how to remove front "window/awning" frame - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-17-2020, 01:22 PM   #1
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how to remove front "window/awning" frame

Hi! I'm in the process of getting our 1973 1300 painted. We have the original "aluminum framed front window awning" with the 3 pcs corrugated material. I would like to remove this so that the painter can more easily/thoroughly paint the 3 pcs (if they are painted while in the frame, he won't be able to spray the edges and they are currently teal green!). So......1/ has anyone removed this "awning" and 2/ have you busted any screws doing it and if yes, how did u solve that problem?

I am guesing that once the awning is out, the frame comes apart and the 3 pcs of corrugated material can be easily removed/sanded and painted?

Thanks and have a great day!
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:04 PM   #2
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Its no different than removing windows. Similar/same attachment method into the same wood that is around the windows. Once its off, I would just mask and paint.

As you remove the screws, you will find some corroded, and some maybe not. Those corroded screws will tell you where the wood will be rotten.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:45 AM   #3
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The Awning has its own frame on three sides. Once you remove the screws on those sides, it will come right off. The window is attached separately. Pull the plastic cover off the screws, then remove the screws. The butyl tape will hold it in. You can use a putty knife to work it loose.

The most important thing to remember is to pull the window out from the bottom first. Once you get it out, you will see that it kind of hooks up on the top.

The awning itself may come apart. Trillium went through several design changes. Some of the awnings are crimped together. Getting them apart, without damaging them can be difficult.
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