Hunter Compact II Windows - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-19-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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Hunter Compact II Windows

Hello Friends,

Getting the Hunter ready for Summer; Going to to do a minor resto on it, which will no doubt turn into a major resto. Having a crack at the windows first, excuse the pun. The last owner spread caulking all over the place. which I can remove no problem.

Any advice on removing the windows would be much appreciated. I also would like to know what the gasket material is and where to get it please? Mines perished over the years.

Got loads more to do so we'll probably get to know each other. Looking forward to it.

Chin Chin,

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Old 05-20-2020, 09:27 AM   #2
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Hi Chin Chin,
When I did my renovation, I don't recall replacing the rubber gasket. I suggest taking the window to a window shop. They would be the most helpful to address that issue. Shouldn't cost much.

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:01 PM   #3
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Thanks Francene,

I found a place called steelerubber.com. They can advise by sending photo's with a ruler as a guide for measurement. Thanks again and an extra thanks for the late night messaging. I didnt know you're in a different timezone.

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:03 PM   #4
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Yes, no problem. Good luck with your windows.

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:41 PM   #5
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It helps to do this with a partner who serves as a Catcher for when you get the window loose enough from the caulking to remove it out of the shell.

Remove any excess caulk around the outside.
On the interior remove the screws that are in the interior trim ring.

On the outside take a thin, flexible putty knife to slide between the window trim and the shell going all the way around the perimeter so break that bond of the caulking under the aluminum trim. I have also used one of the little bent O ring removal picks to dig out stubborn caulk if the window does not push out easily. You can find the little O ring picks at any hardware or auto parts store, they are not expensive.

Set the window down on an old towel on top of a table or other horizontal surface and clean all the old caulking off of it. If your window needs new rubber seals and track run felt for the sliding now is the time to replace those items and get it in good operating condition.

Then clean the surface of the fiberglass.

Next you will apply butyl rubber tape against the aluminum flange or against the fiberlass and set the window back in place. Be sure you get it centered so that the flange does not have any gaps from the opening too close to the edge of the exterior trims. Push the window firmly into the butyl tape. Then the person inside begins to install the screws. When secure it you don't want to start from one end and work towards the other, instead do the following. Do the corners first working on the diagonal mate. Then the center screws top and bottom. Just keep on working on the opposite pairs of screws.

Don't be in a hurry to remove the excess butyl rubber tape that squeezes out on the exterior because it will continue to creep out over the next week or so. No point in trimming it after the window is put in and then be frustrated that you have to trim it again several more days in a row.

Other tips to make the job eaiser:
keep the rolls of butyl rubber tape in a gallon sized ziplock bag in the refrigeration. The warmer the weather the stickier it gets and when it is sticky it is a lot more difficult to apply it. But it will be nice and firm and not too sticky when it comes out of the fridge. That will make the job go a whole lot easier and faster than trying to deal with it sticking to your fingers.

Also it is easier to cut the butyl tape to length with a pair of scissors than it is to try to cut it with a knife.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:14 PM   #6
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Very good, thorough instructions, k corbin!

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Old 05-22-2020, 04:42 PM   #7
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My friend, that is nothing short of BRILLIANT! Concise yet fastidious. As for the bonus tips.... out of this world!

Chin Chin and Have Aa Great Day,

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Old 05-22-2020, 06:55 PM   #8
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Good luck Chin Chin. I hope you can post your progress. I would like to do this same thing on my camper.

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Old 05-22-2020, 07:00 PM   #9
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Will do old chap. It may take a while, not as if anyone's going anywhere lol. If I can get all done for one of the meetups next year I'd be happy.

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Old 06-04-2021, 03:51 PM   #10
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'74 Hunter Compact II Window Frames

My husband and I are trying to renovate a 1974 Hunter Compact II. We would love some advice about the aluminum (?) window frames. The exterior frames are dull from oxidation and have quite a number of very small pits. The interior frames, while not shiny, are in much better condition, probably because they were inside (haha). Does anyone know if the original frames supposed to be matted, not shiny? Is there anything we can do to bring them back closer to original? We tried using vinegar and water and 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper, the applied Mother's Mag and Aluminum paste, according to instructions, but it didn't seem to do very much even after using a buffing pad on a drill. Thank you so much for any advice!
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Old 06-04-2021, 04:04 PM   #11
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Hello Michelle,

I'm going to take mine out so that I can respray them. I've researched self etching paint. I'm hoping that does the trick.

Good luck
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HibMichelle, the exterior window frames on my 74 Compact II had a matt finish, not shiny. Aluminum polish on them is the best you can do to create a little lustre and protect the metal from the elements.

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