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Old 02-08-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Replacing window

I have a 2003 Winnebago Adventurer and as you can see by the attached photos, the slant window on the driver door fogged up. Atwood mobile products in Indiana was contacted (address and phone number in my last photo). I already had the part number for the window which was found on the Winnebago online site. The Winnebago parts catalog lists every part on the RV even down to the screws, nuts and bolts. I gave Atwood the part number for the window and they forwarded an email with the window measurements. I verified that it would fit and ordered the window. $150 plus about $40 for shipping. A local RV repair shop had the butyl tape I needed to hold the window in place.

Again, as you can see by the photos I began by removing the rubber seals along the outside edge of the window. They basically just snap in place and a small screwdriver is all you need to pry them out. Using a screwdriver and a straight edge razor I pried the window out. There were two small rectangular plastic spacers on the bottom edge of the frame. I removed those and cleaned them off. Using mineral spirits and the straight edge razor I cleaned the old tape off the metal frame. I got probably 95% of the old tape off. I didn't bother with what was left in some of the nook and crannies.

I placed the new tape in the metal frame and replaced the two spacers on the bottom edge of the frame. I just pushed the spacers into the tape.

I replaced the window by resting the bottom edge of the glass on the two spacers and then pushed the window into the frame. I pushed the glass along the edge where it made contact with the tape to make sure the glass made a good seal with the tape. I made sure the glass was seated with enough space so I could replace the rubber seals and pressed the seals back in place. The rubber seals stretch a little and you have to make sure you don't pull on them otherwise they won't sit properly against the window.

All this was done at a fraction of the cost of paying someone to do it and I think I had it all done within a couple of hours.Click image for larger version

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I have a 2003 Winnebago Adventurer and as you can see by the attached photos, the slant window on the driver door fogged up. Atwood mobile products in Indiana was contacted (address and phone number in my last photo). I already had the part number for the window which was found on the Winnebago online site. The Winnebago parts catalog lists every part on the RV even down to the screws, nuts and bolts. I gave Atwood the part number for the window and they forwarded an email with the window measurements. I verified that it would fit and ordered the window. $150 plus about $40 for shipping. A local RV repair shop had the butyl tape I needed to hold the window in place.

Again, as you can see by the photos I began by removing the rubber seals along the outside edge of the window. They basically just snap in place and a small screwdriver is all you need to pry them out. Using a screwdriver and a straight edge razor I pried the window out. There were two small rectangular plastic spacers on the bottom edge of the frame. I removed those and cleaned them off. Using mineral spirits and the straight edge razor I cleaned the old tape off the metal frame. I got probably 95% of the old tape off. I didn't bother with what was left in some of the nook and crannies.

I placed the new tape in the metal frame and replaced the two spacers on the bottom edge of the frame. I just pushed the spacers into the tape.

I replaced the window by resting the bottom edge of the glass on the two spacers and then pushed the window into the frame. I pushed the glass along the edge where it made contact with the tape to make sure the glass made a good seal with the tape. I made sure the glass was seated with enough space so I could replace the rubber seals and pressed the seals back in place. The rubber seals stretch a little and you have to make sure you don't pull on them otherwise they won't sit properly against the window.

All this was done at a fraction of the cost of paying someone to do it and I think I had it all done within a couple of hours.Attachment 85535Attachment 85536Attachment 85537Attachment 85538Attachment 85539
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I have done this with many of my windows, but full metal frames. To many actually. Way cheaper than having the de-fogger guys do it and A sense of accomplishment. The difficult part was the shipping. UPS is very expensive for the sizes and weights of glass windows. Drop ship needs a commercial address. I have them sent to the local auto parts store and give them a few bucks for handling.
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X2 nice job. I wish Winnebago had not when away from the dual pane windows up front.
I can tell a deference in the heat and cool lost.
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X2 nice job. I wish Winnebago had not when away from the dual pane windows up front.
I can tell a deference in the heat and cool lost.
I agree to a point. The single pane ones do a lot more sweating in cool weather, and as you mentioned you can feel a little more heat on warm days. The dual pane ones even helped block out some of the outside noise.

On the positive side there's less reflection when driving during the night time hours, and you don't have to look through a fog when trying to use the mirrors.

Given the choice I would have rather had all the windows except the windshield dual pane. However what comes around goes around. In another couple years we'll probably be back to all dual pane windows, carpeting throughout, basement air conditioning, and gold hardware and faucets.
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