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Old 08-26-2019, 06:53 PM   #21
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I have been trying to get these louvers for our Casita. Tried to get a few 3D owners to make a bunch, but they said not cost effective.
I even pitched the Weather Tech (floor mats for cars/trucks) company. Not interested. I don't think they realized how many customers would be anxious to buy.
I always try and stop at older shops and RV graveyards to find even one. No luck yet.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:12 AM   #22
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K Corbin, I e-mailed yr buddy....we'll see what develops. The thing I designed is simple & needs no glue or screws or tape..we'll see .
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:34 AM   #23
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:56 PM   #24
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K Corbin, I e-mailed yr buddy....we'll see what develops. The thing I designed is simple & needs no glue or screws or tape..we'll see .
I let him know to expect an email.
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:51 AM   #25
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To Floyd: The folks in Elkhart IN were very nice and went looking for those louvres. Didn't find them. I guess the next best thing is to get the rain cover for the Maxx Fan. At least then there is some ventilation when it's hot and muggy and also raining.

If anyone does figure out how to get those louvres made, please post here, so we can all get some!
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:33 AM   #26
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To Floyd: The folks in Elkhart IN were very nice and went looking for those louvres. Didn't find them. I guess the next best thing is to get the rain cover for the Maxx Fan. At least then there is some ventilation when it's hot and muggy and also raining.

If anyone does figure out how to get those louvres made, please post here, so we can all get some!
Sorry, but I guess congrats to whomever got them!
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:33 PM   #27
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I saw a 2002 Casita with louvres installed in the windows to deflect rain. Each louvre was about 3" wide and vertical, attached at the beginning of the window opening. The owner said he could leave his windows open that far even in a thunderstorm, and not get rain inside the camper. Have been trying to find something like this for the two windows over the bed. The louvre was plastic and not transparent, but what a great idea to be able to have air flow in the rain! Can't find anything like this by Googling. Any idea where to find such a thing?

Or maybe everyone just uses their Fantastic Fan to get ventilation in the rain?
Those are actually made for a larger motor home and you have to cut them down to fit they don't make them anymore you can't get them you can't find them I tried myself and I was in the RV business for 30 years unless somebody's doing them now after market I haven't been able to find any at all you could buy them for the big motor home when this but you had to cut them down to
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:06 PM   #28
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I have 2 ideas. Look at Home Depot or Lowes for a house gable vent and figure out if you can modify it. Or if you know of someone with a 3D printer they could make you one (or more)
It is a fairly difficult shape to make with a 3D printer. The other issue with a 3D printed part is making the plastic itself watertight. Because it is printed with very small strands of plastic that have to bond together there tends to be a lot of very small voids in the surface of the finished material.


I have access to a 3D printer but it does not have a large enough build plate to make a one piece louver for the window of a travel trailer. There is one large enough at the Maker space in Everett, WA that is close to the big Boeing factory. You have to be a member to use it but it is too far away with travel time and way too much traffic to get there often enough for me to want to join.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:18 PM   #29
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My 1974 Trillium of course has full louvred windows and IMO the switch to slide windows is one of the great tragedies of trailer evolution. Slide windows not only let the rain in (soaking the bedding if one is not vigilant!) and there is no comparison between the ventilation efficiency - louvres are much superior! I’ve long wondered why louvred windows have gone the way of the dodo?

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Old 08-31-2019, 09:27 PM   #30
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Iíve long wondered why louvred windows have gone the way of the dodo?
Scamp is installing a single pane modified crank out.
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Both provide ventilation when it rains. And as far as I know, they're the only two manufacturers offering something other than sliders.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:31 PM   #31
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Food for thought. Look at the automobile sunroof vent covers
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:09 PM   #32
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Unhappy louvers??

Still looking for the plans I did up last year for the new louver design. IF I can find them, I will try again to get some demos made. I have cleaned out my garage and shop since then and dang if I can find anything now ;-)

WE sold our Casita and ordered the Escape-21 with the flip-out window option partly bks we hate slider windows.
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:32 PM   #33
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I've worked with plastics for decades. An injection mold for a simple design product like a shelf that measures less than a cubic foot will be $12-$14K. Something as big as the window louvers and that complex would probably be upwards of $20K per part, and there were two different parts for each window.



Then there is the cost of trimming the scrap off the parts, inspection, packaging, marketing, etc.



Those are a few reasons nobody makes these things anymore. I tried to buy the original molds from the company that bought the maker, but they just scrapped them.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:31 PM   #34
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:12 PM   #35
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Today at the Algonac Michigan Rally what you were looking for (still in the box) went for $20.00 at the swap table.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:49 PM   #36
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If you are good with tools and/or can work with a metal fabrication shop you might be able to create an overlay, top hinged panel that can be opened for ventilation. You would open the slider, push out the panel with an arm, close a screen across the opening. Bonus points you have a double paned window for the winter time.



It is a lot of work to design and fabricate such things but not impossible.
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