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Old 12-01-2007, 10:15 PM   #1
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Replacing (plexi) glass in '69 Safari

My '69 Safari has several windows where the PO put some nasty plexiglas in place of the original glass. I'd like to replace this with new Lexan (or comparable) but how do I go about removing the plexi from the aluminum frame after I've removed the windows? I'd prefer to use the original frames if possible, just put in new Lexan. I know Inland RV stocks it, I just don't know how to put it in. thanks,

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Old 12-02-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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Hi Rick,

Call the folks at Inland RV. They are very, very helpful and will get you the information you need.

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Old 12-02-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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If you buy the right thickness, it will simply slip into the channel. If you use polycarbonate (Lexan) make sure you do not use a solvent containing caulking compound to seal around the edge. Polycarbonate is very sensitive to some solvents and can become brittle or crack. Latex type caulk would work but a thin rubber gasket, like used on the original slip in glass is best. For windows prior to 65 with the plastic retainer strips, a strip of double sticky adhesive tape could be used between the metal and the Lexan.
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Fotochop, did you repair that window yet? I been trying to take the frame apart and no luck so far. Your's might be easier since it has been replaced by your previous owner.
Anyone been there done that and want to share some tips?
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My '69 Safari has several windows where the PO put some nasty plexiglas in place of the original glass. I'd like to replace this with new Lexan (or comparable) but how do I go about removing the plexi from the aluminum frame after I've removed the windows? I'd prefer to use the original frames if possible, just put in new Lexan. I know Inland RV stocks it, I just don't know how to put it in. thanks,

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The Lexan we stock is for 1966, 67 and 68 windows, and has a special abrasion resistance coating on each side.

Taking old window frames apart is not easy, in part because 1/2 of the hinge must also be removed.

Putting them back together again, becomes a challenge.

The steel joiner plate at the top and bottom are normally very rusty. To get them to slide back into place, is near impossible.

Then there is the matter of using very small buck rivets to reinstall the hinge at the top.

Should you manage to get the frame back together, you will find that it flexes considerably at the bottom.

Finding a source for the inner gray gasket, is still a mystery.

Then you must also complete the job by install a new outer gasket.

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Old 02-01-2008, 05:27 PM   #6
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Do it right

Why don't you just replace them with glass. Its not curvy Corning. Should be easy...unless your talking about the front "D" windows.
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #7
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I agree, my front center window has plexi in it, and the bottom half they originally removed to put it in broke loose just after we got it home. I made some temporary "L"'s for inside the channel to keep the trailer secure and water tight since its only sitting in the driveway. With every one of my clamps and straps I couldn't get the window frame edges tight back together.

My only wish is that AS made the glass still in clear because I really don't want to go solar gray and I really don't want to have to tint or replace the other windows to match. In the meantime I'm looking for used/new old stock that will match. Guy on ebay greatlakesestore I think has some 69 windows and other 69 parts. His prices are really high but takes best offers and hasn't ever turned me down on an offer yet. His communication isn't great (best to call him on the number listed on the auctions) then do the transaction but everything has been as advertised and he's been ok to work with.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:11 PM   #8
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Any good automotive....most residential....glass company will have and install (if you want) tempered or safety glass. It comes in clear. Its not a big deal.'Its the corning of 66, 67 and 68 that you need special suppliers, which we have here, and special installation instructions...also provided.
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Fotochop,

I have the same problem as you in my 1968 Tradewind.

Some of the windows in my trailer have the orginal glass Corning glass with the correct chrome trim. Everything seals properly.

Some of the windows are replacement lexan with no trim. The lexan with no trim bows and flexes out at the bottom, allowing water in.

The Corning glass is thicker thand the lexan replacements. Thus the same size sealing tape does not work on both.

The replacement Corning glass is very expensive, about $300.00 a window, from Vintage Supply or Andy's.

I'm replacing my lexan windows with Corning glass a window at a time as I have extra money.

Keep in mind that the chrome trim you purchase is thicker for the corning glass.
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Fotochop,

I have the same problem as you in my 1968 Tradewind.

Some of the windows in my trailer have the orginal glass Corning glass with the correct chrome trim. Everything seals properly.

Some of the windows are replacement lexan with no trim. The lexan with no trim bows and flexes out at the bottom, allowing water in.

The replacement Corning glass is very expensive, about $300.00 a window, from Vintage Supply or Andy's.
Our most expensive tempered glass window for the 66, 67 and 68 trailers, is $150.00, not $300.00 as you quoted.

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Old 02-01-2008, 11:42 PM   #11
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KeithC, I bought all new glass for my '67 from Steve H. at VintagetrailerSupply.com except for the front and rear windows. Those I had made in 1/8th inch heat tempered from my local glass shop. As you know from your '68 they are 39.5" x 20.5" and I got both for $100.00. The glass that Steve sells is lifetime guaranteed against breakage. So regardless of the cost they are a great deal. The ones Andy from InlandRV.com sells are less expensive and are made to the original Airstream specs. These windows are all heat tempered and that makes them twice as shatter resistant as the original Corning Chemically Tempered ones. Either vendor has a great product and the cost of the glass is more than offset by the better quality. In the case of replacement glass for the '69 trailer all that flat glass should be easy to get from your local glass shop. If the frames are curved then good hunting! Just remember to order heat tempered and ask them about gray seals for around the glass or if they can recommend a newer solution to seal them in your aluminum riveted frames. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed
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The glass that Steve sells is lifetime guaranteed against breakage. So regardless of the cost they are a great deal. The ones Andy from InlandRV.com sells are less expensive and are made to the original Airstream specs. Ed
Ed,

As per the Vintage Trailer's web site, Steve's warranty is one (1) year, not lifetime as you quoted.

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Sorry Andy, I stand corrected.... Mine is with the LT guarantee that I mentioned. I guess Steve rethought that! Still one year is better than nothing... right? Happy Trails, Ed
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Sorry Andy, I stand corrected.... Mine is with the LT guarantee that I mentioned. I guess Steve rethought that! Still one year is better than nothing... right? Happy Trails, Ed

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One year better than nothing?? Perhaps.

That one year warranty for the curved windows from Vintage costs $59.95
and for the flat window, it costs $36.95.

When someone pays any where from 40 percent to almost 53 percent of a purchase price for a one year warranty, that, I think, is paying a lot of money for that warranty.

I think most people would find that to be rather expensive insurance, for one year, or for that matter even for 5 years.

Check out the difference in selling prices yourself.

Quantity purchasing usually results in cheaper selling prices, for most any product.

We purchase that glass in quantities of at least 600 pieces.

Accordingly, we are happy to pass that savings on to our customers.

Additionally, most glass breakage is covered by the trailer insurance policy, or a homeowners policy. So why pay for a warranty at all?

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