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Old 07-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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I smashed out the front window, now what?

OK, this week goes from bad to worse and I am getting stressed out beyond control. I needed to get into my 79 Argosy trailer last night, the door latch broke and I could not get in. I checked the forums and did not find a solution. I read a post saying that you can get a tempered glass window cut at a a auto glass place. So the only solution I found was to smash the front middle window. NOW today I call the auto glass places and they say they can not help. I called ODM and still have not gotten a return call. Called Inland RV and they are checking but I still waiting. (edited: Thank You Kathy for getting back to me) I want to get the trailer ready for this weekend in case my wife is up to getting away and I am in a panic. So I wanted to get it fixed ASAP.

I have read that Lexan may be an option. However, there seems to be some post that say Lexan is not good for a front middle window. Is this correct? It seems much cheaper option. $100 lexan vs. $500-600 it seems for glass.

Is it worth the trouble to fit the lexan in the old frame or just by the whole new window frame and all?
I have a 69 Globetrotter California built project trailer (not started yet) and that window fits in eactly in the opening however, the closing arm bracket is in a slightly different location. Can I use that window for now? I read one post that Andy said the rivets will break but I dont understand why. Everything on the outside of the window including the track in indentical.

Any ideas and help would be appreicated. Sorry about my paniced rant it has just been a very difficult week for my wife and I and things keep mounding up.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:29 PM   #2
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Do you have a Binswanger Glass near you? They charge about $15/sq ft for custom cut tempered flat glass.
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Dave,

Thanks for the info. I called one that is about an hour away and they can order it for $33 bucks. I just need to bring it to them to do the measurements.
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That's a good savings. I have done a lot of work with Binswanger for windows and cabinet glass. They also have a lot of hardware you don't find in many other places. They do tempered glass for that price, or plain annealed glass for about half that price. They do a version that has a diamond coating that makes it very resistant to scratching and chipping, though it is expensive, that might be happy on front glass against smaller chips - but nothing's going to stop a big rock.

Glad to have saved you some money! I know you had a crappy day...
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:39 PM   #5
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I guess it really pays to ask the CORRECT question and talking to place on the phone. I decide to call around to a the auto glass places that I spoke to in the morning. I ask for them if I could order and piece of flat tempered glass. This time I did not mention anything about a travel trailer or Airstream. All of a sudden they pointed me to a place 15 minutes away. For $70 they will cut and install laminated safety glass and have it for me in the morning. That is a price I can live with. I hope the fact that it is laminated safety glass will be OK instead of tempered glass.

Thanks again Dave for pointing me in the right direction. Sometimes it takes that one suggestions to get the mind to run in the right direction.

BTW: Thought I would relax and pull some weeds, well I grabbed right into yellow jacket nest and stung at least 12 times. Someday it is better to stay in bed. LOL
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You need to go to bed and not get out of it until this week is over. It's not your week, so why fight it?
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nick, i think you have the makings for a goog country/western song! good karma to you.
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Must be a south of Front Royal thing

Nick,


What are you guys putting in the drinking water south of Front Royal? If you need, you are welcome to come to our house north of "FR" to get your water.

Glad to hear you are getting it fixed. See you in PA!!
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glad the glass worked out...hey, it could be worse!
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Nick,

Make sure the thickness of the laminated glass is close to original. You don't want it too thick or you will have trouble getting it into the frame.
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Hi, laminated glass should work if it isn't too thick as stated by the previous poster. Tempered glass can not be cut, it has to be made to size. Temperd glass [before it is tempered] is cut close to the final size. Then it is hung on one end and heated. This piece of glass will stretch some during this process. And if the glass maker did his math correctly it will come out the right size when finished.
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Thanks for the info. I was wondering how the whole tempered thing happened. The Laminate glass is 3/16 the same as the tempered that was in the window and they are putting it into the frame. That way I know it was cut to the right size.

Question: told them I will put the rivets back in...Do I just use the a standard 5/32 Olympic rivet or do I need to find a larger rivet?

Paul: I do think that it may be the water. We are not going to PA. We had to cancel. Things happened and we are not up to a social weekend. Leo was great and sold off our tickets to recoup some of the money. We may go to the beach early to get away. (once the new window and new lock is installed) oh and all the glass is vacuumed up.
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