Sliding door broken window

sprindle

New member
Help! It’s a double pane window, the outer pane is smashed. I need a source for a double pane replacement.




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OldWest

2004 T1N Westfalia
The outer pane should be a standard Dodge Sprinter sliding door fixed pane window which is held in place by the black standard window weatherstripping/mounting. (NEED to double check measurements/dimensions.)

The inner pane is a Westfalia item and looks like it is glued to the outer pane.

The interior gray plastic roll-up screen and surround may need to be removed for easier access.

1. Insurance?

Before doing anything, check your insurance to see if covered and how much deductible.

2. Outer Pane Replacement

The window size for the sliding door is DIFFERENT than the window size for the non-sliding door size, so need to be careful to identify right part. Replacement originals can be a fixed pane orna half slider.

3. Body Shop/Window Replacement Shop--Same Outer Window Pane

Find a good body shop or replacement windshield/window shop. Ask them re cost of a replacement Dodge (or Mercedes). They can look up or you can ask a Dodge or Mercedes dealer for correct part number.

Have them examine how inner pane is mounted and whether they can remove and reuse.

4. DIY

If you are handy, you might install a replacement pane yourself. There are posts here (search OneManVan and this subforum) on how to install a sliding window on the driver side.

5. Alternative Option--Half Slider Window

If you don't need a double paned window on the sliding door and would prefer a window which can be opened, you could do that.


Please follow up with what you find. Thanks.
 

sprindle

New member
Thanks, OldWest. Geico says this will be covered under a comprehensive claim, so I’m out just $100 no matter the cost.

The glass shop in Anchorage I went to seems competent, they looked up the VIN which of course pulls up a 2004 Dodge Sprinter, not a 2005 Airstream Westfalia, didn’t find the window.

They also tried searching on the Pilkington number on the glass, again no result.

Tomorrow I’ll call Airstream, see what they have to say. Also, another Westfalia owner has given me the name of someone in Germany who may be helpful.

Again, thanks.

// Steve


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Riptide

Member
OK, I'm dying to know what happened...

I happen to have a spare window that I bought from Airstream years ago (no, it's not for sale). But, this is the sticker on the side of the box:
 

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autostaretx

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If it's the sliding door, the fixed glass for a 2004 is Dodge # 05104363AA , MB # A 901 735 04 09

The weather strip is Dodge: 05104364AA , MB# A 901 735 09 20

--dick
 

grozier

Member
As bad as it seems, you may indeed be very lucky, as the outer glass is easily obtainable. The inner glass may be unobtanium.

A competent glass shop should be able to fix this. First, if you're at all handy, I'd recommend striping down the door and keeping all the tiny pieces for yourself. You need the attached documents. You may or may not have to buy a new lock knob; contrary to what it says in the manual, ours just unscrewed.

Behind the blinds you will find two angle brackets that attach to the door. Label those right and left, up/down etc. and take them off too.

The glass shop should measure the gap between the two panes (perhaps spacers are required?) and then glue them together with the appropriate adhesive. Replace the gasket while you're at it!

Good luck and keep us posted.

Ted
 

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grozier

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By the way, if you are traveling, the only tools you'll need for the door panel removal is a fingernail and the Mercedes tool kit screwdriver.
 

sprindle

New member
Many thanks for the replies so far. I’m currently up in Anchorage and plan to postpone this repair until my return to Maryland this fall.

BTW, I did talk to Airstream. They came up with a Creation part number, said Airstream had some spare glass but no longer, and Creation is out of business.

// Steve


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grozier

Member
Good idea, but be sure to secure the inner pane so it cannot fall into the door and smash. It is attached to the outer pane. Also, do something around the edge to keep water out of the door.

Ted
 

sprindle

New member
Since I am no longer using, ie slamming shut, the sliding door, things have stabilized and the outer pane has sufficient glass to secure the inner pane (I hope).

// Steve


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