Well it's been a year and we may be nearing the end of our Love Bug
project. We hits some bumps in the road but are back at it again.
. We decided to reinstall the original awning
type side windows
. They are ridged with a sleeve that fits into the window opening. Here is our problem. When we insert and clamp the window frame into the hole, we can't pull the top and bottom of the window frame tight to the top and bottom of the window hole in the camper. It is because the side of the camper has a curve where the side of the camper curves to the top of the camper.
May irrelevant, but the driver side has slightly more bend than the passenger side, creating a slightly larger gap on that window.
Is this the way that these windows
are supposed to "fit"? Install the center close and then fill the gaps along the top and bottom edges with additional butyl tape and caulk?
We will be installing drip rails over the windows.
There is no inside frame for the window. When we got the the camper the frames were riveted directly through the fiberglass camper shell, no washers, then ensolite installed over the rivet (stubs).
We have discussed cutting a 1" X wood board to fit the around the inside of the window (for esthetic purposes) and screw through the exterior frame into the "new" interior frame...sandwiching the fiberglass shell between the two while creating a frame on the inside to hide the rivets and hang a curtain rod. We could use this method to pull the curve out of the shell if we pull things tighter - closer to each other at the top and bottom of the frame flattening the shell.
...there is the risk of the shell bending the interior wooden frame (over time) back to its current shape forcing the window frame to be bent, causing an ill-fitting window.
... or, the window frame will not, immediately, withstand the stress of the "sandwich" method, previously mentioned, and the screws will pull through the aluminum window frame while attempting to hold the frame tight against the shell.
When we removed the windows, almost a year ago, they were such a mess and caked with silicone. I don't know if there was a gap at the top and bottom.
Any body have any insight or ideas for installing these windows.
Any advice is welcomed.