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Old 08-24-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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House Windows in A Skoolie?

I Don't like the flimsy look of RV windows. As building contractor I have good, double pane, vinyl sliding windows at my disposal. Any reason not to install them in my Tool Bus?

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

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I am planning on doing the same thing with mine. I personally don't like a lot of windows and I HATE rv windows even more. Few things I have read and heard other people comment on....

1) Most don't use tempered glass so some type of window tinting might be needed to keep the glass from breaking in to a millions pieces in the event of a mishap.
2) Not sure if you are going to use horizontal or vertical close windows but I am planning on using horizontal sliders. I don't think they are made to take 40-70 mph winds constantly so there may be some leakage going down the road is in some type of rain.

Other than those I can think of any others. Lots of smart people on here so hopefully they will chime in. I am getting close to putting mine in soon so I will be following this to see if others add to this.

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Old 08-25-2013, 04:28 AM   #3
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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

Other than those 2 issues, I don't see a problem mobile houses/campers have been using them since what the teens?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:27 AM   #4
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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

I'd been wondering the same thing. My glass technology knowledge is weak.. Out of ignorance I wonder whether there's any difference between glass tempered for residential use vs glass tempered for automotive use. I do "know" that windshields are constructed of laminated glass with a layer of some kind of plastic inside, but are side windows and RV windows constructed similarly? I dunno.

So far as the potential for sliders leaking at the seals: my bus already has horizontal sliders and the seem to do alright. They leak some air, as would be expected. But recall that it's not abnormal for a house to be designed to withstand 40-70 MPH winds either.

I guess it's harder to get that sleek rounded-corner aluminum frame in a residential window. But a person might not care for that anyway!
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Im sure its probably a DOT thing that deals with safety codes would be my guess? I know most people wont think they will have an incident with their bus but it does kind of set in my mind a little. Yes the windows will be up very high so a direct impact is very unlikely. Not a bus rolling well yeah its an issue but you will have a TON of other problems going on at the same time if that is happening.

I think window tinting will help take care of a lot of the issues of breakage to keep the glass together in the event it breaks. I am planning on painting my bus the color of the Texas flag so on the outside to keep the colors as uniform as possible I am going to seek out a business that makes car wraps and have them print up some materials to cover the outside of the glass. So between the 2 I will consider it not a huge breakage issue.

I think sliders leaking isn't a huge issue. I think some air infiltration is to be expected. I think in many cases you need it... yes I like fresh air. My bus is 30 years old it will not be the model air tight Im sure. What I don't want is to be screaming at 3500 rpms in a rainy day or night and have that leak in to the interior and create unwanted related issues. This is another reason why I will only have windows.

rounded or square window corners is of no issue to me. Im very practical man... just work first and for most.
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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

Thanks for the input guys.

The windows I will be installing are Horizontal sliders, with double pane, low e glass to reduce interior heating / cooling.

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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

I want to install 2 vertical sliders on the back of bus, kind of like an old caboose
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Re: House Windows in A Skoolie?

Windshields are laminated glass which shatters but stays in one piece. All other auto glass is tempered glass which crumbles into small bits when broken instead of becoming razor-edged shards of flying glass like most home windows do when broken. When we upgraded our home windows some of the larger ones were required to be tempered glass so a running youngster wouldn't get guillotined by falling glass if he went through.

If I was putting home style windows in my bus I'd want tempered glass or at minimum some fairly strong plastic film on the inside to hold it together in a mishap. The tint film I've used in the past wasn't very substantial and I'd be leery of it holding the broken bits together.

Maybe do a test on some scrap glass and see how well the tint film holds up.
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There is heavy plastic window film designed to make glass hurricane-hardened or somewhat bullet resistant. You might want to do a search for those. As previously noted, many skoolies do use residential rather than RV windows. Someone argued that if a pane should break, the nearest big box center should have a replacement, while an RV window replacement may take days or weeks waiting for it to come in the mail.
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Solar Gard offers some safety films. The videos of the film in action are impressive. This brand is not cheap, however..
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