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Old 04-11-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Shattering Window

So, there we are, ambling down the interstate when husband, glancing at his side view mirror, says, "What the heck?" We pull over and there are two extension rods where a window pane used to be. Screen still intact, no damage to the side of the AS - just bits of glass still screwed into the top bracket and the extension rods. Fortunately, we only have to replace the pane, but it makes one wonder: What can happen as you are driving along that shatters one window (that is securely fastented) without damaging anything else? The trailer flexes but the windows don't? A tiny unseen crack makes the thing explode when bouncing down the road? One, well-placed rock?
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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I had a 69 trailer lose 5 windows when I delivered it to Calif from Indiana. The cause in that case turned out to be a broken frame rail at the rear of the trailer causing stress.
Not likely on one as new as yours. Sometimes a small impact, stone etc. will cause them to shatter. If you have another failure after you fix this one then it is time for concern
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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In March we bought a new 25'International Serenity and parked it next to our garage near the house. Haven't used it yet. Yesterday we walked out to find a window blown out like an explosion from the inside. None of the windows had ever been opened! The only thing we can imagine was that it was so airtight that a change in barometric pressure forced it out? Help? Thoughts? No way any vandalism or blowing rocks etc could have hit it...no glass inside. The screen was perfect but the black brackets were twisted and wrenched and the glass flew for 12 feet.
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In March we bought a new 25'International Serenity and parked it next to our garage near the house. Haven't used it yet. Yesterday we walked out to find a window blown out like an explosion from the inside. None of the windows had ever been opened! The only thing we can imagine was that it was so airtight that a change in barometric pressure forced it out? Help? Thoughts? No way any vandalism or blowing rocks etc could have hit it...no glass inside. The screen was perfect but the black brackets were twisted and wrenched and the glass flew for 12 feet.
Airstream uses tempered glass.

A nick from a grain of sand is enough to pierce the surface of the temper.

Then all you need is a temperature change, and BANG, there it went.

Glass is covered by your insurance.

Most windows are very easy to replace, especially the ones that open.
A selling dealer can tell you how to make the installation.

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We had this same event TWICE on separate RS windows on our 2007 Safari FB. These windows are frameless and are tempered. After the second one shattered, I eased the tension on the latches and haven't had a repeat. My guess is that they were tight to prevent leakage but when they break, the leakage is a smaller problem.
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