Several years ago I asked this good forum about awning windows
and received much appreciated input. In the years since I have not been able to devote much time to all the mods I have planned for the UHaul
. This summer I have become inspired to resume the work. Let me briefly recap my situation.
After 15 years of camping in a pop-up my wife and I have come to appreciate the wonderful open feel of sleeping in a pop-up with screens on 3 sides of the bed. In comparison the UHaul windows
are very small and slide open to expose only half of the window area with screen.
After much internet searching & inquiries to window manufacturers I have not found a full opening awning
window. Hehr has a multi-panel awning
(jealousy) but with the fixed side panels you end up with about 50% open area, just like my sliders.
A few days ago I was looking at my pickup truck cap and realized that the side windows
are full opening awning windows. Could I use pickup truck cap windows in my UHaul
? They have radius corners & full opening. They swing open greater than 90 degrees. (Some crank out awnings I have seen will only open a little ways, limiting the airflow.)
I would need to modify the latches to move the “T” handle from the outside to the inside, probably not too difficult. The gas lift spring struts could be replaced with an adjustable brace. The most difficult part might be in making a screen. I have not worked all the details but I imagine using some fiberglass screen with Velcro around the perimeter. Some sort of flexible seal would be needed where the gas spring or brace passed thru the screen. Or just remove the gas spring and use a stick to brace the window open outside of the screen.
This all leads to several questions…
Are any of you aware of a source of fully opening awning style windows?
Have any of you used pickup truck cap awning windows in your trailer? Any thoughts about this application?
How about a much more philosophical question. Why do I not see many awning style windows on RVs? Does the annoyance and pain of walking into them outweigh the benefits?
Your collective knowledge, experience and creativity is most appreciated.