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Old 11-21-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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there are 3 vents in my 1964 airstream. the large on is about 14X26 in size. someone has put a plywood board over it. I called a dealer in Calf. he suggested that I remove, clean and replace it with piece of plexiglassis. will this really work?
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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Hi mitsy, You probably can just put lexan over that spot. If you want to know what is suppose to be there look here. Airstream Astradome. Some times you can find the lifters on e-bay or craigs list or air classifieds. This is an example of the lifters. Restoration Topics. Standard vent but you'll get the idea. Inland RV sells replacement lifters if you can't find the originals.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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there are 3 vents in my 1964 airstream. the large on is about 14X26 in size. someone has put a plywood board over it. I called a dealer in Calf. he suggested that I remove, clean and replace it with piece of plexiglassis. will this really work?
Replacement astrodomes are available, in milk white, solar gray and fiberglass.

The fiberglass unit, unfortunately, do not allow any light to pass through the.

The white and solar gray, both let in adequate lighting from the sun.

Andy
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:34 PM   #4
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The lifters are the hard to get or expensive part. Per the forum rules Andy is not allowed to sell things on the forum so you should call him Monday morning to get the prices. I replaced my broken solar dome with flat corrugated Lexan used for Green houses 20 years ago. It is still working perfectly but does not look like the original dome. You can buy a piece at Home Depot for $10.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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I replaced my broken solar dome with flat corrugated Lexan used for Green houses 20 y

do you have a pic or a way to show me what you used? if it has lasted that long without leaking, it seems the way to go for the money. I have so much to do to the camper that I have to at least try to make it water tight till I can come up with money for the expensive parts. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:55 AM   #6
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I think I have posted these before but to save you the trouble of using the search function, I will attach them here. You still need the lifters unless you decide to do the Wally Byam thing and hinge it. There are pictures of him poking his head out of his personal unit. He may have used it to gain access to the top. The aluminum outer frame is necessary to prevent the rain coming in from the side. The corrugated Lexan gives a defused light as well as improving insulation. It is produced by having pins in the extruder die and results in tubular air channels in the finished product.
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