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Old 04-23-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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I need to replace the front window of my 1973 13' Boler. I have read numerous threads on the topic and it seems quite do-able. I went to a local glass shop to buy the plexi and lock strip and the manager was adament that plexiglass would fall out, yellow within a year and scratch if ever wiped clean. In addition I was quoted $5.00 a foot for lock strip and $75.00 for the tool. Has anyone ever experienced any of these issues when using plexiglass and secondly does anyone know any good suppliers in Calgary AB. Thanks
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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Hi Matt, welcome to FiberglassRV... we're glad you're here. IMHO... Do not take your trailer to that local glass shop, they obviously don't know a whole lot.

The plexi in the front (and back) of my 24 year old Scamp is original. Yes, it has a few scratches (of my doing), but isn't yellow and has never fallen out. You can get the tool for about $15 on Amazon. Scamp sells both the gasket and lock strip but you may find it cheaper closer to home and won't pay S&H.

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Hi Donna Thanks for the input I will check out Amazon and get going with this.

So the back window looks to have been replaced quite recently (ive only had the trailer for a month) but i notice during a recent rain that there is a bit of water seeping from the bottom corner of the window, I was wondering if I should remove the rubber lock strip and caulk it or if anyone has a better solution of suggestions
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Hi Donna Thanks for the input I will check out Amazon and get going with this.

So the back window looks to have been replaced quite recently (ive only had the trailer for a month) but i notice during a recent rain that there is a bit of water seeping from the bottom corner of the window, I was wondering if I should remove the rubber lock strip and caulk it or if anyone has a better solution of suggestions
Hey Matt. I've already talked to Speedy Auto Glass and I'm going there tomorow to pick up the seal which already has the lockstrip attached. They quoted me 1.75 a foot. but thats Winnipeg. If you have a Speedy in Calgary then maybe you can pick the same thing up there. Because the lockstrip is attached I might be able to get away with using a butter knife but I'm not too sure on that. Never done a window before so I'll talk to the guys at the shop and find out. On another thread someone asked if I could get a part no. so I can let you know too if you'd like. As for caulking, I tried that and it looks like garbage but I'm not a caulker.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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Thanks Brian, we do have Speedy Auto Glass here so I will go check in out. I am skeptical about caulking it for the very reason you stated, just not sure how else to fix the problem????
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If the seal has never been replaced before then it would be almost 40 years old and bound to start leaking somewhere. So just changing the seal should do the trick, notice I said "should" haha. I'm still fairly new to this too. Google "replacing windows of a boler" and you should get a link to a step by step video on how to replace the window by Kevin. He posts alot of vidoes.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:34 PM   #7
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Sounds good, i have watched the video and its seems simple enough, famous last words
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #8
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You mentioned Calgary. If all goes well I'll be taking my boler that way in May. I have friends in Pincher Creek that go camping every May long. Somewhere around Beaver Mines I think.
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Never use an ammonia base window cleaner on plexiglass like normal Windex or 409. Just search the web for ammonia and plexiglass to get details. Also never dry clean the window. I think Windex makes a non-ammonia cleaner but it is hard to find, I think it is green.
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Hi Matt
The part number for the seal from Speedy Auto Glass is 6200140. Let me know how it goes.

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Thanks for the tip about ammonia Eddie, wouldnt want to wreck it as soon as i finished.

Hey Brian let me know how Beaver Mines is, our trailer wont be ready to go for a while yet but most of our camping in the past has been in central BC so definitely looking for good places in AB to start checking out, and thanks for the part number, im gonna round up the parts this weekend
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As far as scratches go... now, I have no personal knowledge if this works... but Alf posted Brasso works to gently remove surface scratches on plexiglass. If the window is in really bad shape, it may be worth trying before automatically spending the money to replace.

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Thanks for the inside scoop on the Brasso Donna, I'll have to try that.

Matt, The campground is Castle River Bridge Campground. Just past Beaver Mines. Its always a blast. My buddies usually take their monster 4x4's and go mudbogging down the old logging roads in the area. We dont usually camp in the sites, we mostly camp across the road in a little open area. More room to park the trucks, but the sites from what I can remember are really nice. They have a few pics online if you google the campground. I'd say about 2.5 hrs or so from Calgary. You're pretty much in the mountains but I'm from Winnipeg so a speed bump is a mountain to me. haha.
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Boler Window Seal and Cleaning Plexiglass

I replaced my front and back window rubber with the seal and lockstrip from Scamp. I have a bit left over that could be used to confirm the dimensions with the glass shop before you order (I am in Calgary). I found the folks at Crystal Glass on Centre Street were very helpful when I was working on my trailer. A tool is available for about $20 and you should be able to order one through the glass shop. Here is a link to one.

Windshield Lockstrip Tool : All-Glass Parts

I was thinking of replacing my original plexiglass (1975 Boler) due to surface scratches but I tried cleaning and buffing first with Meguiar's Plastx Cleaner Polish from Canadian Tire. It did such a good job that I just kept the old windows and it is the only thing I clean them with.

Meguiar'sŪ Plastx Cleaner Polish | Canadian Tire
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