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Old 06-13-2017, 04:26 PM   #1
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Windows where to start?

I have a new to me '76 Caravanner. I would like to replace the gasket that is attached to the actual window sash it is completely dry rotted. I watched several videos on replacing the gasket cleaning the aluminum etc. they all say to pop out the window but they don't show the best way to do it. I don't want to break anything. Also any advice on the best place to start FIRST for restoration. My thoughts were to get all of the leaks stopped. My rig is undercover and protected from the weather. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:46 PM   #2
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Generally the best place to start is to seal up all possible entry point for water on the exterior... and there is a lot of potential entry points. You may be tempted to put this off since you have covered parking, but it sucks and should be done first.

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regarding your windows...

if they are anything like the ones in my '77 sovereign, they should be pretty simple to remove, just a couple bolts. Do the first few with someone else and you'll get the hang of it.

go to your main google window on your internet thingy of choice and google: "window removal 1976 caravanner airforums". That will point you to a dizzying array of threads on what you need to do.

best of luck!
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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Thank you Ian. Sealing up water entry points is where I thought I should start also. Thanks for your thoughts & encouragement.
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:51 PM   #5
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Just finished

I just finished my windows!! It has been my least favorite thing to do but so happy they are done. While my Airstream was in the shop they gave me a choice that I could clean my own windows or they could do it for me, which would have costed around $700-800 hourly rate. So me and my husband hot a heat gun, oops, and acetone nail polish remover. It took an 1.5 hours per window but we did it. Then we bought the gaskets from the shop they charged $1.50 a foot, it was simple easy because it has sticky on one side so we peeled and stuck the gaskets on. I have a video on my Instagram @AirstreamLoving
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Thank you I will go to your Instagram page appreciate the reply.
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