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Old 07-22-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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About a month ago, my wife and I purchased a 1967 Tradewind. We had seen the trailer last year in western Pennsylvania, but since it was the first one we inspected and it needed work, I was reluctant to make an offer. We kept looking, but finding Airstreams for sale in the Northeast isn't that easy, especially when I was limiting our search to 1964-1969. After finding a few more, the 1967 showed up on Ebay, having been bought by a couple who have a hobby of buying and selling. I took another look and decided it was a better buy than what I had been seeing. Time will tell....

Lots of work will be necessary, as there are some holes in the floor near the door and under the water tank. Before I start pulling the floor out, I'd like to find the cause of the leaks. The window to the right of the door is plexiglass, as is the window above the curbside bed and I plan to replace them. My question relates to the existing glass windows, as some have trim on the edges and some don't. Those without trim are the front and streetside bed, while the others have the trim. Were all the windows supposed to have this trim?

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Old 07-22-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2007, 07:05 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
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Not sure the kind of trim you refering to. Usually all the windows in the older Airstreams are trimmed but you should post pictures. I believe that sometime in the late 80's the Classic ( Excella) lost the window frame or trim.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:27 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by rasmuw
...My question relates to the existing glass windows, as some have trim on the edges and some don't. Those without trim are the front and streetside bed, while the others have the trim. Were all the windows supposed to have this trim?

IIRC the '66 and '67 were originally frameless Corning curved windows. The '68 was the same curved glass, but framed. Your AS most likely has had some window replacements in it's past. Inland RV carries the replacement trim for the '68s and I believe you can also use it on the '66 and '67s.
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Old 07-23-2007, 04:16 AM   #6
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Hi and Welcome to the forums. On my Sis-n-laws 67, none of the windows are trimmed. They are just flat pieces of glass. There isnt any curve to them at all. I wondered what would keep them from breaking without trim on them. Hers is an Ambassador, so I dont know if that makes any difference. I have noticed that most of the Airstreams of the same era's always have a lot in common, so maybe someone either replaced all of the ones you have with framed ones, or vise versa and replaced some broken ones and bought some without frames. Im sure you can ask Andy from Inland RV and he can help you out.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:37 AM   #7
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:43 AM   #8
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Hi Wayne,

There were three years that Airstream made the coaches with out frames around the glass. Yours is one of those years. You can go to Airstream Innovations at Inland RV Center, Inc. (951) 734-8130 and they will have parts. When I bought my coach it did not have some of the window clips and I have since replaced them with ones purchased from Inland. The glass is now available also. Until this past year, the only replacement that could be done was plexiglas. You may want to also consider replacing the window gaskets on your entire coach too.

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Old 07-23-2007, 02:52 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your welcome and replies. My interest in Airstreams extends back to when my immediate family had a Nimrod tent trailer, allowing us to see many parts of the East coast on the slim budget my parents could manage. More wealthy relatives in South Carolina had an Airstream, and I joined them for a trip to Expo 67 in Montreal when I was 13. Once my parents retired (and my sister and I were out of the house), they bought a used Airstream and parked it at a campground near them in Massachusetts. I don't know the exact model of either trailer, although I think my relatives had a larger one and my parents a smaller one, compared to a Tradewind.

Rather than terming the trim around the window glass "frames," Inland RV lists the parts as "moulding." I apologize for the confusion. Their website lists the kits as applicable to 66-68. Since three of the windows already have the moulding, and I like the looks of it, I will probably go ahead and order some kits so everything matches. Gasket material on all windows is definitely a necessity.

I look forward to getting to know many of your through this forum.

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Old 07-23-2007, 03:25 PM   #10
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Another resource for these Corning glass replacements is: Vintage Trailer Supply. Here are some good resource papers on them from the same site...

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Old 07-26-2007, 09:53 AM   #11
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Welcome and Congrats on the new Tradewind.

As others have said, the windows can be purchased from VTS or Inland. VTS guarantees to replace the window if it breaks in transit or you break it. The trim sold at Inland will NOT work on glass windows. It is only for Lexan replacements (unless he has received a NEW LINE of trim for glass- I know, because I tried it). I would definitely replace the window gaskets with the "D" style (inland sells it). And re-caulk ALL seams and around windows (the flat windows beneath the curved leaked quite a bit in mine!).

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