Originally Posted by airdrmr
Hi Ingrid -
I've been reading many posts by you. You are very knowledgable in airstreaming. Thanks for the tips on the windows. I want to be sure I get the right windows - are the best ones from VTS?
My trailer has a couple small plexiglass windows that appear to have small fractures around the edges. I also have one large side window that has been completely sealed so it no longer opens - the window clips, crank, etc. are all missing. I've been doing my homework on the forums, looking for advice on how to do the installation. It's going to be a big job for me, a little out of my league!
Also, any advice on how to find a rockguard? I've heard that it's not worth looking for an old one as the plastic is shot. I still have the rusty latches from the original but nothing above the window to affix a rockguard to. We are planning a trip later this month and I'm worried about traveling without one...
Thanks for your advice!
Knowledgeable wow I sure don't feel that way!! thanks though!!
Although it's an expensive proposition, it's highly recommended that you replace those plexiglass ones. If you look at the windows carefully you'll see that the bottom of the plexiglass windowpane sticks out a little because the glass is flat, while the trailer is curved, and the plexiglass will never "bend" to the shape of the trailer, and rain/water what have you manages to work it's way under there and can cause a lot of damage over time.
The windows at VTS are EXACTLY the ones you need, unless you're able to find some from someone else with a 66-67-68 trailer who is willing to part with their windows or you find some at a junkyard. (those are the only three years with the window situation). Finding those replacements are next to impossible, so I'd say go ahead and buy the VTS ones.
Don't despair on the window thing; yes it's costly, but your trailer is still a very much loved and a very cool year, and a good purchase. In fact we bought ours before replacement windows were available for purchase and I had no idea what I was going to do, there's a thread here of someone who was experimenting on bending glass or Lexan (plastic) in an oven to try to get the window problem solved. You got your beauty at just the right time; parts and windows etc. are becoming much more easily available than ever. VTS will replace your window if it breaks in shipping. I've purchased two windows from them, they fit perfectly and work great. New window crank mechanisms etc. can be purchased online too, from either www.inlandrv.com
I have no idea what to do about a rock guard! We still have to replace that front window on ours, but that's not so hard because that one is flat.
When the time comes to install the windows, let me know and also go to the website of member TomW. He has a nice page on window replacement.
Email or PM me anytime!!