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Old 08-12-2008, 02:18 PM   #29
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Confusion here. I am appealing to Inland Andy to straighten this out.
First if I am correct the term Vista View only applies to the overhead windows that are placed in the curved portion of the roof above the opening windows. They were all set in rounded rectangular frames (sashes). I do not know if the actual glass panes were all rounded corners or some (replacements?) may have been square cornered if that would still fit the sash?
They came in different lengths 18", 30" and 40" in 1974, single glass + the plexi inner liner held in with the aluminum rectangular ring.
The glass was tinted with an applied film on the inner side.
I assume they were the same widths. I assume the different lengths corresponded somehow with the trailer length/model.
I assume that the outer glass was either safety or tempered.
I know the outer glass was concaved.

These Vista Views are not to be confused with the FIXED WINDOWS that are similar in shape only.These are located below the Opening Windows.
I believe some folks mistakenly call these vista views and cause confusion here on the forums.
I assume the Fixed window near the door is the most often broken, as people break it to gain entry (they hope) when locked out. Or thieves break it trying to get in for crime.
These also came in the 3 lengths like the Vista Views. But I don't know if they had the inner liner and the snap ring. Also I don't think the glass was concaved.
Prob many of these have been replaced with plexi outer.

I know that sometime in the 70s the Vistas went to the double glass sandwich,film tinted inside the outer pane.

Is it possible that menormy and Ganglin quoted above are speaking of the lower FIXED windows?
If not perhaps there have been more than two forms of the Vista Views or they are dealing with an after-market make do jury-rigging?

Inland Andy Help please.

Also Andy what exactly is still available? How bout the snap rings?
and does the Vista View have to be concaved to seal properly? And will a square cornerd replacement pane work at all?

What about replacement parts for the FIXED Windows?

thanks
What year vista view windows are you referring to?

Different years used different types.

67 and 68 vista view as well as the stack windows, had ":square corners.

From 69 and up they are all radius corners.

Vista view windows are "above" an opening window.

Stack windows are "below" an opening window.

In some of the newer models, Airstream has installed several "stack" windows on the sides of the trailer.

All vista view and stack windows, as installed by Airstream, had tempered glass on the exterior.

Some had plastic on the interior, and some had tempered glass on the interior as well.

Andy
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:32 PM   #30
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Vista View question,

where could I find the metal pull "tab" that you hold when you slide the vista view slider up and down? It looks like a small rotary switch maybe from a light switch?
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:45 PM   #31
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Vista View question,

where could I find the metal pull "tab" that you hold when you slide the vista view slider up and down? It looks like a small rotary switch maybe from a light switch?
That is not what Airstream built.

They used a long horizontal bar, the same as they used on the tambour doors.

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Old 08-12-2008, 03:25 PM   #32
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Andy,
I may not be describing this correctly, let me try again. The window is above our tilt out window. This fixed window has a "sun shield" that is made of the same material as our ceiling. This "sun shield" has two machine screws that has a little nut on the end that allows you to pull or push the sunshield up or down. I have lost one of these nuts and have been unsuccessful so far in finding a replacement. Below is a photo of the sunshade in the open position
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:40 PM   #34
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I have expanded your photo and caqn see the knobs you are referring to.

I have never known Airstream to install any knobs like that.

The handles were alway the same as they used on the tambour doors.

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:56 PM   #35
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I have the tambour pulls on my 76 Vista-view windows. Well, at least where they are still in place. Some have nothing left to open and close them; however, you can apply pressure and just slide them up and down. We thought we would love these windows, BUT they let in a lot of heat and are so messed up that you can't see out of them at night so we keep the shades closed now. This Winter I'm going to be brave and break out the inner window and try to clean them up and replace the shade handles to make them usable again. Probably will add sun screening for Summer use.
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I have the tambour pulls on my 76 Vista-view windows. Well, at least where they are still in place. Some have nothing left to open and close them; however, you can apply pressure and just slide them up and down. We thought we would love these windows, BUT they let in a lot of heat and are so messed up that you can't see out of them at night so we keep the shades closed now. This Winter I'm going to be brave and break out the inner window and try to clean them up and replace the shade handles to make them usable again. Probably will add sun screening for Summer use.
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There are pictures in my album that show the sequence. FWIW mine are clear, but do add heat in the summer. I solved that issue by putting a piece of Reflectix in the opening and then closing the cover on it. Works great in the summer, but I can still open them when I want and just toss the Reflectix into one of the storage bins.

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Here are some photos of how my windows came out with the Stained glass film. You have to use the thick stuff so that none of the fog shows up. I would love to clean them out some day but they donít leak and I donít want to take a chance during the rainy season. But the look really nice might become all the rage
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