/8" thick and the new is 3/16" thick so the old gasket would not work, so I injected sealent between the glass and frame on both sides.

The problem with the 69 is that the wing windows have three square corners and all of the remaining years have two square corners. I have heard of other poeple installing the later year glass by shooting on a aluminum filler on the lower outside corner.
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