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Scouter Mike 08-31-2013 04:00 PM

Anyone fixed one of these smaller windows?
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Do I have to drill out the rivets?

Can someone point me to an instruction?


perryg114 08-31-2013 04:05 PM

Some of the older trailers have a spline that you can remove and then put in a piece of plex or lexan to fit the hole. If you want to replace with a new one, you can do that but the replacement will have only one pane which is a good thing because these hotdog shaped windows tend to have leaks.


Scouter Mike 08-31-2013 04:11 PM

I think my street side has the spline, but my curb side doesn't seem to be the same. I think I might have to drill out the rivets on the outside, but that doesn't seem right.


perryg114 08-31-2013 04:17 PM

Well can you remove whatever inner retaining lip that is there already? On some windows you have to remove the window frame (by drilling out rivets) and pull the left and right half of the frame apart. The halves are conected using a steel bar riveted to each side of the frame. It also acts like a key to align the two halves.


Scouter Mike 08-31-2013 04:29 PM

I think what you describe is what I have. Therefore I need Olympic rivets and a shaver, yes?

Thanks for your help,

perryg114 08-31-2013 05:46 PM

You might be into less money with a buck riveting setup. You should be able to remove the inner skins and get to the back side. The rivet shavers are pricey and the buck rivets are better.


Scouter Mike 08-31-2013 06:24 PM

I can get to both sides. I'm going to see if I can source or rent one locally. This isn't looking too difficult now.


perryg114 08-31-2013 06:48 PM

I bet an aircraft repair shop could put that window back in a few minutes.


Scouter Mike 08-31-2013 07:01 PM

I think what I'm going to do is repair the window with regular pop rivets to last me through next weekend when I plan to use the trailer, and then replace the rivets with either buck or shaveable depending on what I can find locally.

I was worried earlier about having to drill out these rivets, but I'm feeling pretty good about it now. I might actually know someone with a rivet shaver.


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