I decided that I want a double-sided kitchen in the trailer which would leave one side without a window. I found a small Hehr jalousie window from an old trailer for $100 and bought it off craigslist. It is different from the other windows on the Streamline. It is 22″ x 11.5″ which fits perfectly the width of an existing vent that is located just above where the countertop will go. I just removed the old vent, which was used for ventilation behind the old refrigerator, and trimmed the exterior aluminum to the correct size.
I took the jalousie window apart last night to clean it and replace a few things I got from Vintage Trailer Supply;
- the old pile weatherstripping on each side of the hinges
- the bottom seal where the glass meets the frame
- the retainer discs that hold the glass to the hinges
- the window glass seal that keeps a tight seal where each piece of glass meets
All of this for just $17 with shipping!
Here are the specific items on VTS:
I lost the images of the restoration and installation of all of my other windows so I will do a basic breakdown of the process.
- remove the exterior rivets by either knocking them sideways with a flathead screwdriver and hammer or drill them out by making a dimple with a metal punch then drilling the rivet with a drill bit with a diameter slightly larger than the existing rivet.
- scrub and clean the exterior aluminum where the window was resting
- remove the old butyl tape and/or sealant from the back of the window frame
- disassemble the window frame by reversing out the existing screws, usually two per corner, these can be rusted and strip easily so use penetrant to loosen them first. sometimes I had to use a dremel disc to grind a notch on the end of the phillips screw head and then use a flathead to loosen them.
- use a wire brush on a drill or sandpaper/aluminum wool/acid to clean the aluminum frame pieces
- replace any broken hinges, gearboxes, glass panes, etc.
- replace old seals with new seals from VTS (not fun when the old seal is crimped in the aluminum, I had to use a dremel to grind out the seal in these places)
- replace existing rusted rivets with new ones from VTS, i used aluminum but stainless steal is available. Be careful when tightening new rivets so that the hinges can still move freely
- apply penetrant to all moving parts and make sure they all move freely
- assemble the frame, remember to put the torque bar in first if it has one
- test the opening and closing mechanism to make sure the window works properly
- apply butyl tape to the back of the frame over the rivet holes where the frame will meet the exterior skin of the trailer
- drill out old rivets from trailer exterior
- place window in trailer exterior and press firmly to make sure the butyl tape sticks and there is contact with the skin on the entire frame
- drill out the holes of the frame into the trailer skin to make sure the holes are wide enough for the new rivets
- use TremPro 635 Polyurethane sealant and apply liberally into each rivet hole to ensure a leak-proof rivet
- use air compressor and rivet gun to apply each Olympic Shaveable Rivets (Pkg of 100)
- carefully remove any excess butyl tape that is protruding from the window frame without scraping the skin
- apply a seal of the Trempro sealant around the window frame to ensure a good seal
and your done!!
This was my process anyhow and I have not had any leaks on the re-installed windows so far.
Here is a list of all of the items from Vintage Trailer Supply for the Streamline Jalousie Windows: