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Old 02-22-2011, 11:58 AM   #15
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This is what I used on my 65 Safari from Vintage Trailer Supply.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:03 PM   #16
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This is what I used on my 65 Safari from Vintage Trailer Supply.
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That gasket is an excellent replacement for the original.

Unfortunately though, it has the same proble as the original, in that once it collapses, it has a tendency to stay that way, meaning it then offers little protection from the rain.

Stronger, hollow gaskets, are todays in thing, as Airstream learned.

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Old 02-22-2011, 11:26 PM   #17
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That gasket is an excellent replacement for the original. Unfortunately though, it has the same proble as the original, in that once it collapses, it has a tendency to stay that way, meaning it then offers little protection from the rain. Stronger, hollow gaskets, are todays in thing, as Airstream learned.
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Andy, can you provide additional explanation (or post a photo) of the type of gasket you would recommend? Thanks, Hank
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:38 PM   #18
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I've been quite happy w/ D section EDPM gasket material, designed for boats, cars, etc. It seems to work well on both windows and hatches.

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I've been quite happy w/ D section EDPM gasket material, designed for boats, cars, etc. It seems to work well on both windows and hatches. - Bart
Bart: Thanks for the image. I have been thinking that a D-shaped gasket would make sense. Can you provide any details as to dimension/s and supplier? Melody Ranch pointed out one supplier in Post #5 above. Hank
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Bart: Thanks for the image. I have been thinking that a D-shaped gasket would make sense. Can you provide any details as to dimension/s and supplier? Melody Ranch pointed out one supplier in Post #5 above. Hank
It's nominally 5/16 inch thick; OSH has it as does Amazon.
It is also available in larger rolls. I use 3M black weatherstripping adhesive w/ this.

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Greg at Inland advised me on the correct way to mount the D gasket to the frame(sill)
I applied some silicon spray,wiped down and closed the window.It was really snug!
I did not have any left over old adhesive that was a problem so my first window took about an hour.
When I had the window out I used a very fine wire wheel on my air drill to clean up the frame and the window itself.I then used Gords polish to clean up the surfaces to shiny.One note! there is a strip on the sides of the sill on my 65 at least, that requires cleaning and a bead of seam sealer.I think once I put new glazing strips on and seal the drip rail above I will be good to go.
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Tim.

That gasket is an excellent replacement for the original.

Unfortunately though, it has the same proble as the original, in that once it collapses, it has a tendency to stay that way, meaning it then offers little protection from the rain.

Stronger, hollow gaskets, are todays in thing, as Airstream learned.

Andy.

Andy - thanks for the info. I will watch them to see how they perform. One nice thing is that they can be replaced in a matter of minutes with very little effort.

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The gasket that Tim mentioned is made of silicone rubber, not the vinyl that Hehr used originally on their windows installed in 1958 to 1965 Airstreams. It does not, in any way, hold the compressed shape as Andy asserted. We've been reproducing and selling the gasket for many years and have long term evidence to support our claim. The key is silicone rubber, not vinyl rubber.

It is the original color and shape of the original. Works very well at sealing the window. And most importantly, fits in the channel on the window as originally intended with no adhesives needed at all. No other gasket meets those criteria. It is used on all Hehr Clearview and Hehr Hallmark 12 windows used by Airstream from 1958 to 1965.

If you have the older Hehr Standard style windows (1953 to 1958...and a few up to 1960), the types of seals are entirely different. The black EPDM D-seal is a short-cut option if you don't want to restore the windows by removing them from the trailer's rough opening. If you want to use the original gasket, you're looking for Hehr Backframe gasket. It is installed by riveting it between the window frame and the trailer's exterior skin. This is not for the faint of heart because it is a major project...but it is the original way it was done.
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Ok I istalled the D Gasket on 3 windows.The 1st worked well,easy to install and sealed tightly.
Window #2 will not close.It hangs over a 1/16 of an inch at the bottom.I don't think it is the gasket.But I don't want to force it.
When installing the 3rd window (back glass) the joint on top right corners is split and pulls apart as I close the window.Can this be welded?Help!
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