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Old 01-12-2006, 04:32 PM   #1
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Greetings all, we decided to try winter camping up in the Adirondacks of New York. When we arrived we noticed that one of the porthole windows on the streetside had shattered. It must have been done by some sort of stress on the window. The dealer says he has seen it happen before but I am wondering if any of you have run into this before and is this something that I can look forward to again? Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:36 PM   #2
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Wow, I thought this would be another thread about our old Corning windows breaking. I'm shocked to see a broken window on an 05! Glad it didn't open up all the way and really cause you trouble. Will that be fixed under warrenty?
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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Hello Stephanie, when I called the dealer he said that it would be covered under warranty. But for me the big thing is it not happening again. You're right, if it had opened up completely it would have ruined our trip and really made heating a problem . As you can see there is plenty of cold weather around.
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How long is you window factory warranty?

If the dealer has seen this happen before is Airstream offering any supplemental window warranty to address this problem? If this is occurring prematurely, what assurance do you have that you won't be footing the bill when the next one breaks (should that happen)?
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One man's opinion

Travel trailers are, for the most part, good for three seasons out of the year. Depending on your particular climate, you may be able to camp four seasons a year, but towing is a different matter.

Airstreams flex as they go down the road. Three seasons of the year, this is not an issue. But in cold weather, materials are not as resilient as they could be. Window gaskets pop immediately to mind. Rubber gets hard as the temperature goes down.

Airstream's literature does NOT say "Don't tow in cold weather", and as a consequence, I think they will continue to replace any broken glass while the unit is under warranty. After that, Tin Can is on his/her own.

Like Stephanie, I thought I was about to read a thread dealing with Airstreams closer in age to mine. But what happened to Tin Can could happen to anyone.

But karma & kudos to Tin Can for going out in the snow ; Even though I have a 4WD Silverado, I'm not sure I would do that for fun.

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Ouch! That smarts!

Tin Can, It might also have been caused by something thrown up off the road surface by another vehicle! But, of coarse, we can't be sure that it wasn't poor installation from the factory or a flaw in the glass from the manufacturer. Great that the dealer will cover it under warranty though. Sorry it happened to you but good to hear it didn't affect your trip too much. Let us know how you fair with the repair. Ed
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... It might also have been caused by something thrown up off the road surface ...
Doubt it - No point of impact visible in the pic. No credentials, but it looks like a uniform twist crack to me.

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Greetings all, well Diane and I just pulled in to home after dropping our AS off at the dealer. After inspecting the window in question he said that it was probably just poor quality glass or faulty installation from the factory. I don't think it broke from something picked up on the road as there is no point of impact visible.Additionally, the day of travel to the campsite it was 50 degrees out so I am not sure that cold weather was a cause also. Time will tell. Overall we had a great time. The wildlife and scenery were great and spending time alone with the wife made this trip more than worthwhile.
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The dealer says he has seen it happen before but I am wondering if any of you have run into this before and is this something that I can look forward to again? Thanks for any input.
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Interesting. A new International at the local RV show shattered on Thursday night. It wasn't hit and the trailer had been transported and placed in the convention center on Tuesday. The dealer also noted that they had seen this happen before. This was the first time I have seen or heard of this.

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Interesting. Is that an undulation in the window frame on the top edge, about 1/2 to 2/3 or the way back away from the camera? If so, that may be the stress point that caused the break.
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Interesting. A new International at the local RV show shattered on Thursday night. It wasn't hit and the trailer had been transported and placed in the convention center on Tuesday. The dealer also noted that they had seen this happen before. This was the first time I have seen or heard of this.

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Which window was it Jack? I have a theory. I was thinking about how the 31' Classic is put together. I notice that the front top half on the streetside is all windows. Structurallly this would be the weakest point and the area with the most flex of the body. I would say that there may be a possibility that may have caused the window to break. It was in this area. Not sure, just theory. I hope I am wrong.
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Interesting. Is that an undulation in the window frame on the top edge, about 1/2 to 2/3 or the way back away from the camera? If so, that may be the stress point that caused the break.
Overlander63, I think that may be just be my poor photographic abilities. The frame looks uniform all the way around.
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From the view I can see it looks like a safety glass that breaks into small uniform pieces. I've seen this happen without showing any impact spot. It can be temperature, a blow from a blunt or sharp address or vibration.

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From the view I can see it looks like a safety glass that breaks into small uniform pieces. I've seen this happen without showing any impact spot. It can be temperature, a blow from a blunt or sharp address or vibration.

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Correct you are Tin Lizzie. I guess the next question would be what exactly caused it and will it happen again.

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