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Old 05-27-2007, 12:09 AM   #1
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Window shatters on our new 2007

We've had our 2007 International for four weeks now, and are not having good luck. We were just closing up the small window over the head of the bed. The window stuck on the right side and we were trying to lift the lever when suddenly the entire window shattered into a million pieces. Has anyone experienced this?
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Hello sparkygus -- Your avatar picture suggests you have a 25' FB. Small window at the head of the bed? Sounds like you have the queen bed because the smallest window of all is curbside in the front bedroom. (So it wasn't the front window underneath the rockguard?) You describe the behavior of tempered glass breaking into a million pieces. We all see that the windows do take some flex up to a point but I haven't heard much of this problem from just opening & closing. I don't understand what got stuck. Window binding against the frame? Latches crossed up? Gasket sticking? Lift the lever - do you mean latches at the bottom or opening rods up the side?
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Good morning,

On the Classic type windows that do not have a metal frame around the glass can shatter if put in a bind. If you are raising and lowering the window arms,they need to stay level with one another.
Never try to raise the window only using one arm. Sorry about the window breaking.
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Good answer lynn. Also see this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f164...ick-24187.html. I silicone my gaskets somewhat more frequently than once a year -- mostly when they start sticking again. I also have to do the gasket for the Fantastic Fan -- that's a bit of a stretch from a stepladder -- be careful.
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That same window (bedroom curbside) must have been broken prior to our purchasing our Airstream because we had lots of pieces of broken glass in the space between the window and frame.

Lynn thanks for the warning not to try raising one side at a time and binding the glass. I have been doing that on the front and rear window since that is quite a stretch for me from side to side and the bed or table interferring with a perfect center position for lifting. I will see if I can possibly manage both sides at once. My procedure was to only release the seal on each side then go back and raise one to the first level then the other, then back to the second and never could get it to the highest position that way. Hubby can but then I am not 6'. They turned under much too much in my case, for feet.
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Yes, it's a 25 FB. The best way to describe what got stuck is that the window was open. I tried to close it using the levers on each side. The left side came away easily, and the right just stuck in the notch that holds the rod in place. When it finally came loose there was a "tink" sound, as if the metal rod that connects to the bottom half of the window came loose and struck the window, breaking it. I was holding the left lever in the same middle position that the right lever was in. We're worried because we have a long trip planned in 17 days. Does anyone know how long something like this will take to fix? Of course it's a holiday weekend as well.
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Hi Sparkygus,

Sorry about the window. They can be tough to open. Good advice from the previous posters.

Looks like you are a new owner in Orange County. Welcome. There are a few of us here on the forum in So Cal that get together, both local beaches (San Clemente to Malibu) and inland areas like 29 Palms. PM me if you are interested in joining future gatherings.

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look in the yellow pages under "plastics". find someone that sells lexan, if you do not think you are capable of fitting the temp in place have them do it. For an emergency fix you could fit the lexan in place and duct tape it in place, yes duct tape, use the good stuff, The Nascar boys call it 200 mile an hour tape for a good reason! That assuming you can not get the glass overnited and installed . I for sure would not let a missing window foil my vacation plans! Or you could invite John and Cat over and have him do it!! It's a short drive from Huntingto to Laguna Nigel.Lake San Antonio forum rally in Oct. DG
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Doorgunner,

Thanks! You give us hope. What a great idea about the plexiglass. Yeah, there is no way we can let this ruin our first real trip. We don't know John and Cat yet, but hopefully we will soon. A house call like this would call for some serious thanks to them, such as naming our first born after them.
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Uhh... Tim? (DG) I'll trade you some karma if you'll back me up and let Sparkygus know not to use duct tape on the clearcoated sides of their very cherry Airstream.

I'd get ahold of an Airstream dealer Tuesday and I'll bet you could have a window airfreighted in if they don't have one on hand. Your vacation should get out of the blocks just fine. Maybe even call Oasis RV in Tucson if your local dealer doesn't have it -- Oasis is fast and relatively inexpensive on shipping -- could have it to your dealer before the end of the week.
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Doorgunner,

Thanks! You give us hope. What a great idea about the plexiglass. Yeah, there is no way we can let this ruin our first real trip. We don't know John and Cat yet, but hopefully we will soon. A house call like this would call for some serious thanks to them, such as naming our first born after them.
Where to fix??

The two closest Airstream service folks are Southwest Coaches in Irvine, I will bet you your first born that you bought your AS there, and the othe is C & G Trailer in Bellflower. C & G only does service on Airstreams and the owner Rod is real good about getting people on the road, Both C & G and Southwest Coaches are authorized service centers and can do warranty work.

I would think that either one could get a window replaced in less than a week, even if they did not stock it locally. Rod gets parts from Jackson Center real fast, they like him.

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Uhhh, thanks guys -- We will go outside and remove that duct tape post haste!!! And I'm not kidding. How about blue painter's tape?
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I don't know if I'd put any tape directly on the clearcoated sheet aluminum. My '06 Safari with the Classic/CCD/Safari SE windows isn't in the driveway for me to run out and suggest any alternatives... sorry. Is it looking like rain? I guess I would use painters tape if no other options were available. Isn't there a frame around the window? Tape there if possible -- easier to repair with automotive clearcoat on that rather than the aluminum sheet.

Use a little vegetable oil and light rubbing with your fingertip if any adhesive stays behind.
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Hack job

The tape won't hurt the clear coar unless you leave it on and the sun baked thing happens. Here's what a botched field repair looks like. I always carry a piece of Lexan not plexiglass and a few rolls af racer chaser tape with me. Go on vacation, have a great time! enjoy your Airstream! DG
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