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Old 03-01-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Vista View Windows.. this can't be right

Took out the vista view windows (double pain. glass on outside plexiglass on inside), cleaned the glass up, bought new plexiglass.

This just doesn't seem to add up.

1) outside.. curved shell, curved glass. good.
2) inside.. flat casement (flat retainer ring), flat plexiglass. good.

3) Where they meet.. curved against flat.. not good.

Seems like there will be a gap somewhere.. either between the glass and the plexiglass at the ends, or, if the plexiglass is curved like the window, there will be a gap at the ends of the glass where the flat retainer ring is.

What am I missing here?

Thanks in advance..
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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Looks like maybe you have a stack window inside pane, and a vista view outside pane. Stack windows are flat, vista views are curved.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:27 PM   #3
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That doesn't really answer.
If the vista view windows have curved plexiglass on the inside (as I explained above) then there will be a gap on the ends on the inside where the retainer ring is flat.
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Daniel although the shell is curved the vv frame is not. You will need to build up the frame with vulkem to seat the glass into the frame. The glass will be closer to the vv frame at the midway point between top and bottom on the sides. try to get the spacing on the bottom to match the spacing on the top.The plexi and the retaining ring will conform to the glass curve once installed. I needed to clamp the plexi to the glass and leave it for a few days so that the butyl would grab the plexi and hold it in place before reinstalling the two sandwiched panes back into the frame.The plexi will have to been manipulated into the shape of the glass before clamping together. Start along the top edge and line it up, clamp it together then curve the plexi downward to match the glass and clamp the sides then clamp the bottom edges together.
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Thanks Chris. I thought that their might have been some great design innovation that I was missing. It's just a poor design.
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Daniel what's up with the don't be like tim thing?
BTW I just figured out what you were talking about in the other thread calling me "the smart guy". It's the new avitar right? Shuffle the letters around and they spell airstream, or in the case of your backwards pics maertsria.
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Daniel there are little rubber spacers that go under the windows to keep the glass raised up off the bottom of the window frame. Did you find yours or did the PO remove and dispose of them?
BTW you never did tell about the VV you bought on E-bay. How is it?
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:15 PM   #8
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I was going to say I agree with Homer..
On another thread Tim said "do it right the first time, don't be like me".
On another thread the guy with the dog avitar I said "I agree with the dog"
My new avitar is Neanderthal man.
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I have maybe half of the rubber spacers. I was thinking if nothing else put some slices of wood in there.

The window is cool. Doesn't fit my trailer, but it is worth having for sure. I was wondering what those little round things were inside, but I read on a thread that they are their to absorb moisture. Very educational too!
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The PO emailed me yesterday said that he had some more stuff for me. The U shaped pieces for the outside that fit on the ends of the rub rail? At the front of the big blue stripe? And the handle end things for the windows. Awesome.

I got the tail light assemblies tacked in tonight. The little rivets seem to work well. I never did find any plastic for the inside gasket. I'll have to make something to help with support there before I put any more rivets in.
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I liked the dapper dan avitar you were using a while back.
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