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Old 06-11-2010, 07:21 PM   #29
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Thanks, just bought a 70 AS and just siliconed an upper window that was leaking, this is temp. now I know what to do.
Silicone will not stick to aluminum to make a seal,it will stick to the roof where some po left a a big gob you arre trying to get off to polish. Dave
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:23 PM   #30
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Repairing Stack & Vista View Windows.

I just repaired my first of several windows. This is a stack window next to the entry door below the lift up window. I removed the trim ring and carefully with a hook tool freed up the inner lexan window and removed it. I then used the same hook tool from the outside to free up the outer glass and removed it. After cleaning the butlyl off both panes and the frame I removed the old window tint and had a local shop re-tint it in limo tint. I reinstalled the outer glass using pro form 211 urethane adhesive/sealant. I found butlyl tape from a local glass shop. It is pre-shimmed and is 1/4" thick and 5/16" wide. I used the butyl to seal the inner lexan pane to the outer glass. I then re-installed the trim ring to hold everything in place. The white inner shroud was removed to repaint but the repair can be done without removing it. Next I will attempt the front vista-view windows
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:38 AM   #31
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easyride; thanks, I didn't realize it wouldn't stick. My son and I worked on it this week and removed the silicone. We used a product called Sikaflex 1a, good stuff, sticks well to aluminum. We also installed a new water heater and used it to seal the outer edge of the heater, flows real smooth under the finger and gives a smooth finish.
wasagachris; I like the limo tint idea. There is a new mirrored tint that would look good and match the polished aluminum.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:15 PM   #32
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Zep, try WD-40. Seems to break down that gasket goo pretty well!
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:36 PM   #33
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Since I'm in the thick of this remodeling, it was right there in the front of my brain! Don't work harder, work smarter is my motto, but this Airstream seems to be making me work hard anyway!
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:37 AM   #34
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I now own Clecos, help with oval windows

hey all,
I found no way to easily pull out the broken glass and reinstal new glass in my two "stack" lower port windows. My 1970 has a full frame with a gasket for each on the single pane outer windows. I drilled out all of the rivets, seperated the two oval frames (held with the help of a split pin) and had new glass cut and put in the frames.
At present, I have the two windows back in place with clecos, about 50 in each. But wanted to get some input from any one on any sort of pattern to use when installing the new rivets? I got the the lesson late and only hear the part about starting long runs from the middle of the run. How about circles? or Ovals rather? I'll post some pics from this project in the morning.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:41 AM   #35
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hey all,
I found no way to easily pull out the broken glass and reinstal new glass in my two "stack" lower port windows. My 1970 has a full frame with a gasket for each on the single pane outer windows. I drilled out all of the rivets, seperated the two oval frames (held with the help of a split pin) and had new glass cut and put in the frames.
At present, I have the two windows back in place with clecos, about 50 in each. But wanted to get some input from any one on any sort of pattern to use when installing the new rivets? I got the the lesson late and only hear the part about starting long runs from the middle of the run. How about circles? or Ovals rather? I'll post some pics from this project in the morning.
Start in the middle, and go both ways. Kind of like torquing lug nuts on a tire, but different.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:32 PM   #36
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Stack or oval side window replacement

Copy that, sounds logical.
Start at top center, work both ways outward to the curve, back down again both sides, and back to center, equal torque sort of, but different...got it.
Man I wish I had the other type of frames, where a clip holds the window in...Thanks Overlander!
So what are these windows called by Airstream? I know the upper oval /curved windows are Vista View, what are these?
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:35 AM   #37
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Got a rivet shaver?

Hey all,
Both of the new (stack side oval) windows are back in, rivets in place...anyone have a spare rivet shaver for sale?
Overall, the job went well...happy with the work, thanks for the tips. Between this forum and our recent 4CU vintage ralley, it's all fixable!
Now, on to the window rebuilds.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:22 PM   #38
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Window Tinting

After a two week delay the tint shop came today and tinted all my windows except the wing windows. I will tint those later once I can remove them and clean them up. Now that all the vista views and stack windows are done I can start to re-install them. Tommorrow I will re-install the inner pane on all my lift up windows. The inner pane is lexan and removes from the main window assembly by removing screws. I had to scrape off all the factory tint that was applied to the inside of the outer pane and thoroughly clean up the glass and frame. The PO had tinted the lexan and it was a terrible job to remove that tint and all the glue. Several hours on each lexan with a soft cloth and goo gone to clean off the glue. I then installed new gasket between the inner and outer panes. I used a closed cell foam in gray available from Homer Depot. It fits great and really seals the two panes. I snapped a few quick pics tonight from the outside. The inside of the trailer is a lot darker and cooler now with the new tint. Looks cool. I will take some new pics from inside tomorrow once the inner panes are installed.
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Finally Done!!!!!

Whew The vista views are finally back in. I won`t try this again. Extremely difficult to re-install VV`s and keep the inner plexi pane. I had to reattach the plexi to the glass with preshimmed butyl and clamp each one until the butyl would hold the plexi in the shape of the curved glass. Then the complete unit had to be installed in the frame using urethane sealant to seal it to the frame. Once the unit was past the plastic shroud and into the fram and shimmed up the metal trim ring was reinstalled. Very tough to put the trim ring back in but doable. They look great and I hope the hold their seal. Time will tell.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:02 PM   #40
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well, it may have been hard work, but nice job!
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Nice job! I wish mine looked as good! Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Great job wchris! Love the way the tint looks from outside, can't wait to see what it does to the view outside.
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