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Old 08-06-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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Curved front window broken

'86 Sovereign 25'- Picked up unit from storage for a trip and found the curb side front window broken. Didn't notice at first as the stone shield covered it. Seems to have broken from heat/stress. Now I find out entire window and frame has to be ordered from Airstream. I counted 89 rivets!!!!!! Guess we will be staying home for a while. Any experiance with this situation?
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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Curved front window broken

Lots of threads on the subject. I've found searching for a given subject easier outside of the forum using Google.

Additional notes from my recent replacement.

Remove the inner molding around the window, then remove as much of the goop slathered on the inside as possible.

The piece of metal between the large rectangular window and the wing window is molding with a dove tail joint that holds the two windows together at the edge. It would like some lubrication (I used White Lightning bicycle chain lubricant, its not an oil) before placing a block of wood on one end or the other and tapping it off (yes I said tap, mine moved rather freely with the White Lightning).

Drill out the old rivets, remove the old window, adjust the hole as necessary, redrill rivet holes as necessary, slather the outside wall and window with TremPro 635, put the window in the hole, put the molding back on, popping a rivet top and bottom work your way from the molding to the other side. Slather the inside with TremPro 635 and put the inside back as found (but the molding doesn't exactly match the thinner window).

Clean up any excess TremPro with mineral spirits as the container states.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:07 PM   #3
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Tape up the hole and go camping
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Yeah....Duck tape a piece of plexiglass over the hole and go camping !!!!!
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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Yeah....Duck tape a piece of plexiglass over the hole and go camping !!!!!
If you do a window repair (rather than a jury rig) use UV resistant Lexan (polycarbonate) instead of Plexiglass. It is easier to work with and won't yellow.
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I concurr w others keep the rock guard down when moving, tape the window up and go camp. You can tape some plastic over it of it makes you more comfortable. Replace it when you get back.
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If you do a window repair (rather than a jury rig) use UV resistant Lexan (polycarbonate) instead of Plexiglass. It is easier to work with and won't yellow.
For a permanent fix for sure, use glass where possible and Lexan when not. But given a choice of, camp or stay home, I'd jury rig it!!!!😁
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