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Old 09-18-2008, 01:55 AM   #15
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My wife is happy with the Jalousie windows we will be getting in our new Trillium. I, however, while I like the style, there are some drawbacks:

http://tva.apogee.net/res/rewjalo.asp

However, they may not be such a big thing in an RV.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:40 PM   #16
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Thank you Roger C H.
The link points out a couple of disadvantages.
- The panes do not seal well = not energy efficient
- The panes do not seal well = dust gets in
- The corners protrude======== possible head wounds, scars, embarrassment
On the plus we have a few.
- Superior ventilation
- Ability to ventilate in the rain, a big plus for small campers and those without A/C
- Retro look, but maybe not so much with the radius corners

I wonder if the newer models seal any better than the older.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:22 PM   #17
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My two cents... For me, having a good seal is pretty much irrelevant since we usually keep at least two opposite windows partly open for ventilation and to minimize condensation anyway. And I don't think the seal is bad enough that an unmanageable amount of dust would get in, unless you were out camping in extreme dust, in which case I would probably want to stay home and not go camping. As for head wounds... you can either learn your way around them... or not open them as wide... or... let natural selection kick in.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:09 PM   #18
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I would prefer a dual glazed window that seals well, against weather and dust. An awning window would best fit this bill, but fully open would stick out even further. Most times with the roof vents open, one only needs to open the windows a bit anyway to get good ventilation. I would only be concerned with the amount an awning window would open on the door side of the trailer, as it is really the only side that one regularly walks by so the other 3 sides would be fine with awning. On the door side most windows could be non-operating. Another advantage of an awning window over louvered is that there is no obstructions in the middle of the window.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:16 AM   #19
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I personally prefer the look of the sliding windows with their radius corners - however, I have to admit that the ability to open the windows in the rain is a very very real benefit.

The inability of Jalousie windows to seal all that well is probably what really did them in. With the increase in the popularity of air conditioning in trailers - using the windows for ventilation became less important. To the contrary - if you're using the AC to keep cool, having windows that don't seal well becomes a serious drawback.

In a very small trailer it isn't all that big a deal though. I've found that in my little trailer, we're best off running the AC AND opening the ceiling vent - so windows that breath wouldn't be an issue.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:22 PM   #20
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I personally prefer the look of the sliding windows with their radius corners - however, I have to admit that the ability to open the windows in the rain is a very very real benefit.

The inability of Jalousie windows to seal all that well is probably what really did them in. With the increase in the popularity of air conditioning in trailers - using the windows for ventilation became less important. To the contrary - if you're using the AC to keep cool, having windows that don't seal well becomes a serious drawback.

In a very small trailer it isn't all that big a deal though. I've found that in my little trailer, we're best off running the AC AND opening the ceiling vent - so windows that breath wouldn't be an issue.
"Did them in"? I wouldn't go that far. The 2004 Rockwood we sold this past spring had jalousie windows all around. They worked fine, too. No leaks. I'm sure plenty of RV manufacturers use them yet, so they can't be all that bad... at least if they're made right.
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Another advantage of an awning window over louvered is that there is no obstructions in the middle of the window.
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Thanks Jim Bennett for the insight.
Does the awning window crank out in a similar way to the jalousie/louvered?
I had not considered distinguishing between the number of panes.
I read earlier in the string that some of the newer models have panes within the main frame that are fixed and do not open. This potentially decreasing the amount of maximum air flow compared to the size of the overall cutout in the wall.
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Does the awning window crank out in a similar way to the jalousie/louvered?
I had not considered distinguishing between the number of panes.
I read earlier in the string that some of the newer models have panes within the main frame that are fixed and do not open. This potentially decreasing the amount of maximum air flow compared to the size of the overall cutout in the wall.
An awning window has the whole unit opening hinged at the top.

Single glazed windows have a insulation rating of R-1, dual glazing R-2, and if Low-E glazing is used with argon gas (inert) between the panes it is R-3 (these are only approximate values). In colder climates it is quite important keeping the interior warmer, and lessening the condensation buildup on the inside. Even in warm climates it will help keep the heat out.

With good venting on the roof, especially aided by a good fan, one only needs enough open window area to maintain a good flow. I have traveled very little in hot climates, so have never really used maximum venting on a trailer. I would imagine with you being in California that a trailer could heat up quite good.
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Hello,
Thank you to all who participated in the poll.
And thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:31 AM   #24
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Our 95 16 SD Casita has louvers & we love them.. Provide much better air flow than the new little sliders. When you put the rain guards on the sliders, you get even less air flow.. I'll take louvers over sliders everytime............
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Personally my Compact II has slider windows. While they work acceptably, I can see the logical benefits in jalousie, louvered, and awning type windows. Granted, it doesn't rain much here in Southern Ca versus places like the Pacific northwest, but I sure do like the idea of being all snuggled up in the trailer while its raining outside, and smelling that great earthy smell that always comes up! hehe Oh well, maybe the NEXT FBRV in my life will have some variant on this style of window.
BIG BIG thanks to all the folks who supplied facts and info for this thread!

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hmmm.... so Jalous sliding windows is in order.

. Jalousie like new Casita with solid glass on slides and Jallus/Awning glass in the middle.

. sliding window (cute stain glass thing?) that slides to one side uncovering the Jalousie/Awning Window....when you need to be more airtight.... it slides back over the Jalousie area sealing it as good as any other sliding window.
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