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Old 07-08-2004, 01:11 PM   #1
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talk to me about windows.

We have a 1967 A/S Tradewind, all corning windows intact except for one, and one is plastic which I think works fine.

Here's my question: are there replacements for corning windows that work well, so we can sell the ones we have and stop worrying about them breaking out? Sorry for you purists; but we lost one on the road and it just seemed like a huge waste of money to look at the shards all over the inside...and I'm just tossing this out as a newbie. If cornings should stay, how do we make them better? I can take pictures of them and post, as always if need be. I'm under the impression there's a curvature problem in getting window replacements.

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Old 07-08-2004, 01:20 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what the market would be for them. But I honestly thing something happens to the windows after 30 years. Expecially the ones that do not open. On my trailer and I have heard of others, they seem to just shatter going down the road.

Does something happen to them that makes them brittle after so many years?

I had to replace my front two wrap windows with lexan as they were busted out when I purchased the trailer.

The replacement turned out OK, but I could do a much better job now that I have a little experience.
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Old 07-08-2004, 01:21 PM   #3
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I too am interested in this "exploding windows" phenomena, since we have a '66. Does anyone know what this is and why?

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Old 07-08-2004, 01:57 PM   #4
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My trailer has one plastic window. The glass that was there broke while travelling down the road with the previous owner. I've talked to others who've had the same thing happen. I have also thought about PinkFlamingoes plan to just go ahead and replace the windows with plastic, but I've heard the lexan replacements don't seal well until they 'take a set' to the curve of the window frame.

I think having one break while travelling would really ruin your trip! I'm STILL finding broken glass in my Caravel!
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Old 07-08-2004, 02:18 PM   #5
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Does anyone know what this is and why?
I'm no expert and I don't have Corning Glass windows. However, I would imagine there are several factors that contribute to their tendency to break. As trailers sit over their years of neglect 'things settle'...

1. Old tires get out of round
2. Metal fatigues, frames droop
3. Axles bow or sag
4. As glass ages it becomes more brittle

As you 'wake up' these trailers from years of storage and take them on the road again, they flex and jostle around...and glass is not flexible, especially the frameless Corning windows.

Most people just want to get their 'new baby's home before starting work on running gear repairs...allot of window 'blow-outs occur on the way to their new homes...sometimes the first time these oldies have been moved in 10+ years.

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Old 07-08-2004, 03:00 PM   #6
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If you do decide to sell your original glass, you'll find a ready market for it!

I would not rush to plastic until you need to, just because of the work involved in replacing the glass, and the fact that the plastic doesn't work as well (because of the curvature issue).

But that latter problem may soon be solved. I am making a mold to permanently bend Lexan windows to the exact curvature needed (with the application of high heat in an oven). If the technique works, I'll offer the solution to anyone who want to make their own bent plastic windows. Stay tuned.

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That does sound interesting, Rich.

I'm not sure I buy the 'sitting in neglect' theory, Shari. My trailer lost a window after years of regular use. Though I considered that age-related issues, like flex could have been involved. My trailer took an annual trip to AK, and we've all heard stories about how rough the roads are there. Brittleness may also enter into it.

Either way, when they go they bust into many many tiny pieces, and they get everywhere! I know this from the fine pieces I keep finding in the trailer. What happens to the majority of the window? If it safety glass of any sort, or does it break into jagged shards?

A recent discussion of this on the VAC list led to some members suggesting a layer of window tinting film on the inside could protect the trailer from getting showered in glass if a break did occur.
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I too am interested in this "exploding windows" phenomena, since we have a '66. Does anyone know what this is and why?
I remember reading a tale of a new Airstreamer transporting his "new" vintage trailer down the road, and having, I believe, the forward & two front windows explode. In his case, he was travelling in the dead of winter. In his particular case, I decided his windows were literally frozen in place, and could not flex with the rest of his new project.

Ever notice that Andy has repeatedly mentioned the importance of spraying silicone spray on your window seals on a regular basis? My '67 owners manual mentions the same thing. I think the spray is more to keep your windows from sticking to the gasket than it is to keep the rubber in good shape. Once the windows cannot flex, they break.

I think a lot of people may be going down the road with windows stuck in place due to dried gunk, and the windows cannot flex with the rest of the trailer. Aluminum does not mind a bit of flex. Tempered glass is not as tolerant.

This is all my opinion. But I have thought about it a lot. Devil's advocates are highly encouraged to contribute to this post.

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That's a good idea. I noticed after a winter of sitting, my windows were stuck to the gaskets when I went to open them. I hadn't seen the recommendations to silicone the gaskets, but I think I will go do so now

That would be a bummer to lose three windows at once on your new vintage toy!
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I'm not sure I buy the 'sitting in neglect' theory, Shari. My trailer lost a window after years of regular use.
I'm not suggesting that every trailer that a has a broken or replaced window sits neglected...of course, some windows just get broken from road debris...after 30+ years, it's bound to happen, we all start 'breaking down' after 30.

I guess what I meant by my earlier post, was before alot of them are sold...they are neglected by the PO, which is what prompted the sale in the first place.

How many times have we heard '...it's been stored in a barn unused for the last 10 years since my father died' or 'it might need new tires...they are 10 years old and cracked...but I just drove 500+ miles on them so they must be okay' or 'I just want to get it home before I start fixin' things'?

We've all heard the stories...

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If you do decide to sell your original glass, you'll find a ready market for it!

I would not rush to plastic until you need to, just because of the work involved in replacing the glass, and the fact that the plastic doesn't work as well (because of the curvature issue).

But that latter problem may soon be solved. I am making a mold to permanently bend Lexan windows to the exact curvature needed (with the application of high heat in an oven). If the technique works, I'll offer the solution to anyone who want to make their own bent plastic windows. Stay tuned.

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Please be sure to post any positive results on the Lexan curvature experiment...we've got so much work to do on this thing it couldn't possibly add that much more time to the project! I'm interested!!!

Oh and it's nice sort of, to hear that maybe there wasn't that much more we could do about the window breaking, and that it's fairly common so to speak. It also means we had pretty good luck on all the other windows, which, except for one plastic one, are all corning.
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How many times have we heard '...it's been stored in a barn unused for the last 10 years since my father died' or 'it might need new tires...they are 10 years old and cracked...but I just drove 500+ miles on them so they must be okay' or 'I just want to get it home before I start fixin' things'?

We've all heard the stories...

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Yes, whenever I see that I always think it's probably not the 'time capsule' they try to make it sound like. I'd much prefer to buy one that's being used regularly. The PO of my trailer moved up to a bigger one, same with the Bambi I breifly owned. Both were in excellent working order. But I have great admiration for those who dive in and bring one back from the brink too!

I just went out and put silicone on all my window gaskets. Now I might go look for some window tinting film. I'm glad you brought this up, Pink, I've been thinking about this for some time, and I'd like to take care of it before the big trip to CO!
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Oh and it's nice sort of, to hear that maybe there wasn't that much more we could do about the window breaking, and that it's fairly common so to speak. It also means we had pretty good luck on all the other windows, which, except for one plastic one, are all corning.
Ingrid, there are a few things to do to help prevent broken Corning windows, but it seems that, well, if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. Applying window tint to the inside of the window is a good idea to help keep the "blast zone" to a minimum, but you still would have a broken window. Maybe replacing the weatherstripping around the windows would help some, it sure couldn't hurt.
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Ingrid, there are a few things to do to help prevent broken Corning windows, but it seems that, well, if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. Applying window tint to the inside of the window is a good idea to help keep the "blast zone" to a minimum, but you still would have a broken window. Maybe replacing the weatherstripping around the windows would help some, it sure couldn't hurt.
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Yeah that's kind of what I figure, and since I don't care whether the windows are original/corning or not, just that they work, don't leak and look allright, I'd rather sell the cornings and get a little $$$ for a new polisher or something instead of worrying about them breaking. We are going to fix this boy up nice but we do want to use it!
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