Post by photopoetess on Jun 29, 2018 21:58:10 GMT -8
Newbie here. Hello! Lots of great info here.
My boyfriend has a 1968 Aristocrat Lo Liner trailer that he takes great pride in and loves. From what I understand, it is rare due to the fact that it has a bathroom, shower and a top side fridge. It seems to be in great shape and is fully operational. We have had many wonderful memories in it.
I have recently accidentally broken a few of the jalousie window panes/slats and am eager to replace them. After reading several threads here, this is what I have gathered: Remove the screen and take one of the good panes to a local reputable glass shop, tell them what I am using it for and order replacements and an extra for any future mishaps. I should request tempered glass and that all four sides be ground. This sounds good to me and I'm all for it, but my boyfriend states that the glass will not be the same color or quality as the originals. Will the replacement glass be sufficient and undetectable of differences from the originals? Would I be better off trying to find original 1968 glass panes, and if so, where might I do that? I found some on ebay and the measurements are close, but not exactly the same.
I replaced some glass on a 63 Shasta. A glass shop will take one look at the old (broken) glass and know whether they can match it. I had a hard time finding a place like that here so I ordered these from Home Depot:
My Hehr windows had 3/16” glass originally but the glass shop didn’t have it. All they had was 1/4” and it worked fine. I wouldn’t use tempered but by law, I was told, if it is on a trailer it has to be tempered. I told them it was for an old shed which is basically what it is if I don’t get out there and finish it.
As far as quality goes, I don't see how modern glass is inferior to the vintage stuff. There are different grades of glass, usually having to do with waviness and bubbles, but it's pretty rare in modern glass. Yes, the new glass will stand out against the old because it doesn't have the water deposits, scratches, and slightly sand blasted look of the older glass. You can't hide this. What you want, as mentioned, is untempered 3/16 x 4" × whatever length. You want the ground edges. I think it's called a pencil grind and it comes in a clear or frosted. Just match your originals. I had to replace 2 and the glass shop wanted $35 for both. If I could afford, I would replace all 14.