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Old 07-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Corning Years

I am told by a friend to stay away from any year that used Corning Glass. He said he thought it was 66 to 69. Does anyone know what years these windows were used in the Globetrotter, Caravelle and Safari?

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66-68 are the years with the thin frameless curved glass that uses a somewhat-complex latch mechanism. The '69s used the same style as the '70s trailers, with a metal edge all the way around the glass.

Not that it's exactly what you're asking about, but I think the shape of the "wing windows" at the front of '69s is slightly different than the '70+ windows, but this is a part that doesn't open, so it's only an issue if you have to replace one.

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Vintage Trailer Supplies makes replacement glass, not cheap but you can get it. Their website says 66 to 68.

Window Glass (1966-68 Airstream Only)

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The Corning Glass windows were in all models from '66-'68. Many folks love the clean lines of the frameless glass - I certainly wouldn't be inclined to "stay away" from those years just because of the windows.

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I believe that the corning glass years were some of the very nicest Airstreams ever built. I have owned two from that era. The sleek look that the frameless glass provided is simply beautiful, smooth and integrated in a way that has never been duplicated since.

The glass is now available again, however the hinges and latching parts are very hard to find and appear to be the real problem with those widows in today's market.
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Thanks to all for the great info

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