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Old 02-06-2020, 08:17 PM   #1
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Best windows to get?

I would like to hear from you guys as to what are the best windows to get for campers?.
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:13 PM   #2
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Dual-pane.

Or are you asking manufacturer? Or whether sliders or frameless?
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:18 PM   #3
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I am looking for info as to specific manufacturers and types of windows. This camper needs to be a true 4 season camper so I am looking to get the best windows possible. Going to either buy a new shell and build it myself or buy a used truck camper and fully get it and rebuild it.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:03 AM   #4
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I would like to know msg's of top quality windows also.

I wish BF would put fiberglass covers on windows like they have installed on the front window.
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:02 PM   #5
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New Windows

What kind of camper do you have?

Big Foot installs thermo pane windows on their 4 season campers. To get this type of window you would have to go to a local window repair place and have them made to size.

There is a whole lot more to a 4 season camper than the windows. All of the plumbing, black water and grey water tanks are inside a heated area.
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:49 PM   #6
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Lippert is a manufacturer....
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:56 PM   #7
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It would be nice if you could get the acrylic double pane windows from Dometic. They are in the new Northern Lite truck campers. I canít find a source for retrofits.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:00 PM   #8
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Just found this.

https://www.campervan-hq.com/product...waAvtCEALw_wcB
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I'm quite happy with the dual pane windows in my 2014 Escape 21, I think they are Hehr? let me go look. yeah, Hehr. These are the sliding type, dark tinted, with pleated window blinds on the inside..

not a fan of acrylic or other plastic windows, they scratch way too easily.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:35 PM   #10
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The acrylic double panes have integrated shades and screens. They weigh 40 percent of a glass window. I would change out my glass sliders if I can find them the right size.
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I had the acrylic double paned windows in both my Lance trailers, rally nice and they had built in day/nith/screen shades. They also opened out to 90 degrees, really nice windows. I wish my Escape had them.
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Old 02-07-2020, 07:34 PM   #12
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Here are some. I may look into getting them for my trailer if I can get the right size.
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:26 PM   #13
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If you're doing your own build, you can check these out. Double Pane, but european style tilt out with built in screens and shades. Also a matching insulated door and insulated passthrough hatches.

Website has pricing and sizing information up front: https://www.ternoverland.com/arctic-tern-window
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Artic Tern Windows are another consideration. They're dual pane and tilt open. They also sell insulated doors as well.

Website has sizes and prices: https://www.ternoverland.com/arctic-tern-window
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:28 AM   #15
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Here are some. I may look into getting them for my trailer if I can get the right size.
Charlie, are you referring to the website noted in post #8?

Is plexiglass itself less conductive of heat and cold, that is, is plastic a better insulator than glass, irrespective of it being double paned?

Do the windows in Post #8 have screens to keep out bugs? I don't see any mention of screens on the website.

What company, or where would you go, to have these installed in the US? It seems to me someone would have to be very skilled to both order and install these windows correctly and with minimum of enlarging the hole for the window.

The windows in my 2019 Big Foot allow bugs to just walk right in past the vertical rubber gaskets on the sliding window pane when the window is open, even with the screen carefully closed.

Please excuse me, I seem to be having a hard time stating exactly what and why I need a replacement window: Better insulation and screens to keep bugs out when the window is open.
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Both websites are selling the Arctic Tern window. They do have screens that slide up and down. I donít know know the answer to your question about the insulation value of plastic vrs glass. I would think that a double pane of any type would have more insulation value than a single pane. The convenience of having a double pane at half the weight of glass plus tilt out and built in shade and screen is what makes them so desirable. On the other hand they are expensive to retrofit. As far as installation I would do that myself. I am sure there are shops who could do that for you. My windows are large so I will need the correct size. I donít have room to cut the openings any bigger. I suggest you call the company.
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Yes. that website and the Tern Overland sell the same Arctic Tern windows. They do have screens.

I donít know if plastic has more insulation value than glass or vise versa. The double pane acrylic will have more than a single pane glass.

The Arctic Tern window does have built in shade and screen.

If I can find the right size I will refit them. My windows are large and I donít have room to cut the openings any larger. I would do the install myself. I am sure there are shops who could do them for you but I canít recommend any.

The only real downside I see is they are pretty expensive.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:30 AM   #18
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Check out the nuCamp website. They use this window in all their products.
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Old 02-08-2020, 05:59 PM   #19
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Between the two, I'd definitely go with the Hehr dual-pane "frameless" windows on the Escape rather than the (Lippert? not sure) ones used on the Bigfoots.

Plexiglass will definitely insulate better than glass. Around 4x better, but it'll vary a lot on thicknesses and the specific type of glass.

Either way, the design of the windows also matters a lot because the aluminum frame leaks a ton of heat. The "frameless" windows help a lot here, since most of the frame's protected by a layer of glass and rubber so there's a smaller area exposed on the outside.
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Between the two, I'd definitely go with the Hehr dual-pane "frameless" windows on the Escape rather than the (Lippert? not sure) ones used on the Bigfoots.

Plexiglass will definitely insulate better than glass. Around 4x better, but it'll vary a lot on thicknesses and the specific type of glass.

Either way, the design of the windows also matters a lot because the aluminum frame leaks a ton of heat. The "frameless" windows help a lot here, since most of the frame's protected by a layer of glass and rubber so there's a smaller area exposed on the outside.
Thanks Elliot. This is the information I need.
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