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Old 06-09-2018, 02:25 PM   #1
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"Raincoats" for jalousie windows

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.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:08 AM   #2
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So my understanding is that you travel with the clear vinyl attached and it does not blow off at internet speeds.

This is a very interesting mod. What a simple and elegant solution.

I may give it a try. It may help keep dust out and using a smoky vinyls may help with reducing sunlight from heating up the inside of the trailer. I have sliding windows, but we get some dust when in the SE.

Thank you for this post.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:22 AM   #3
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Yes, I made one as a test and then drove from Winnipeg to Vancouver and it stayed on. I was quite surprised actually. Coloured ones sound interesting too.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:46 AM   #4
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Very interesting idea, maybe have a try.

Happy camping.
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:05 PM   #5
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I read your interesting post twice. I am still not sure if they are on the inside or outside. $500 says its the outside. Just kidding. I bet they just got moved, inside.
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INTERESTING to put the hook side of the Velcro into the channel where the rubber screw covers normally goes. VERY interesting!

We took that rubber out and merely painted in channel black right over the screw heads...the rubber had held mud and wet and the screw heads were mostly rusted away in there.

I didn't realize the jalousies had any kind of an air/dust/water issue per se...interesting to know that maybe they do.

VERY CLEVER work on this! May they last a long time!

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Old 06-14-2018, 01:49 PM   #7
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Thanks Kai. It is just that the windows do not close as well as they probably did years ago and despite some rebuilding they are not tight. I had a lot of rot on the framing below the windows and have to assume they were partly to blame.
We have had another several days of rain and still no sign of water infiltration. I can even open the windows a little bit for ventilation in the rain.
I think there would be more boler and other vintage trailer owners interested in the concept but I think I chose a confusing title for the thread. I have no way of changing it now.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:56 PM   #8
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I think your title is perfect the way it is.


Another advantage of your raincoats is they will help in cold weather, while not creating a true double pane window it will make a considerable difference in keeping out cold drafts without blocking out all the light on an already cloudy dark day.
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I like your title, too, and think it's perfect.


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Old 06-23-2018, 11:04 AM   #10
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Patricia, thank you so much for your post. We have an old Boler who's windows leak and I thought your idea might work for us. I'd really love to see more photos if possible. Can you please message me and or we can email if you want. I am in Denver Colorado. Thanks again - Lucy
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:20 PM   #11
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Raincoats

Hi! I have tried to seal my windows with silicone and silicone spray but the windows still leak.. I even sealed them from the inside! After doing some thinking of why, I settled on pooling water on the windows upper ledges. So I ordered car window rain protectors which were too short. I finally ordered sunroof rain shields and they work perfectly!
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butyl tape

Shacara have you tried completely removing the windows, cleaning off all of the old sealant, then applying a thick butyl tape (or two layers) to the back of the window flange, then re-installing?

I've found that on my Boler 13 (since sold) and on my Trillium 4500, once re-installed with new butyl tape they don't leak at all. A couple of years ago, we left all of the windows open on the Trillium 4500 while we were sightseeing for the day. A very heavy rainstorm came and continued for an hour or so. We returned to the camper and it was dry!!

The rectangular Hehr or Burdick jalousie windows found on Boler 13's and Trilliums are MUCH lower maintenance and easier to waterproof than the radius corner windows found on other molded fiberglass campers. We recently acquired a Boler 1700 with radius corner windows and we immediately had to remove and disassemble ALL of the windows, replace ALL of the window seals, etc, before re-installing with double layer of butyl tape. These are much higher maintenance windows compared to the rectangular Hehr or Burdick jalousie windows.
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