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Old 02-08-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Vista View Windows

I've searched the other discussions on vista view windows,
fortunately mine seem to be better than most
mine are leaking, but since I've remove all the interior skin i might have a better perspective
here is my idea
I have removed the aluminum trim ring which I suppose is secure the plexiglass and glass ti the c channel ring that the windows reside in
The Plexiglass just about fell into my hands, and now the exterior glass is loose
I've left the glass in place even though they need to be removed and cleaned
here is my proposal
i wont be re-installing the plexiglass
Ill remove the glass from the c channel, and re apply sealant
then ill place the glass and the trim ring into the c channel
to secure the glass I propose to drill the c channel from the inside say every 6 inches on the inside and use a 1/4 inch set screw with a nut
this will press into the trim ring and force the window glass into the sealant
based on all I've seen here for solutions this seem logical to me. but as always Im looking for opinions
thanks for letting me chat

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Old 02-08-2015, 09:33 PM   #2
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Hi, Screwing into the oval Vista view window extrusion will do nothing to create more support for your window. There is nothing behind the aluminum to screw in to. All of the support for the window comes from the exterior (and to some extent interior) skins and the rivets that hold them in place.

I recently had the same issue with leaking from my windows and pulled them to discover that when they were installed the outside flange was bedded with some kind of high density foam tape then I guess after they stuck it in place the rivets were put through to create the water tight seal. The tape had shrunk and cracked just enough sometime over the years and that turned out to be my primary source of my leaks. The water traveled down the cracks and came out around the edge of the glass.

I spent a long time to get every last bit of the old seal off the window frame and the trailer and rebedded the windows in Sitkaflex221 using the necessary Olympic rivets to create a watertight seal

In one window though it was indeed my seal that was the issue and for that one I just taped off the aluminum and the glass leaving a little over and 8th of an inch gap and applied a bead of grey SitkaFlex221 all the way around the window.

Also check for loose rivets. It is stunning how much water comes through the tinyest of gaps.

Oh and another silly leak that drove me nuts for a bit was my front wing window kept leaking after it was pulled and rebedded then then the glass was sealed, it turned out the problem was actually a leaky rivet high up in my end cap. The leak followed the upper curvature of the cap right until it hit the upper edge of the window and came through there in what I thought was a leaky window. But I can tell you that window has had so much attention now it will never leak :-)

Good luck

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Old 03-14-2015, 12:42 PM   #3
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Has anyone removed the old Vista View double pane windows and replaced them with the new single pane like these.

Vista window curved 32x10
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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They just got a new glazing strip in at Vintage trailer supply that looks promising. I just ordered some of this for my 69's wing window. The fellow at VTS says people have been using it for Vista views but no one has reviewed it on their site yet so he is not sure how they fit yet.

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