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Old 03-26-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Pop-up owners: Windows in your canvas?

My sister has parked her Compact Jr. here at my place for the winter, and I'm making a few minor modifications that she wanted.

One major thing she wants done is to have the pop-up canvas replaced. Sewing new canvas is a bit beyond me (if she wanted a half a**ed job, she'd just keep the canvas that's on there already ), and she's ready to step up to having a pro do it.

The big question is what kind of windows (if any) to have in the canvas.

What kind of windows do you other Compact (jr. and II) owners have in your pop-up canvas? Currently she's got rectangular windows with screen sewn permanently in place, with flexible clear plastic covers that velcro over the inside. I've seen pics somewhere of a pop-up with semi-circular windows (shaped like the setting sun) with permanent screens, and canvas semi-circular flaps on the inside that zipped into place.

Is it, in your opinion, necessary to have clear plastic, or would screens with canvas covers be fine?

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Old 03-26-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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Easy for me to have an opinion... I don't have a pop top

I like what Francene did. I think if it was crudy weather I'd just button up the top. so fresh air and clear windows would be nice in the sunny weather: Francene about the pop-top

On Edit: Steve you may find these two postings of interest: Harry Young's contact for pop up canvas

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Old 03-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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I like the windows, like the screens, too. I might even suggest all clear material with screen windows that could be shut, it would be like a skylight.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:37 AM   #4
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We have what your sister has, two rectangle windows with permanent screens with flexible clear plastic with velcro on the inside. Windows along the long sides of the pop top, none on the ends.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:30 AM   #5
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An update: We decided to put off the new canvas until new winter. She's decided that she wants pretty much what she's got now: Screen windows with clear zip-up (or velcro) covers.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #6
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When I redid mine, I doubled the screen and left off the plastic windows. If I get cold I just pop the top down.

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Old 04-04-2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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When I do replace the canvas; I will use a lighter fabric (Sunbrella) which is easier to sew. The screens are sewn into the material and the 'windows are clear vynil which are sewn at the bottom and held in place with velcro on the top and sides.

Whoever worked on it before use silico to try to attach the velcro; the adhesiv efailed to stick to the velcro so I have them secured with safety pins for the time being.

When I replace; the velcro will be sewn on.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:44 PM   #8
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Steve-- when I redid the CJ 3 years ago, I left the windows out (I'm cheep), used grey vynil awning type material. Didn't seem to make any difference in the amount of interior light. I did add a second roof vent, however for venilation. Larry

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