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Old 01-02-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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Side window removal in Thomas bus

I have a 1996 Thomas and I cant seem to get the side windows out. I removed the retainer clips from the inside and cut the caulk. No amount of pulling seems to allow these to come out. Any advice? It is cold outside I'm sure that makes things tougher but they should come out. Thanks
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Old 01-03-2017, 02:02 AM   #2
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Check the outside of the window seam. I have been slowly pulling mine and working them panel by panel and I have found that for whatever reason there is an extra bead on the outside of the windows here and there. Not every one. Just a few. Check the tension of the frame above and below to see if the thermal contraction really is pinching them in there. Double check you cut all the caulking and try and use a decent sized blade. I learned the hard way that a short box cutter didn't do the job every time but my work knife sure did. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:47 AM   #3
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cut the caulk inside and out, open window so you can grab the top,pull in at the top of the window then pull up out of the window seat. they should come right out. good luck
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:41 AM   #4
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just pulled out some of mine this weekend.
on the sides and across the bottom there was not more than a tablespoon worth of sealant on the outside.
But in the bottom corners there was a tablespoon glob.
Did as Dave says but then had to pull the frame up and rock it left and right to release from those corner globs.
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just pulled out some of mine this weekend.
on the sides and across the bottom there was not more than a tablespoon worth of sealant on the outside.
But in the bottom corners there was a tablespoon glob.
Did as Dave says but then had to pull the frame up and rock it left and right to release from those corner globs.
Must be the FL humidity or something- mine seem to come out real easy.
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:33 AM   #6
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I have removed and replaced all the windows in my Thomas bus several times now. Some of them get "stuck" and required the light tapping of a hammer on the frame.
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:57 AM   #7
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Must be the FL humidity or something- mine seem to come out real easy.
or just the coach builders differences in how much goop they used that day of the year and which day of the week.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:43 AM   #8
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I have a 1996 Thomas and I cant seem to get the side windows out. I removed the retainer clips from the inside and cut the caulk. No amount of pulling seems to allow these to come out. Any advice? It is cold outside I'm sure that makes things tougher but they should come out. Thanks
Hey, we have a 91 and had the same problem. If you look inside the channel on the windows check for some little screws in there, we had them. After that it was just a ton of pulling.

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I have removed and replaced all the windows in my Thomas bus several times now. Some of them get "stuck" and required the light tapping of a hammer on the frame.
What type of sealant did you use when you replaced the window?
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:58 PM   #10
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When i was pulling out my windows I had the caulk on both sides, screws in either side, and a single screw in the top of the window covered by the weatherstripping which had to be partially removed to get the screw out. If I hadn't taken out my ceiling panels and insulation I would have never seen the screw sticking out of the top of the window frame. Hopefully you don't have these annoying screws as well.
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With sawzalls, drills and grinders at hand those windows will come out. A flatbar helps.
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What type of sealant did you use when you replaced the window?
pl makes a urathane bases sealant , I painted my windows black so I needed black. they have several colors. solar seal is the same product.
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