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Old 01-05-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Windows were sealed shut?!

We just bought a 1967 Globetrotter whose windows have all been replaced with those plastic ones and they have all been placed in a way that they are sealed shut. Some of the hardware is still there, just not attached to the plastic windows. Has anyone dealt with this issue before? If so, what is the safest way to attack this problem without damaging the trailer when we start replacing with glass.

I did a search and could find no threads on this issue, if anyone knows of a previous thread, direction would be GREATLY appreciated!
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How you proceed depends largely on how they're sealed, and what they were sealed with. Nice looking GT!

Do you have photos with closeups of the windows and the sealant?

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I'll take some photos in the next couple of days when we go back to where it is stored. The windows are sealed with some whitish epoxy/sealant/goopy stuff around the exterior edges.
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lovingtahoe, i'm sorry to hear about the window situation.. i don't really have a solution but i'd like to wish you the best!!
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Well, I was a little bummed to see it too... but I can't complaine. I have been searching for a little one (19-20 ft) for a while now and I couldn't be happier that "Gloria" is with us now She needs a bit of work and cleaning but aside from missing the gauchos (sorry, I know someone on here hates the use of that word) and weird windows, we are pretty happy. Roman hates all the little detail work but I am really looking forward to working on her.

But, I do not want to do anything in the "restoration" process that would be a step backwards. So, I figure someone out there has run into this issue and may have a little advice.
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Nice looking rig.
Back in the "Good ol íDays" I remember auto glass installers would use a length of wire to cut through the sealer and weatherstrip on the front and back glass.
While itís a two-man job I think you can accomplish the same thing with a piece of picture frame hanger wire and a couple pieces of dowel rod.
Find a loose section of sealer and poke the wire through to the other side.
Wrap the loose ends of wire around the dowels and work the wire back and forth to slice open the sealer at the edge of the glazing.

Just thinking off the top of my head,
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:19 PM   #7
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I believe that vintage Trailer supply has Glass windows for a 67 here

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We just bought a 1967 Globetrotter whose windows have all been replaced with those plastic ones and they have all been placed in a way that they are sealed shut. Some of the hardware is still there, just not attached to the plastic windows. Has anyone dealt with this issue before? If so, what is the safest way to attack this problem without damaging the trailer when we start replacing with glass.

I did a search and could find no threads on this issue, if anyone knows of a previous thread, direction would be GREATLY appreciated!
We have all the windows for your Airstream, that came from Airstream factory.

We also have the correct gaskets for them, and most of the hardware.

http://www.inlandrv.com/catalog/imag...-glass2006.jpg

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:13 PM   #9
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Just take good care of those hinges at the top, I hear those are very hard to come by. Might call an autoglass shop and ask them what they recommend for breaking bonds like this.
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If it's any consolation... the front window of our 75 Safari was sealed shut with a combo of vulkem and clear silicone sealer. What a mess, but all fixed now and added new 'D' gaskets from Inland.
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Great! Thanks everyone. All of the ideas and response makes the "issue" feel a little less "big". It sounds like, for most part, Roman and I can do this. Can we install the glass w/o professional help? I would be bummed if our lack of expertise caused a window to fall out or leak
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Your side windows are curved as is our '66. The glass is available at the 2 vendors already mentioned in this thread. They will be pricey. Hopefully you have the hardware. The hardest of the hardware to find is/are the latches that keep the glass closed. Airstream used the curved windows for the years '66, '67 and '68.

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Take a look a this installation guide. It has good directions and pictures. Remember that metal will gouge the aluminum, so try to use plastic scrapers if you can.
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Just a little something I discovered while dealing with a similar situation in my '62 Overlander. My windows were sealed with Silicone. You can get that off with Acetone and elbow grease.

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