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Old 09-11-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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upper windows

just a question:
every photo of a 73 to 75 Sovereign i see, shows upper windows just above the awning.
my "new" 74 Sovereign does not have those "skylights". was this an option?

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Old 09-11-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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Yes, this was an option. They are called vista view windows. Many folks who do have them (me included) will say you are lucky not to have them...


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Old 09-11-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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Commonly known as roof top rain water inlets.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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Love my upper windows, just up at Big Lake camping, on a chilly morning, open them up and let the sun warm up the place..My question is..are they single pane, mine are and cannot see where they were ever different??
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:11 PM   #5
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Ours are single pane...and man...they are sure hard to get to for fixing up! ...
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:51 PM   #6
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Kay and I love our vista views as well, even though we've never actually been camping with our trailer yet. They were one of the things we were looking for in a vintage AS. Yes, they can leak. But then, any of the 30+ year old windows can leak on one of these trailers. And all of our did...

Most of them, like the front wing windows, were double pane when installed by airstream. At some point, but I'm not sure what year this happened, airstream switched over to single pane. In our trailer, all 3 vista views and the two wing windows used to be double paned, but prior to us buying her last year, some PO had removed one of the panes to make them all single paned. I believe, based on what I've read here in the forums, that the inside pane was a plastic material, and it was extremely prone to fogging up so you couldn't see out of the window. When we got our trailer, 2 of the vista views leaked terribly. Both of these had been replaced at some point. The one original one did not, and still does not leak. Repairing them really wasn't so bad. If interested, you can see how I went about the repairs here (post 16):

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Old 10-29-2010, 02:02 PM   #7
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We love the vista view windows in our Sovereign. We are glad we have them. We've done some great star gazing and balloon gazing out our VV windows.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:15 PM   #8
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The vista view windows are great to let morning light in while still having the curtains and shades drawn. It helps brighten up the trailer.
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