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Old 01-27-2024, 02:31 PM   #1
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Jalousie windows for 1989 Lil Bigfoot?

I have replaced the plexi and butyl in the front and back windows, which do not open.

We were planning to refurbish the side windows this spring. But I *have* seen a few RVs around with newer jalousie windows integrated into a rounded corner mounting system... (that terminology is probably not correct but hopefully understandable). I'd rather avoid the square cornered windows which I think are too stressful on the fiberglass.

If it were possible to find something like this which would fit my openings, I'd be very tempted to spring the $ to upgrade!

Otherwise what we will be doing is replacing butyl, gaskets, and slider tracks, as well as painting frames etc.

Any advice or recommendations on this would be appreciated!
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Old 01-27-2024, 05:17 PM   #2
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Hehr made the radius center jalousies that Scamp used from 2010 to around 2020. They were discontinued by the manufacturer, which is why Scamp switched back to sliders. I am unaware of another supplier.

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To avoid having to fiberglass in the corners, radius windows would have to be larger than your current windows.

If you keep what you have, you can reduce stress concentration at the corners by drilling or rounding out the corners in such a way that it's hidden under the flanges. Even a small radius is better than none. Do you currently have any stress cracks at the corners?
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Have you thought about acrylic windows? That's what I am putting into my Ventura. Lighter, more air tight and come with the integrated shade.



Pricey though.



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Old 01-29-2024, 09:44 AM   #4
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Hehr made the radius center jalousies that Scamp used from 2010 to around 2020. They were discontinued by the manufacturer, which is why Scamp switched back to sliders. I am unaware of another supplier.
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To avoid having to fiberglass in the corners, radius windows would have to be larger than your current windows.

If you keep what you have, you can reduce stress concentration at the corners by drilling or rounding out the corners in such a way that it's hidden under the flanges. Even a small radius is better than none. Do you currently have any stress cracks at the corners?
Hi Jon, no cracks fortunately. I have done a lot of digging, but really found no source. It must have been the Hehr windows I have seen. My current windows do have a radius. I have seen some used windows with aluminum frames but square cornersÖ these obviously wonít work for my trailer. I guess the answer is to refurbish the ones I have, which can be done but is a bit complicated and time consuming!
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Old 01-29-2024, 09:48 AM   #5
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Have you thought about acrylic windows? That's what I am putting into my Ventura. Lighter, more air tight and come with the integrated shade.



Pricey though.



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Larry, I did come across these in my research. I just redid the front and back windows last summer using tinted plexiglass, and itís quite beautiful! If thereís no jalousie to be found, Iíll take another look at these. Thanks for the suggestion!
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