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Old 07-03-2019, 03:55 PM   #15
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"Raincoats", more pictures please?

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After all the work I have done to keep water out of my Ventura, I still wanted some extra protection for the jalousie windows. They have been partially rebuilt and well sealed but they are, after all, 43 years old.
Inspired by a post by K. Corbin about window coverings and by the prospect of a trip to the rainy west coast, I decided to try to make clear plastic covers for the opening windows.
So I made a prototype and put it on and drove the 2300kms to the coast. It survived the trip, so at the campground I made covers for the other two windows. Yesterday all three performed perfectly in very heavy rain.
Having tested the idea, I decided to post it for anyone else who would like to use it.
Materials: 12 gauge clear vinyl from a fabric store and industrial strength velcro, 1" x 10' from Amazon.com ($9.00 x2)
The vinyl is simply cut to be about 2'' wider and 4" longer than the frame to allow for trimming to fit and for the protruding window. The fuzzy velcro is put on the inside of the sides of the vinyl and the hook part is put in the metal track that usually has a strip of plastic to cover the screws. The width has to be trimmed slightly to fit into the tracks.

The vinyl fits up under the weatherstripping at the top of the window but it has to be trimmed to create a tab of about 2' long and 1" high at each corner to cover the top of the frame. A few pieces of velcro can be used along the top under the weatherstripping just to make sure the cover does not droop, especially on the long window.

Once the sides are done, the vinyl can be cut to length but also has to be trimmed at the corners in a way opposite to the top, with the corners cut out and a long tab in the middle that gets velcroed up under the window sill.

This is a long and probably confusing description of a very simple but effective solution. I am going to use them when both stationary in wet weather and when traveling in rainy weather and probably for dust in the desert. The materials only cost about 30.00 so if I have to remake them every few years it will not be a big deal.
Hi, me again. BTW - It's Cynthia, NOT Cynthua, just can't figure out how to fix it. Story of my life. If you have more pictures of what you did, I would love to see them! I'm still trying to grasp the tab thingy, top and bottom. I really, really, REALLY want to do this, because I want to feel safe from water. Any other advice you can offer, count me in, because I am very interested!
Thanks for sharing your original post!
Cynthia
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Old 07-03-2019, 04:21 PM   #16
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Hi Cynthia, I am not at home and don't have my trailer with me so I can't take any more pictures.
By the tabs I just meant that at the top of the windows (at least on mine) there are parts of the frame that make it impossible to just have a perfect rectangle of plastic so you have to cut around those in order to not have gaps at the top corners. Perhaps the best thing to do would be to get a roll of brown wrapping paper or maybe some old material or even less expensive vinyl and just experiment with cutting out the shape of the frame and see if your material lays flat (though there are raised areas where you go over the frame). Just keep making patterns until you feel that you have a good fit and then use that one to trace a final outline on the plastic. The two most important elements are to make sure the top of the plastic fits up under the wide weatherstripping at the top of the window and to use industrial strength velcro.
It took me a while to figure out the first one but after than did the others in just a few minutes though they are far from perfect. I am sure you can do it. It takes playing around when you have some time, not unlike making curtains.
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I've used industrial velcro for years to hold my home made awning on. Unfortunately it doesn't last long when exposed to the elements. This strip was installed last summer and is separating into two pieces. The glue portion is difficult to remove. I use heat, goo gone, and acetone to get it off. Mine is on the gel coat. I suspect removal from an irregular surface like a window frame would be challenging.

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Old 07-03-2019, 06:34 PM   #18
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Raz, so far I have had good luck with the velcro except at the top of one strip but fortunately there are screws in the track. I had put the velcro over the crews but at the point where the velcro loosened, it removed the screw and put it back in right through the velro so it hold it in place. Failing tht I would have used an adhesive of some kind.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:49 PM   #19
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Thank You!

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Hi Cynthia, I am not at home and don't have my trailer with me so I can't take any more pictures.
By the tabs I just meant that at the top of the windows (at least on mine) there are parts of the frame that make it impossible to just have a perfect rectangle of plastic so you have to cut around those in order to not have gaps at the top corners. Perhaps the best thing to do would be to get a roll of brown wrapping paper or maybe some old material or even less expensive vinyl and just experiment with cutting out the shape of the frame and see if your material lays flat (though there are raised areas where you go over the frame). Just keep making patterns until you feel that you have a good fit and then use that one to trace a final outline on the plastic. The two most important elements are to make sure the top of the plastic fits up under the wide weatherstripping at the top of the window and to use industrial strength velcro.
It took me a while to figure out the first one but after than did the others in just a few minutes though they are far from perfect. I am sure you can do it. It takes playing around when you have some time, not unlike making curtains.
Thank you for the hints, what a great idea to do a practice run! (Don't even talk to me about making those darn curtains! LOL) :-)
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