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Old 08-13-2002, 12:43 PM   #15
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I don't mean to harp on the window replacement, but ALL of my double pane windows are in bad shape (door, vista views, and front corner windows). I'm trying to determine which windows I can reasonably repair. Any advice/suggestions/ideas would be appreciated. I've read a lot about "fixing" the vista views, but nothing about the complexity of the door window or front corner windows...
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Old 08-13-2002, 04:12 PM   #16
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The instructions to repair the other windows carry too much liability for a dealer. Secondly, you won't find the gaskets. When you take yours apart, you will have destroyed that gasket.
Take one apart and let the rest of know how much time you took etc., to put it back in place. And will your gasket stand the test of time?
There are some things, Craig, that a person should accept. Rebuilding a double pane window cannot be done, easily. If it could then I am sure many others would have posted that information.
This subject can go on and on, but the bottom line is no one wants to do it, and no has done it. We have, but we will not share any information with anyone, where there is any chance that they can damage that part or hurt themselves, and blame us for it. We know that no one would do that, but they have. We have better things to do with our time.
In California, it's called CYA.
Ask any California attorney.

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Old 08-15-2002, 07:44 PM   #17
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Andy,

After much effor reseaching into what is available and looking all over the US, I have found one NOS wing window frame to fit my Excella 500 on the curb side, with the double pane glass. It was buried in a warehouse but is available to me. It's about $100 more than the $250 for a single pane replacement window from Airstream. This single pane window is now available only in Solar Gray, I'm told. I was also told by another dealer that the reason they went to single pane glass for the replacement windows was due to problems with moisture getting trapped between the double panes of glass and no way to get it out, and that the single pane glass on the new replacements is thicker than the original glass that was used so insulation is not compromised. Now I am asking myself it I should get the new double pane glass replacement wing window that I found, or the newer single pane glass. I'm concerned also about the Solar Gray color, since I would like to match the other side's wing window, which is original double pane glass. Is the Solar Gray color of the new single pane glass a dark grey, which will not match the color of the original road side wing window glass?

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Old 08-16-2002, 06:56 AM   #18
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Charles,
I, for one, would go for the single pane if for no other reason than to never have to worry about moisture between the panes again like I have now. Do you have a good handle on removing an replacing the window frame? I'm looking for any advice out there regarding the process and difficulty.
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Old 08-16-2002, 09:03 AM   #19
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Charles.

The solar gray is not very dark. Perhaps just a shade darker than auto glass solar gray.
Instructions on "how to" are in all the service mauals.


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Old 08-16-2002, 09:22 AM   #20
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Charles,
I would go with the double for the original look, and it should last as long as the ones in there now right? 25 or so years will be a while before you have change it again and the single ones will still be available. Good luck with your decision. One thing I started doing years ago with my old 50's cars is buying parts I knew were no longer made but did'nt need and stashing them in the garage as you never know when you'll need it.

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John,

I think I am going to go with the double pane glass replacement, as you say for the original look, since it look so long to find and I don't think there is another NOS one anywhere. I am afraid the single glass solar grey will not match the window on the other side. I am going to have this installed by a dealer, since I have determined that the riveting is beyond my abilities and I dont have the time or tools to do it right.

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