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Old 02-13-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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plexiglass to temporarily fix window?

So I'm new to airstreams. And I got my first one last month. The curb side vista view window was busted out. I though it would be easy to find one. Turns out I can't locate ONE. It's 32.5 x 9.5 located below the normal window next to the door. If anyone reads this and can find one that would be awesome. Anyways.

It's currently duct taped shut. Wondering if I could use plexiglass to temporarily replace it by taking out the interior molding piece and using silicone the outside.

Or take the frame out. Find a local glass company to make one for me? And reinstall it myself? I prefur to get a whole new one but it's not looking promising. Any advice would help.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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Check here and scroll down to see if they have the width you need:

http://airstreamsupply.com/New-Airst...ware-1969-1974
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.......Or take the frame out. Find a local glass company to make one for me? And reinstall it myself? I prefur to get a whole new one but it's not looking promising. Any advice would help.
The local glass company idea could definitely work. I accidentally broke a window while trying to take it apart. I replaced it with UV resistant Lexan. It may not last as long as glass, but may be cheaper than a custom made automotive safety glass replacement.

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Also, read up on sealants. Most of the common ones used are polyurethane (Sikaflex or Trempro). Silicon and aluminum don't play well together.
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Out Door Mart appear to have what you want as well

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1040

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You would be better off using UV resistant Lexan (polycarbonate) than Plexiglass. It is easier to work with and does not yellow from UV. This window does not have a problem with the wind. It could be a permanent and certainly a cheaper repair.

Is this a upper (curved) or lower (flat) window? I may have one.

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It's the lower one

Thanks for the info. Yes it's the lower one.
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I would suggest trying hard to get the exact replacement glass window from one of these vintage suppliers, and only going with Lexan or plexiglass as a last resort. Yes the latter two may be less expensive, but you are fixing an Airstream, and doing it right is always the best approach.
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My boyfriend bought plexiglass and cut, heat, then bent it, to make a passenger window for our 1988 Classic Airstream Moho. Finding one was difficult to impossible and far too expensive, ($750 from the guy who did and then didn't have it). My Chris did an excellent job, you cannot tell it is different from the other windows except close up.

I just found the photos that show the process, 27 of them, so I don't think I will post. I will post the last one so you can see how it looks.

Your window will require more bending than this, if you haven't done anything like it before, have a professional do it for you.



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