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Old 06-01-2016, 07:18 AM   #1
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Campster sliding window part

I could use some help from other Campster owners. My sliding windows on the sides are missing some parts. I have no handle on the edge of the inside moving window for opening and closing the window. I also need to get some new gaskets and felt for it.

As I am going to be removing the windows very soon so I can paint the exterior it would be a good time to for me to refurbish those windows. Any information you can give me on where to get replacement materials, what company made the windows and a photo of the window pull/latch would be very helpful. Most especially at this time a photo of that edge of the inside glass with a latch/pull on it would be very much appreciated.

There does not seem to be a photo on the forum that shows the inside of the windows or information about what company made the windows used in the Campsters. So it would be nice if we could get this information documented by working together on it.

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Old 06-01-2016, 09:24 AM   #2
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I could use some help from other Campster owners. My sliding windows on the sides are missing some parts. I have no handle on the edge of the inside moving window for opening and closing the window. I also need to get some new gaskets and felt for it.

As I am going to be removing the windows very soon so I can paint the exterior it would be a good time to for me to refurbish those windows. Any information you can give me on where to get replacement materials, what company made the windows and a photo of the window pull/latch would be very helpful. Most especially at this time a photo of that edge of the inside glass with a latch/pull on it would be very much appreciated.

There does not seem to be a photo on the forum that shows the inside of the windows or information about what company made the windows used in the Campsters. So it would be nice if we could get this information documented by working together on it.

Thanks,
Karin
I have zero knowledge on windows or parts for your Campster, but I am in the process of ordering some replacement parts for our 1982 Scamp windows and have found this website to have the parts that I need:

Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers!

Perhaps they would have some of the items you are looking for? They specialize in hard to find parts for vintage trailers. Best of luck and hopefully someone who knows more than I will chime in and offer more real help!
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:40 AM   #3
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I have zero knowledge on windows or parts for your Campster, but I am in the process of ordering some replacement parts for our 1982 Scamp windows and have found this website to have the parts that I need:

Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers!

Perhaps they would have some of the items you are looking for? They specialize in hard to find parts for vintage trailers. Best of luck and hopefully someone who knows more than I will chime in and offer more real help!
Thanks, I have looked at the vintage trailer supply online store. Vintage trailer supply parts are primarily for very early trailers and the latest years they focus on is 1960 and there is nothing there that works for me.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:17 AM   #4
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I wonder if Dave has any suggestions that may help you with your windows. He had a CampStar: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...ite-24848.html
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No help here except that mine doesn't have handles, either, and they need something as they don't slide well, but I'm afraid to do it! So will follow what you do with interest.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:05 PM   #6
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No help here except that mine doesn't have handles, either, and they need something as they don't slide well, but I'm afraid to do it! So will follow what you do with interest.
I think I have figured out a solution for the handles. I will use some VHB tape that has a thin foam center to mount a small, light gauge, aluminum angle piece directly to the glass. It will look very nice when finished and function just fine for long term use. I will post photos when it gets done. The list of things to do grows longer by the minute.

Now I just need to find some track liner and new gaskets. I think my local RV store can help with those. They have a guy in the repair department who has seen lots of old RV windows and really knows the parts for the gaskets. I won't do the track liner until I take the windows out so I can paint the shell. So it will be a while before I get that part done.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:27 PM   #7
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Campster Windows

It will be a day or 2, but I will take a hard look at the windows on the inside of my Campster and report what I find.. I will take pictures if you like. In fact if you need Campster pictures of any kind, just let me know. Be happy to help.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:41 PM   #8
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It will be a day or 2, but I will take a hard look at the windows on the inside of my Campster and report what I find.. I will take pictures if you like. In fact if you need Campster pictures of any kind, just let me know. Be happy to help.
Thanks Roger,
I have seen on the internet some new window track liners that are silicone instead of the old felt. I am hoping to find some of those that will work for a replacement upgrade. My originals have 46 years worth of UV rot damage.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:23 PM   #9
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After measuring my glass channel dimensions to verify that the product would indeed fit I went ahead and ordered a fuzzy window track liner. It is offered by Vintage Trailers which is where I placed my order for VTS-278 Fuzzy Glass Channel for Airstream Classic & Revcon MHs Research turned up this material was also used in the 1960's and very early 1970 as auto window glass run channel. You know when you rolled up your car window it went into that lined channel along the sides and top that sealed out the air and kept it from rattling. This stuff is the modern replacement for that era. Because it is also an auto window glass part you can purchase it from J.C.. Whitney as well but it is only a few cents cheaper from them.

I also order one more part, on the upright divider that is on the inside of the window there is a fuzzy weather strip piece. When I took the aluminum divider out to get a good look at it and touched the material to check its condition all the fuzz fell off onto the floor. It is another one of the universal auto glass materials but it too was used to make trailer windows.
That material is Vintage Trailer Supply part:
VTS-277 Pile Weatherstripping for Airstream Classic MHs

This is going to be an expensive rejuvination to get those windows functional again! So far just for this one purchase it was a little over $80.00 plus shipping. Of course I still need the outside gaskets and there is the cost of butyl tape as well.

Plus I need to fabricate a spacer ring for the inside. I had removed the felted wall liner the other night. There was an additional piece of material used in a ring right under the clamp frame. That material was just the old style grey felted carpet padding one would have found in a home. Not sure what I will make the spacer from, maybe one of the pieces of plastics we have lots of scraps of in the workshop. It can be cut on the tablesaw and it won't rot the way plywood might if a leak develops. Good to use up scraps and have it turn out better than new
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I'm following this with great interests since I have a "new-to-me" Campster and will need to replace the window track liner. I managed to get the windows to slide but in the process most of the fuzzy stuff is gone...

While we're talking about Campster windows, does anyone know what they used for screens? Mine doesn't have any screens and not even a frame for a screen. Was there a frame or did they just use really fat spline?

I was thinking (once I got the windows open) that window screens would be nice...
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Old 06-06-2016, 11:03 PM   #11
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I'm following this with great interests since I have a "new-to-me" Campster and will need to replace the window track liner. I managed to get the windows to slide but in the process most of the fuzzy stuff is gone...

While we're talking about Campster windows, does anyone know what they used for screens? Mine doesn't have any screens and not even a frame for a screen. Was there a frame or did they just use really fat spline?

I was thinking (once I got the windows open) that window screens would be nice...
I have no idea if there ever were any window screens but I do know there is no place to put a screen spline in the existing window frame.

It would of course be possible to fabricate something that works. The windows look to have a 3 inch corner radius which is one of the standard sizes. For my own project I will likely do an RV junkyard prowl and find screens that are too large but have that same corner radius size and them cut the straight framing component pieces down to size. Then put in new screening and of course new spline. I can easily create some retaining clips to hold the completed screens in place.

Window screens are very low on my priorities list at the moment as I am not in a mosquito zone while doing the renovation work. Getting the interior fuzzy pieces put in is high priority as I want to do it when I take the windows out during the painting the exterior phase.
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I took a quick look at the windows and discovered that window pulls are glued to the glass. They seem to be simple L shaped pulls. I also discovered that my front window is broken. It looks like it might be a stress fracture which covers a small part of the corner. It is a semi circular break with a radius of about 4 inches. I am thinking that I will replace the glass with an acrylic or polycarbonate I welcome opinions and suggestions.
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I took a quick look at the windows and discovered that window pulls are glued to the glass. They seem to be simple L shaped pulls. I also discovered that my front window is broken. It looks like it might be a stress fracture which covers a small part of the corner. It is a semi circular break with a radius of about 4 inches. I am thinking that I will replace the glass with an acrylic or polycarbonate I welcome opinions and suggestions.
Easy decision...you definetly want to use polycarbonate, it is impact resistant, acrylic is not. But if you can find it and afford the extra premium price you will want polycarbonate that is has extra hard coating on the surfaces for scratch resistance and is UV resistant too. Such as this product, Abrasion Resistant Polycarbonate Sheet There are other makers and sellers of polycarbonate with these kinds of specs but I wanted to give you an example of what to look for if you are going to have a pane made.

Window Handle...Glued to glass installation explains why the pulls have gone missing while leaving no evidence behind Photo please so I know where it was positioned? I have the VHB tape and aluminum angle ready to go.
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Thanks for the heads up on the polycarbonate. I will be looking for extra hard/UV filtering. I will get you some detailed pictures of the window pulls as soon as I can, but I think it will be day or 2. Also, when I post the window pictures, I will include my pride and joy.

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