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Heli_av8tor

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Window Fell Apart
« on: August 09, 2017, 09:46:12 AM »
The window next to the entrance door slides up to open. Along the top edge is an aluminum extrusion with the latch pins. The window glass fits in a U channel with a thin rubber sheet between the glass and frame. The weight of the glass hangs on this extrusion.

This assembly has come apart. It doesn't look like there was any adhesive. I haven't tried to reassemble, but fear it will just come apart again.

What's the best way to repair this?

Thanks, Tom
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Tom Hoffman

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Re: Window Fell Apart
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 10:22:12 AM »
I would use a bead of clear silicone caulk.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Window Fell Apart
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 08:49:07 AM »
If I reading this correctly, the aluminum frame is slipping off the top of the glass? Is there a metal frame down the sides as well, or just the top piece?  If top only, all of that type I have seen has the frame glued to the glass with a metal-to-glass adhesive. If full frame, usually the metal pieces are just bound to each other, boxing in the glass so no adhesive needed.

If an adhesive is needed, something like Loctite Glass Glue would work well. Or any "superglue".
http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/sg_glass/overview/Loctite-Glass-Glue.htm
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Heli_av8tor

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Re: Window Fell Apart
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 11:02:07 AM »
Yes Gary. There is an aluminum u-channel cross piece on the top (only). It has a rubber piece folded over the glass then the channel is pushed on.

I ended up using Weldwood Contact cement on all parts and pushing together before the cement set (contrary to normal contact cement practice).

That was a few months ago and I haven't been in a situation where I wanted that window open. It may fall apart again if I actually use it. If that happens I will try new rubber.

Thanks,
Tom
Tom & Theresa
2004 Pace Arrow 37C
Workhorse W22, 8.1 Vortec
2014 Honda CR-V Toad, Roadmaster -5 Base and tow bar
SMI Stay and Play Duo Brake system

blw2

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Re: Window Fell Apart
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 12:39:33 PM »
it sounds like what happened to one of my windows, except mine is a side slider. 
The glass was press-fitted into the extrusion with an elastomer gasket.  Just came apart one day.

I did as others have already suggested....used an adhesive.
except I am anti-silicone
I used some sort of clear caulk I had on hand... I think Lexel....taped it to hold while it cured.... that was a good while back now (maybe a year or so?).... so far so good
I tried and tried, even used clamps, but could not get it together with the gasket in place, so I left it out.
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