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Old 02-24-2004, 05:14 PM   #1
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cockpit windows fuzzy channel replacement

while at the Florida rally i spent a few bucks on parts for the silver weenie. fuzzy channel was one of the items and i did it today. i was dreading that job but was i surprised . it was a breeze. Brett and i discussed how to do it .
open window, remove lock (don't drop the screws they are hard to find) and shove window all the way forward.then take a putty knife and pry enough of the old fuzzy channel out so you can pull out exposed channel cut and dispose. the channel under the window will be removed after you push the window to a almost closed position be careful as the window will come out and you don't want to break it.
remove window, install the fuzzy channel and cut to fit tight. this needs to be one piece. remove the fuzzy channel to the top track and hang out side, out of the way. put window in top first and sit the bottom of the window in the fuzzy channel. push the window forward and push fuzzy channel in the top channel. this will require some moving the window back and forth to get the channel to where you can get a pair of pliers on and pull it thru the track. install lock and spray some silicone lube in the fuzzy channel and slide back a forth a few times . walla your done. first window took 25 minutes second 15 minutes. those little screws are hard to find..
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:51 PM   #2
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sounds easier than you would think. I would image that you would handle those windows like they were made of gold given how impossible replacements are to locate. Where did you get the fuzzy channel?

I've heard JCWhitney has all kinds of weatherstripping like this but haven't spent the time to try and locate it.
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They had a huge roll of it on the table in the Airstream Store at the Fl State Rally. They had the window seal too. I missed getting what I needed by 30 Min. Someone bought them out. Not Al
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darn! maybe we should start an Airstream Co-op. We can all buy into it and purchase supplies for re-distribution to members!
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Old 02-24-2004, 07:30 PM   #5
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I have a little shake rattle and roll in my drivers window in the Land Yacht. Do you think the same applies on this model? Where can it be obtained and what is the apx cost? Thanks Ron
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Old 02-25-2004, 09:01 AM   #6
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Inland Rv sells this stuff also look for fuzzy Schlegle channel on thier site. Peter used a grey rubber replacement he got from a local auto glass place.
I have this on my to do list as well.
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the cost was $2.67 per ft. i had planned to pick up some from sunny at camper repair center in Alabama. there it was on the table and Kim standing behind it smiling. she thought i wanted the whole roll . instead i borrower her tape measure and measured my window and bought 16 ft for both windows. had almost a ft of throw away. better throw away a little and have a perfect fit. also replaced my frig cover . only complaint i have is i bought some vulkum and it is black. "yuk". they also had black rubber airstream mud flaps two sets, i bought one set went back to buy the second set they was gone.
Kim runs the parts dept at Jackson center and has help me find some hard to get parts in the past.
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i think i might have missed a step. did someone say to put drain holes in the bottom piece of fuzzy seal???
i got a wet floor on one side of the coach in the passenger side of the coach
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i think i might have missed a step. did someone say to put drain holes in the bottom piece of fuzzy seal???
Al,

Did you not get my telepathic message that you should cut a hole over each weep hole for drainage?

A small amount of water will wick through, but in a downpour there needs to be holes. This could also be a sign that it is time to replace the vinyl window molding that sits against the glass. It should shed 90% of the water that runs down the window
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Old 02-28-2004, 05:20 PM   #10
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didn't get it but i had a vision that i need to do just that.
fixed the lock today, got instructions from peter and went to work. strange i couldn't fix the new one but i took parts from the new one and fixed the old lock. those pins are not pressed in they are finger tight . took a small screwdriver and pried the pins out. pushed in when it all lines up by hand.
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Old 02-28-2004, 05:24 PM   #11
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what is the best way to make the holes??? going to do that tomorrow, and then the unit get a trip to the storage shed. an i get my pickem up back.
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Al,

in the past I have uses a pocket sized Phillips to make 2 holes over each weep hole. It depends on how much water gets into the channel. You could also remove the front 1 inch on the fuzzy stuff so the water would freely run down there. The window does not go all the way to the A pillar when opened. The only trouble with the holes if if you do not make them large enough, in a short while they heal and the problem re-occurs.

That is great news on the locks. If you want to donate the leftovers I can give them a good home,
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Ok Brett- what's this about changing that thin molding against the glass? Where do you get that and how do we do it? Pull it off and reset the new stuff or remove the glass form the frame? I am wondering ( oh oh I sense a new addition to the to do list coming up here)
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What I am speaking of is a rubber/vinyl seal that rests against the outside of the glass when in the closed position. The seal fits into a slot on the outside of the window frame. It is not hard to replace, just remove, clean out any loose adhesive and glue a new one in. Parr bond works well as the adhesive. I suggest you mask off the window frame though. Some of the Parr bond invariably oozes I have seen it in the Grey mostly, but there is a place in South Fla where I have been able to get it in black. My window frames are blacked out so I want black. You may want it in the Grey. Andy has it, but I do not know the part number.
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I'm going to remove the windows again a look at the problem . I'm thinking i will burn a hole with a large nail. the channel i remove did not fit tight against the front edge of the window frame. but was glued in place??? think i will replace the lip seal also and should fix the window problems for a while.
the lock problem i could have fixed with a switch of the locking piece from one old lock to the other. as the top part is all that is used. also going to try to find some spring steel, to make new springs for the new locks. Kim said they are $110 each now...the new passenger side lock works i reshaped the spring a smidgen and put it back together. no luck with the new drivers side lock spring.
the pin holes on the old lock is tight. you cant get a screwdriver in to pry the pin out. i beat on the back while compressing the spring and the pin came part way out , enough to pry out with a small screwdriver.
i wonder if kim might have the springs or the spring steel??i didnt ask. think i will .
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Alan we can do a demo for the get together. my material will be new enough to tolerate r&r . if there is and interest. maybe i can get a demo on polishing my front bumper in return. my lip seal isn't glued on . do you really have to glue on ??? would like to know for sure as i probably visit sonny next week and get the material i need.
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Hey I like that idea. I am going to try and buy that grey/felt weatherstrip that PeterH used in his. If I can get it locally. I fell like it might have less problems holding onto dirt and bug debris.

Menwhile I pulled out my dinette table to make a new one. Using birch faced plywood for the 2 sections, and probably the old hardware, although I might use a different hinge instead of the 2 small ones on there now.
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I used a die grinder and cut off wheel to cut the slots above the weep holes in mine. Silicone the heck out of the track, it keeps the window free and repels the water.

I have the part number for the weatherstrip (at least what worked on mine), if you need it I will dig it out. It is (was) still available from AS.

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the holes are done. tryed to punch hole with screwdriver couldn't do it . decided to try the hot tip trick that worked great. the fuzzy channel is made out of a nylon material. the hot flat blade screwdriver went thru it like it was butter. used a 1/4 wide flat blade screwdriver wiggled it around and made a nice hole. if water doesn't come thru that i got a problem. and the hole shouldn't close up on me. havet two fans running to dry out the carpet. as son as the carpet dries of she goes to the storage shed....
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Inland Rv sells this stuff also look for fuzzy Schlegle channel on thier site. Peter used a grey rubber replacement he got from a local auto glass place.
I have this on my to do list as well.
I first used the fuzzy stuff with the metal inside and really hated it. Made the window too tight, the corners too bulky and the weep holes very hard to cut.
The stuff I found in the local glass shops weatherstripping catalog comes in 8' lenght/$12.- each. The part number was AS126896.
Its a perfect fit for the channel. I used the same material to redo all the windows as well.
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