Parts Info to replace window channels
Quoted from the Airstream Service manual:
1. Move the sliding portion of the glass to the full open position
2. Starting at the point where the ends meet (top center of the window frame), carefully work the flexible "slagle" window glass channel out of its groove in the window frame. Work around the window opening to the point where the window glass prevents the channel from being removed any further.
3. Cut the "slagle” channel off at the point reached in step 2.
4. Move the sliding portion of the glass forward into the channel groove in the frame and remove glass from vehicle.
5. Repeat the process with the fixed portion of the glass.
6. Remove balance of flexible channel.
7. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Butt the ends of the flexible channel at the top and bottom.
This works for the screens as well.
My advice is to cut down on costs, only go up the sides as far as necessary to get into "good" channel. Do not worry about the fixed glass; I think they are referring to a newer window style.
I have mine seamed at the bottom as well as on the sides and there is no problem with sealing. No glue or adhesive is necessary, but I suggest an old toothbrush and a vacuum cleaner to get the bulk of the crud out.
"Slagle" channel Called Gasket window channel @ $2.75 per ft.
Got mine at Florida outdoors Part # 684910 Ph # 561-288-2221
This is used for both the window and the screen; remember to do your math!
If you want to replace the outside seal, grey plastic that goes around the edge of the window, it is called trim seal @ $2.55 per ft. Got mine from Andy at Inland RV Part # 34708. My recommendation on the trim seal is use 1 piece per window top to bottom. I needed 31 ft to do mine. You will also want to get a tube of Parr Bond to glue the seal into the outer track from Andy at Inland Part # 51600 @$6.25 per tube. 1 tube is enough.
If you replace the channel, but the windows are still stiff: you will need to replace the Trim seal, and maybe the wiper. Try to avoid replacing the wiper (vertical grey rubber) as it is a REAL PAIN to reinstall.
Sorry for the length of the post, but lots to know on this. It took me a month to get all the right parts!
Post any questions and Good luck.
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1978 Argosy 28 foot Motorhome
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