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Old 09-23-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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front window corner bracket

At some point the po replaced the front flat window glass with plexi and used steel rivits to reinstall the bottom portion of the frame. The frame has come apart on the bottom and I've ordered a piece of safety glass to replace the plexi.

the corners of the frame are held together with these L brackets (this one is broken on both ends, but the bottom end is the complete side). I've checked with all the local glass shops and they have similiar things for screen doors but none fit correctly.

does anyone know of a source for these?
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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anyone have ideas? sure need help, can't button front window back up without them.

thanks!
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anyone have ideas? sure need help, can't button front window back up without them.

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That part is not available.

Every window has the same or similar bracket.

That bracket rusts in time and corrodes the aluminum frame.

Once you pull the frame apart, the corrosion thats left will interfer with reassembly.

Should you manage to put the window frame pieces back together, it will certainly be wobbly jawed at the seams.

I gave up trying to pull apart an old window, and putting it back together, some 30 years ago.

New windows are available.

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Thanks Andy, is that a direct from Airstream or something through you guys? If through you any idea on price? Thanks!
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What about trying to make a new bracket? I'll bet a local machine shop could duplicate it in aluminum or maybe plastic/nylon?

How about buying a small piece of plexiglass or Lexan, cut it into smaller peices, stack 'em up one on top of another, glue 'em together to get the desired thickness, then cut to final shape with a band saw or something similar?

New windows are expensive. I just broke one of mine, argg!

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well after two suggestions I happened to check the scrap of 2" c-channel (aluminum stock) that I used to make supports for the new AC unit on top and its as close as you could get by eye to the right thickness and length, so I'm going to try to slice so sections off that thickness and try it. At least it will allow me to put er back together for winter, or until I find out how expensive that new window would be.
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C-Channel scrap worked fine, for now at least. Not 100% successful in a real tight corner, but is water tight for now, and at least for this winter thats what counts. Got a quote today from Airstream of Spokane for the window and they want $431.31 plus $150 freight to ship it. Ouch! I think I'm officially in the market for a good used one, or a second job....
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Thanks Andy, is that a direct from Airstream or something through you guys? If through you any idea on price? Thanks!

The price for a front window for a 1969 trailer is $420.00, and $40.00 freight.

You must also salvage the hinge from your old window and install it on the new window, since Airstream no longer has the proper hinge for the 69 trailers.

If you do not change out the hinge, then after you install the new window in the "J" hinge that is part of the window frame, you will find resistance as you lower the new window. As you continue to lower the window, every rivet that holds the hinge to the sash (the metal frame around the glass), will shear off.

The hinge on the 69's are very different from the 70's on up.

I went to huge lengths to correct that problem at Airstream, with zero results.

Sorry, but that's the way it is.

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thanks Andy, think the reese strait-line and new axles and tires will come before a new window, but at least now it will latch tight and not leak.
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