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Old 04-25-2018, 05:14 PM   #21
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Hi everyone.
My name is Jerry and I'm new to this forum and joined just for the purpose of joining this conversation. A few months ago I took on this 345LE project for my uncle and without considering that it might not be available tore out all of the deteriorated channel out of the sliding windows. Now I'm in a real bind.
I have high hopes that DJs guy can produce this stuff but need to work on a plan "B" in case it doesn't happen. I have approached a couple of different extrusion companies here in the Denver area and it can be done but the tooling and minimum run costs are outrageously expensive.
Does anyone know who or where produced the original window channel?
If we could get our hands on the dies it would be a huge savings.
I've tried talking to Airstream and they put zero effort into trying to help.
If anyone has any suggestions or input on how to further this project I would love to hear it.
Thanks for your time.
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I am in the need of at least one track right now. I am replacing the glass in a bathroom slider using plexiglass on my 1989 345.
I sure could use the tracks and the fuzzy channel. Where to purchase??
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:50 PM   #22
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Hey,
I'll call my guy tomorrow, and get an update.
The fuzzy channel, I think I went through vintage airstream. Remember to punch holes where the vents are.
Sugestion, use lexicon for the window plexiglas is softer and scratches easier. You may want to check with a plastic mfger, and see if there is anything better . Plexiglass also yellows fairly quickly if my memory serves me correctly. Doesn't one of our airstream supplers have that glass.
RV solutions, where I'm getting my windsheilds from, claims they can make custom glass. Maybe they lol have something for you. Just a thought. DJ
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:34 AM   #23
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Hello airstreamsupply has complete window assemblies (kind of pricey)and some misc glass panels if that helps. Davejay you able to get a hold of your guy to see how hes making out on the window channels?Have a good day.
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:36 PM   #24
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Hey,
I'm sorry y'all, I keep forgetting to call him. I promise I will call him tomorrow and gives y'all an update. DJ
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:24 PM   #25
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:51 AM   #26
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Did you talk to him Davejay?
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:49 PM   #27
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https://www.dkhardware.com/7-16-x-3-...uct-18258.html

This place has many varieties.

Also this is good source.

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1302
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:53 PM   #28
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I'm thinking this is for all the framed sliding windows down the sides.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:36 PM   #29
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Hey,
I talked to him Monday,and he's working on them. Having trouble with that center little V rise in the channel . The upsidedown v is to keep the window edges running true, and separated from each other. We're dabbling with the idea of making it like a little step up wall. As wide as the v, maybe a little taller, but the affect should be the same. Holding the windows apart so they don't touch, the fuzz does its job and looks correct,as well as working correctly. I'll give him a shout Thursday, and check on progress. Get back to y'all Friday. Ok? DJ
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:08 PM   #30
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Hey,
Well, I talked to my guy. He's having a little trouble with the lip of the channel that goes over the center aluminum part of the window frame. To my way of thinking, this little lip is not nessessary, if the bottom of the channel has a solid base. The design of the one channel is really poor. All the weight of the window is on the channel, and the center of the window, has a sharpe edge. So when you open the window, pressure is put on the little lip of the channel. Thus they crack in the middle of the channel right up by lip.
Our design change will eliminate the lip, retain the upsidedown V in the center of the channel , and fill in the bottom of the channel to where the weight and pressure of Open/closing the window will be on the base of the channel. And we re making the sides a little thicker. The screen and the window will stay where they were designed to be. They'll be separated as designed, so the fuzz does its job, and it'll look like it was stock. I'll keep y'all posted. DJ
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:14 AM   #31
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Any luck on the redesign?
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:09 AM   #32
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Hey,
I talked to him yesterday. He's got a new machine, that as we were speaking, was getting wired for power. He was having trouble with holding the material down on the table. He couldn't hold the tolerances. This new machine is like a huge computer driven router. The material is held to the table via vacum. I got another shop up here that does the same type of work, only on a mass scale.hes got that same type of machine. Very cool. He can take a 4x8 sheet of whatever and rout it out, to where it looks like the product was extruded. If I have to go to this shop. I'd have to commit to a huge run, to make it worth they're time. My guy has the same capabilities, on a smaller scale. He's a one man operation, so his time schedule is longer. I'll keep hall posted. DJ
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:03 PM   #33
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Commit to the huge run as you'll sell a bunch to guys on this site, then sell the rest to Airstream Supply, Out of Doors mart, Vintage trailer supply and Inland RV.

Trust me, they will sell, and people will buy, at a reasonable price point.

I'll take 12 myself.

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Old 06-03-2018, 09:53 PM   #34
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Pieces needed?

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I'll take 12 myself.
Is there just 1 length regardless of the window location? Would I just count my windows and that's the number of pieces I'd need? Regardless, I'm on board!
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:09 AM   #35
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Ditto.....get the rights to it, cut us a break, and charge the SODOMY fee back to Inland, and the others !
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:02 AM   #36
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Is there just 1 length regardless of the window location? Would I just count my windows and that's the number of pieces I'd need? Regardless, I'm on board!
If I'm not mistaken there are two pieces per window. All the slider windows are the same width so you just need a window count times two.

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I'm in for 18 strips.....
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I'm in for 18 strips.....
Brad stocking up for the many Argosy's on the horizon..........or he's seriously miscounted his windows; just sliders Brad, not fixed as well.

Told you they would sell.....

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Come to think about it I'll have to jazz my order up to 20? 7 windows on the Classic, 3 on the Argosy.

Question, the smaller slider on my 310 where the kitchen is takes the same length channel? Just checking.

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I don't think that they were used on the Argosy
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