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Old 08-13-2020, 08:48 PM   #1
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Window Louver Vents

I recently designed and 3-D printed these custom louvers for a Class B RV owner. I'm not in the RV community, so trying to gauge if there is a general need for this type of louver. Not selling anything yet, just curious about whether this owner was unique, or if there's a larger desire for this type of RV accessory.
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Old 08-14-2020, 05:37 AM   #2
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i'd certainly be interested!

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Old 08-14-2020, 05:56 AM   #3
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Hi Wayne---thanks for your posting. Your 3D louvred window rain guard looks fantastic!


I definitely would be interested. How does it work? It appears to fit the rounded edge of the glass, which looks like it leaves the window glass not able to lock with its own lock. Does it now require a different locking system? Or is it meant as a temporary insert, used when raining and then removed?



Presently, our trailer has one on the driver's side window. It is excellent for allowing us to keep the window open during rain.
However, we have an awning that, when not in use, makes it very tight for that same style guard on the curb side window. And the same awning doesn't completely cover this window, which is why the guard would be so good. We presently cannot leave the window open during rain, with or without the awning in use.


We definitely would want one from you BUT we'd have to ensure that it fits. The issue is with how much the louvres protrude.


What are your measurements?


Thanks!!
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Old 08-14-2020, 07:43 AM   #4
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I've been looking for something like this and would be interested in a purchase should you ever make them for the Casita and/or Scamp.
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Old 08-14-2020, 07:48 AM   #5
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There is a channel that matches the window width and outline. Glass inserts about .25" into this channel (snug fit to keep out rain). Correct, temporary use only--does not allow window to lock. It's 1" thick, but that's customizable in the CAD software if that was an issue.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:00 AM   #6
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As another Casita owner like Patrick in post #2, I would also certainly be interested. I know of two other Casita owners who would possibly interested too. For a while there was something similar on the market for Casita owners but used ones are rare and new ones are no where to be found.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:10 AM   #7
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If you can design one that allows the mounting of one or more computer fans (run on 12 volts) that might get some more people to be interested. Maybe 140 or 170 mm fans.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:35 AM   #8
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Yes I would also be interested and I'm sure many more would also.

Interesting design. I have been thinking about a mod for this for quite a while.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:45 AM   #9
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The challenge is remotely measuring the opening since fit against window glass is crucial to keep water type. If there's someone with a common vehicle type who'd be willing to be a guinea pig for remotely measuring your windows, please send me a private message. If window is common across vehicle model/years, this could benefit others.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:50 AM   #10
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Iím interested
They look great and would be interested in a pair for my little joe ( mfg Weiscraft)
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Wayne,
Sent you a PM.


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Unhappy MaxxAir Window Vent - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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I recently designed and 3-D printed these custom louvers for a Class B RV owner. I'm not in the RV community, so trying to gauge if there is a general need for this type of louver. Not selling anything yet, just curious about whether this owner was unique, or if there's a larger desire for this type of RV accessory.
Hi Wayne,

I'm sure that you will find QUITE A LOT of folks that are interested in your capability to make window louvers. Once-upon-a-time, MaxxAir manufactured and sold them but they have long since discontinued the product. I have seen **MANY** threads where people are looking for them.

Here is a reference to a thread entry that includes a picture. A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to see a post where someone was selling one and he had "parts" of two others. I bought the parts and installed them on my Casita. He was able to send me a copy of the installation manual to help me "reverse engineer" the installation of the parts.

Essentially, the louvers, which are semi-transparent, consist of three major parts: a top and bottom "cap" and a center piece. You cut the center piece to match the height requirements of your window, fasten it to the caps and then install them via sheet metal screws into the window frame with a gasket around the outside edge and a "wiper gasket" that seals the open end against the sliding window.
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Old 08-14-2020, 07:55 PM   #14
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I recently designed and 3-D printed these custom louvers for a Class B RV owner. I'm not in the RV community, so trying to gauge if there is a general need for this type of louver. Not selling anything yet, just curious about whether this owner was unique, or if there's a larger desire for this type of RV accessory.
Iím interested for sure!
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:00 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone! I'm working with a Casita owner to see if we can remotely measure windows and make vents. If successful, I'll update to this forum.
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Old 08-19-2020, 03:39 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone! I'm working with a Casita owner to see if we can remotely measure windows and make vents. If successful, I'll update to this forum.
I have a 17 ft Casita and I am interested when you nail it down. Maybe print with lighter or translucent color to allow in light. Good luck!!
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Old 08-19-2020, 06:10 PM   #17
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Original customer wanted complete black, but I offered a translucent grey and clear (can't see through, but passes light. Filament comes in almost any color you'd want.
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Old 08-20-2020, 12:14 PM   #18
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Bring 'em On!

Definitely have an interest in these louvers! I have had the MaxxAire vents on my '07 Casita for nine years when they were readily available. I would take my vents off if I ever considered purchasing a brand new Casita... that's how valuable they are! The fan keeps the humid air moving during rain storms, all the while keeping your bed dry! They are scarce like hens teeth and highly coveted since discontinued; just ask any Casita owner!

With that said, I did have to perform surgery on them after a 6000 mile journey out west. They developed stress fracture cracks where they're connected to the straight piece with tiny machine screws and nuts. Traveling on dirt/gravel roads to out-of the-way dispersed sites made them crack while rattling down those roads. I took them apart and used Flexseal tape to cushion and seal the holes. I also foresee the plastic getting UV brittle over time and disintegrating.

I for one would stand in line to replace them and welcome a new/improved design! Please PM me with details.. ��
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:38 PM   #19
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how about vents for a Bigfoot 17 footer?

I would be interested in a set for our 2003 Lil Bigfoot 17 foot trailer.
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:58 PM   #20
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Count us in! Temporary positionning would work for us quite well.


How customizable will they be? Could the width be increased? Right now, the MaxxAir vent we have leaves half of the screen window needing to be closed when raining. But....a wider louvre would mean more air flow.



Any chance that you could increase the width of the louvre??


That would be awesome!!



Keep us on the list.
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