replacing the windows
Finally got the large rear window done--thanks so much to Keith Andrew
(keithandpenne) for advice AND bringing me some shims that he had left over.
I am not quite done yet--the rear window still has a gap between the gasket and the glass area in spite of putting in 4 of the new lower shims. This gap may well have been there already, as I did not look closely before pulling out the gasket. Of all the larger windows, this one was barely in place--pushing outward took no effort to get it loose.
The crank-out portion of this window is also causing me a problem--it will not close without being pushed in from the outside. I have ground off some aluminum where I thought it might be binding, but still it will not close without an exterior push inward. Several of these crank-out units have been known to 'pop' close at some time after closing them with all the effort I could put into turning the knob--but this one will not close without a push. And it has a space at the lower left curve area even after being pushed close. It appears not to be "flat and square" and I am afraid to twist it as the frame is very soft and fragile. If I continue to have this problem after moving the trailer and bouncing it some, then I might just trade the glass pane into the old frame that fit somewhat better.
KEITH ASKED ME TO POST A NOTE THAT HE HAS A SOFA SIDE WINDOW AVAILABLE IS ANYONE NEEDS IT--it was sent extra when he did his replacements.
So far, I am very happy with the new visibility with the new units, just need to finish up some details. May have to wait til I see if there are any leaks driving thru rain, or any dust trails before I decide to remove and reseal/reshim some of the upper panes.
I have a lot of pics of some parts of the replacements--but all are in large MPixels--I could more easily email some of them if anyone is interested:
joejd at aol.com
I appreciate so much the help and advice I have gotten from members on this forum--it has helped me to save money and time. We really love our trailer and are focusing on keeping it usable for many more years.
2016 Tiffin 40 QBH
2015 38RSSA, traded
2005 TK3 #1869, 10 yrs of memories,
2017 F450 KR--one more Ford is it
2009 F450 4x4-died; 2010 F450-retired