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Old 09-12-2006, 04:49 PM   #1
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Thickness of Window Glass/Lexan

Hello all,

we need to replace the small side window right of the maindoor. Does anybody know how thick the single pane glass on a 1971 Trailer is or how the the lexan used for replacement is?? We are looking for makrolon overhere, which is fairly the same, but we have no clue how thick it has to be and the trailer is 100miles away...

Anybody a clue?

Anybody???

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Old 09-12-2006, 05:02 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure you will need 1/8" or about 3mm. It will also depend on how you mount it, and whether you are using the gasket or not.

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Most likely 3mm glass tempered. But try not to use lexan because after 6 months to a year it will start to yellow and cloud from the sun. Also it scratches easily. Just take it to any glass shop that can perform auto glass.



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Most likely 3mm glass tempered. But try not to use lexan because after 6 months to a year it will start to yellow and cloud from the sun. Also it scratches easily. Just take it to any glass shop that can perform auto glass.



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Our Lexan can be scrubbed with "steel wool" without sustaining any scratches. It's called AR-2.

It also doesn't yellow, or turn to any shade of any other color.

It's .118 inches thick.

Glass window replacements are available.

Replacing glass with Lexan in an opening window can result in a blowout.

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Old 06-13-2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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replace or not

We are looking at replacement windows for our 1982 34 ft AS .... We have water in 2 of them and the seals are gone on 5 others... We are thinking of spending the $$$ ok one more $$ and do it right.. Does any one have any advice... Double glass or not ??? Phone rang Have to go get my wife she makes all the mmmmoney...
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We are looking at replacement windows for our 1982 34 ft AS .... We have water in 2 of them and the seals are gone on 5 others... We are thinking of spending the $$$ ok one more $$ and do it right.. Does any one have any advice... Double glass or not ??? Phone rang Have to go get my wife she makes all the mmmmoney...
Updated window gaskets are available, and easy to install.

All the windows are available in single pane only.

All you need is to provide the width of the windows, other than for wing windows.

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So we can only get single pane windows.( Not Good ) What I think you are saying is if they are not broken just fix them? With the window gaskets.. We have, what looks like glass chips in the bottom of the windows. Is this the glass chipping around the edges?
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So we can only get single pane windows.( Not Good ) What I think you are saying is if they are not broken just fix them? With the window gaskets.. We have, what looks like glass chips in the bottom of the windows. Is this the glass chipping around the edges?
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Not at all.

Those chips are the same thing that you find in small packages of medicine.

They absorb moisture.

For most part, double pane windows were big problems, in time.

The film would get bubbles in it, fade, crumble and the like, as well as collect water and display it as a fish tank, especially the wing windows.

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So cost wise it is just better to change out the gaskets, if I want to keep the double pane windows, to help with the cold weather over single pane? Can you recomand some one in the mid west who is good at this kind of work?
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So cost wise it is just better to change out the gaskets, if I want to keep the double pane windows, to help with the cold weather over single pane? Can you recomand some one in the mid west who is good at this kind of work?
Changing the black gaskets on the backside of opening windows, is a very easy job.

Probably 99 percent of owners change them themselves.

The hardest part, is removing the window from the trailer, which takes all of about 2 minutes.

Instructions come with the gasket materials.

Double pane windows, in thought, should provide a barrier of sorts to cold weather.

"IF" they did that, it would be nice, but the fact is, "they don't".

The same cold weather, also, however slowly, penetrates the entire shell.

Same is true for hot weather.

There are many things in "life" that we all depend on, to do certain things, but scratch the "double pane windows, "off the list".

They really don't do much more than the single pane windows.

Time itself, is the enemy of double pane windows. Heat and cold will penetrate even the walls in your home, which are by far, better insulated than an Airstream could possibly ever be. New style windows for homes that are heat barriers, to a fair degree, have entirely different glass in them.

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I see, you are talking about :" on the backside of opening windows " Would the same thing apply for windows that do not open? I do remember reading in AS forum's about
one guy taking a hammer a breaking the windows outs. I do not remember the whole story, I was reading about this before we bought our 82 34'.

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I'm not sure about the side window you are talking about but in 71 the glass in the wing windows were very thin, about 1/16" inch. Later windows were thicker. From 70 to about 74 the windows are interchangeable but glass thickness will vary including the problematic double pane windows. In 75 the window sizes are the same but the openers are different.
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Smile Window Gaskets

Just replaced 2 of the windows in my 68 Trade Wind. They were plastic and I used new glass. Took a lot longer than planned due to time needed to remove all the various "sealers" the PO had applied trying to stop leaks. A new gasket would have done more than 2 lbs. of goop. After lots to trying with various solvents and steel wool pads and scrapers I found the best way to remove the old adhesive and remnants of the gaskets was a small wire wheel in my Dremel tool. They also have a scotchbrite type wheel that works well to finish up. After removing all the funk, just clean the surface with lacquer thinner to remove any traces of dust and oil. I used the gaskets from Andy, they were so sticky that I only used adhesive in the bottom corners. We have had two big rains since and the windows don't leak.

Just be prepared that if you have a lot of really old gasket glue and sealants, it will take a while. But come to think of it, EVERYTHING on an A/S takes a while, at least for me.
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I see, you are talking about :" on the backside of opening windows " Would the same thing apply for windows that do not open? I do remember reading in AS forum's about
one guy taking a hammer a breaking the windows outs. I do not remember the whole story, I was reading about this before we bought our 82 34'.

THANKS Again: Andy

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Non opening windows are sealed whn they are installed in the shell.

The only thing you can do with them, is to apply a bead of Vulkem sealer over the gray gasket.

We do not recommend breaking out" an inner window. You will have a job cleaning up all the small pieces of glass.

Then you remove the gasket that's between the 2 panes, nothing will hold the outer glass in place, until you install something.

That something, is not available from Airstream.

To me, breaking out the inner window is not wise, but a few owners have done it.

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