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Old 03-07-2016, 01:21 AM   #1
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Storm windows? 1975 Ideal of Idaho

hello there! I very recently (got in over my head?) bought a 1975 Ideal 20ft travel trailer for my daughter and I to live in. I do not yet know the first thing. Well, I do know the first thing, it is that I have leaks! leaky windows. it came with a set of storm windows which are in great condition and numbered but no matter which way I tried I cannot see how they fit! I am in the Northern Sacramento Valley in California and we had one of the biggest storms I have ever seen last night. we had to abandon ship around midnight as it seemed as though water were pouring in right through the glass! The compartment under the bed (window in question is next to bed) is soaked today. Previous owner swore it did not leak and I've seen no damage, but this was no ordinary storm. Baffled by the storm windows I bought a big tarp. I hope that the crazy wind dies down long enough to put it on and keep from drowning while I figure this out! Does anyone know about these kind of storm windows?

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Old 03-12-2016, 11:39 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with storm windows attached to the outside of a travel trailer. Could you provide photos? Check the window tracks on the exterior for debris blocking the drain holes. In addition, you could buy some butyl rubber caulk and apply a bead to the top edges of each window frame.

The windows are usually held in place by a bunch of screws on the inside trim that goes through to the outside rim. A gasket of butyl rubber tape is usually applied to the window exterior trim and then tightened against the outside of the trailer walls. It does deteriorate over time. If you removed the screws, someone on the outside holding the window in place as the last few are removed, would allow Removing the window, cleaning off the old caulk, and applying new would be the ultimate way to go.


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Old 03-12-2016, 02:23 PM   #3
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The storm windows should go on the inside, might have to remove the screens and insert the storms in their place, little plastic arms hold them in place. Large windows might take 2 inserts.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:29 AM   #4
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ok, it makes sense that plastic arms or something is missing!
The rain has stopped and I have a new issue lol. the swamp under the bed that I assumed was from the storm is really water from my pump!
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