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Old 02-16-2003, 11:37 AM   #1
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Angry window question

I came home the other nite and noticed that someone put a BB or pellet through one of my 1976 airstream windows, it was a side window not the front curved one, however it seems to have a slight curve to it also. Anyone have any experience replacing one of these the glass measures 28 1/2 x 20 1/4 is this something that any glass company can replace or is it a factory item. Does anyone have a line on these windows new or used (Andy?)

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Old 02-16-2003, 12:43 PM   #2
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I belive that those would need to be OEM. Either that or you could go with lexan, but it will scratch over time. R&R is easy. Open window, detach lift arms and lift past 90 degrees. It should drop out of the top track. I think Andy has them or can get you one. Another source would be Colaws. Look in the vendor forum for their contact info.
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:46 PM   #3
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I would go for an AS dealer over a glass company. My mh has steel keys (corroded and frozen) between the 2 window frame halves and they were not fun to get out. A good AS body man could do it without tearing up the frame, I am not so sure about a glass shop. They probably don't have the capability to rivet it back in either.

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Glass shops cannot properly replace, just the glass. First of all it's curved and tempered. Secondly, the gasket must be replaced, which is not available at any price from Airstream. I have looked for it for years, to no avail.

Additionally, I seriously doubt that any glass shop would have the proper riveting tools or rivets, so that the sash and glass would be as rigid as original.

Replacement windows are available, from most any dealer, provided they have someone on their staff that is familiar with your trailer.

Also, contact your insurance company. If you don't have insurance on the trailer, then contact your homeowners insurance company.


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Well ok i found a window at the local rv salvage yard they want $200 for it im going to try to replace it with some plexiglass from work first and see what it looks like before i spend the $$$$$ I know im a tightwad. Boy if i ever catch that little SOB (and im not talking about some other brand ) LOL.
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if you can get that window for $200 you may want to buy it!

if not, look here

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I replaced all the acrylite windows on the Argosy Minuet that I used to have. You can carefully separate the frames but watch for the corroded keyways which hold and align the halves. You will need to reuse the gasket, I looked for weeks and never found an exact replacement. I went back with plexiglas which is probably not as scratch resistant as the Acrylite but I think it will hold up well enough. You can put them back together with truss head s.s. screws and acorn locking nuts. Put the truss heads on the side where the gasket glues to and they will work fine.

The trickiest part of your situation is you have no pattern, the window material needs to be exactly the right size or you won't be able to get the frames back together.

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Plexiglass "IS NOT" intended for exterior use.
Granted, it's cheap. As a result of that, the sun will crack and craze it in 30-60 days, gauranteed.
Many others have found that out, the hard way.


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.OK i got it all back together with some lexan it looks pretty good should hold till i save up for the real replacement .by the way chaz thanks for the tips it all came apart pretty well the keyways are in good shape.And as always Andy thanks for your advice sorry just cant afford dealer prices right now. It only took a minute or two to put it back on. When i get the factory one i'll have an emergency spare. Hopefully i wont need it.
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Paul, would you happen to have any photos of the disassembled window?

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I sure dont , but would be more than happy to explain the procedure it was acually quite easy
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