How to remove and reinstall the "bubble" windows (Trillium 1300) - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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How to remove and reinstall the "bubble" windows (Trillium 1300)

Hello! We are finally finishing our sanding and prepping to paint. The previous owner had siliconed around the bubble windows - presumably they were leaking. The rubber seems a bit stiff and it was probably no longer forming a good seal.

I'm wondering how to get these windows in and out and where I might find replacement rubber material? Both windows have a gap in the rubber surround at the bottom - previous owner filled it with calk. I'd like a more refined solution :-)

This is my first experience working with this kind of snap in window. All advice is welcomed!

thanks :-)
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Not sure what kind of window that is, however, it's not original to your Trillium!

I sorry I can't really help you remove those, but I'm sure someone will be along to help.

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Old 10-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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Ummm.... I am kinda a Trillium specialist, but that window was only in the 1971, and earlier Trilliums. Bolers have a similar front and rear window. Maybe do a search on Boler window replacement.

BTW, I would love to add your Trillium to the serial number list:
Serial numbers on a Trillium

Just post a picture, int that thread, of your data sheet, which should be on the inside of your closet door, and some pictures of the inside, and outside of your Trillium.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #4
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That could be similar to the window weatherstrip that is used on our Uhaul camper. Can you post a close up picture of it from inside the trailer.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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Also try the local or on-line boat suppliers. That looks exactly like what's used on a lot of fiberglass boats windows as well.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #6
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Bob your U-haul window is held in by a metal band and screws. This Trill window is like a Boler they might try a automotive glass shop.
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Chuck, only the front and rear windows are held in with a clamp ring ( metal band and screws), the side windows use weatherstrip that has a lock strip. See perfect fit.com, AS 1456 and 789. Since Larry's appears to have a rubber that is not one continuous piece, see gap at bottom, it could be something similar. That's why I wanted an interior picture, to see if there is a lock strip. However some types of window weatherstrip have an integral lock strip rather than a separate removeable one. Our Uhaul had both, one type on the left, other on the right.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. Will try to get more pix tomorrow. This is a 1971 Trillium and has the same fixed window front and rear and from my research they are original (they changed to a functioning front window the following year)
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:28 AM   #9
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Figured it out.. I looked at the profile from the side and the grommet has a built in locking strip that doesn't remove. You just kind of pry them apart...

Now the question is - can i get the same shape stuff and/or will the kind with the separate locking strip work and either way, where do I find it? And how do I finish it off more cleanly than a big blob of butyl?

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Old 10-04-2013, 10:34 AM   #10
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Scamp seems to be the ONLY place in the world to get this stuff!
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go to perfect fit.com, you may find it there. I bought similar weatherstrip to install the window in our Uhaul. Using the separate lock strip is OK, you'll want to buy the tool to install it. That weatherstrip is available in various dimensions, try to get something as close to original as possible. The main concern is the groove width that goes over the window and the trailer wall. The closest I could come for my application was the AS1456 and 789 lock strip. Using liquid dish soap, I used Ivory, as a lubricant really helps in getting the window in and installing the lock strip. You want the ends of the weatherstrip to butt tight together, I cut the new weatherstrip a few inches too long, got it set around the opening, and made the final cut for it to fit tight, then install the window, then the lock strip, or fold in the attached lock strip, whatever the case may be.
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Scamp seems to be the ONLY place in the world to get this stuff!
Not really, besides perfect fit, JC Whitney has some, and it is made by another company that I can't remember the name of, but I think JC's site may give you that company name. A google search may turn up other options.
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Amazing, thanks - perfectfit has the one-piece stuff. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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I found a canadian dealer for a bunch of this self locking weatherstrip and other trim pieces:

Cooper-Standard Automotive (StanPro) Parts | Hi-Tech Glazing Supplies

The closest for this application is StanPro AS-1522 and AS-990

Here is a Stanpro spec sheet too: http://stanpro.com/PDFsRegOnly/Self%...atherstrip.pdf

Thanks for the leads everyone!
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