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Old 10-02-2014, 09:13 AM   #15
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Hmmm. I was thinking of installing precisely the window AC configuration you show! How is the unit supported, since I expect the thin fiberglass am does not have the strength for it to "hang" like it would on a house window. I have a very small window unit sitting unused in the garage. The portable unit that was installed in the cabinetry under the stove is unwieldy, takes up too much storage space, and too hard to install/ remove in between uses. Where is the window unit kept during road travel?
The front window has three stationary panels of ( I am guessing here) polycarbonate or other rigid transparent material. Maybe it is actually glass, it just doesn't feel like glass to me. I am thinking of replacing the whole front window with a Hehr window with a center slider. It doesn't look like the center panel would be hard to replace with your choice of material.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:05 AM   #16
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Where is the window unit kept during road travel?
Looks like a permanent install. I think it travels that way.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:58 AM   #17
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Redneck? Probably. But also a very "period correct" modification.
You are probably right....lol....I come from the deepest hollows of South Eastern Kentucky so I can use the term "Redneck".......most people just call us Hillbillies...
I just appreciate a clean install of an A/C unit...and it will be easy to install it someplace else...

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Old 10-02-2014, 12:06 PM   #18
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Hmmm. I was thinking of installing precisely the window AC configuration you show! How is the unit supported, since I expect the thin fiberglass am does not have the strength for it to "hang" like it would on a house window. I have a very small window unit sitting unused in the garage. The portable unit that was installed in the cabinetry under the stove is unwieldy, takes up too much storage space, and too hard to install/ remove in between uses. Where is the window unit kept during road travel?
The front window has three stationary panels of ( I am guessing here) polycarbonate or other rigid transparent material. Maybe it is actually glass, it just doesn't feel like glass to me. I am thinking of replacing the whole front window with a Hehr window with a center slider. It doesn't look like the center panel would be hard to replace with your choice of material.
The unit that is currently in the camper is permanent...it has two support rods giving it strength..it stays in window during travel...if I were able to remove during travel and install when camping like you are wanting to do that would be excellent and a great idea...I just hate driving down the road like that...I will install a new unit under the bench that will vent out the bottom or side...I do it in all my teardrop builds and gotten pretty good at hiding them...
Thanks for the info on the window...and if someone could take a few close up photos of the middle window and how it is installed that would be great..

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Old 10-02-2014, 01:03 PM   #19
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There is really nothing to see:

1. Remove the entire window assy (frame) from the camper.
Remove all of the screws from the inside frame
Gently pry out on the frame to break the seal, clean off all sealing material.
2. Remove the 8 small screws that hold the two divider rails in place and remove the rails
3. Spread the frame slightly at the center to remove/install glass.
4. When finished, the center window is installed exactly the same as the two side windows.

Reinstall assy into opening with new RV putty tape.

Easy-Peasy
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:06 PM   #20
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One of the first hings I have to do is remove the window A/C unit that looks to have been installed decades ago...there is nothing more redneck than a window unit hanging out of a camper...

Thanks
I agree Captain. One of the top 3 tasteless mods you can see on any RV. Not
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:29 PM   #21
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And the other two are: ?????
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #22
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How's this for an idea: build or buy a 'nose cone'-style cover to go over the entire upper front end. It would cover the window and the AC. And it would probably reduce wind resistance a bit during travel. Something like this... NoseCone Pull Trailers
Just rig it so you can remove or raise the cone upon arrival at the CG, like people do with their front window covers.
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That missing window should be replaced with common flat tempered glass. Any Auto Glass shop can cut it for you but be sure you have the molding first.
This is where Bob and I will have to disagree. I suggest you have laminated glass cut and install that. It's not only cheaper, but designed to stay in once piece if cracked. Tempered (like a windshield) will break apart and you'll end up with holes. Laminated glass is the same as the door window glass in your tug.

Since this is on the front of your trailer and you don't have a rock guard... if you're out camping and the window gets hit with a rock, using laminated glass, all you'd need to do is get out the duct tape and cover the cracks. May save a camping trip... especially if it's raining
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:25 PM   #24
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Since my Hunter I had sat in a field for who knows how long before I acquired it Click image for larger version

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ID:	77094and the windows had been used for target practice, I had the pleasure of replacing all the glass. I didn't really like the 3 piece front window so I went with 1 piece of plexiglass. I know some people don't like it because you do have to be a little careful with it getting scratched, but it sure saves a good bit on weight...


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This is where Bob and I will have to disagree. I suggest you have laminated glass cut and install that. It's not only cheaper, but designed to stay in once piece if cracked. Tempered (like a windshield) will break apart and you'll end up with holes. Laminated glass is the same as the door window glass in your tug.

Since this is on the front of your trailer and you don't have a rock guard... if you're out camping and the window gets hit with a rock, using laminated glass, all you'd need to do is get out the duct tape and cover the cracks. May save a camping trip... especially if it's raining

Someone, please correct me, but I thought it was the windshield that is laminated - two layers of glass with a flexible filler. That's why windshields don't fall apart when cracked (like when the rock hits you going 65 on the freeway). Side glass is tempered, which means it shatters into a million tiny roundish pieces (rather than dangerous shards) when it breaks. Like when I sent a rock flying from my mower into the back side glass of my old Subaru.

I always thought laminated glass had to be manufactured for a specific application, not cut to size afterward. And isn't tempered glass what they use in patio doors and other custom applications where breakage and safety are issues?
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Also tempered glass can not be cut, it's cut and then tempered.


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That's a good argument in favor of laminated glass, but the tempered glass will take a lot harder hit before it breaks. also, because it is thicker, it may not fit in the frame. Lets call this dealers choice.

Just recently I had the opportunity to demonstrate how to reduce a piece of tempered glass to itty-bitty pieces. Smacked hard 3 times with a hammer = nada. Snapped a spring loaded center punch in one corner = Gone. Very cool.....

This is also why first responders carry a pointed tip hammer, to break tempered glass vehicle windows during a rescue operation.
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There are suppliers of tempered glass cut to size and then tempered, and it can also be cut with a laser designed for the process. Here's one such supplier:

Tempered Glass | Custom Cut Safety Glass Delivered to Your Home

But it would be easier to cut flat safety glass.

BTW: The one piece window looks real nice, but I still would have opted for glass.
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