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Old 06-13-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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our weird little prison windows



I see a lot of conversions removing most/all of their windows. I'm hoping to leave most if not all of them intact for purely aesthetic reasons but I'd love feedback on how they will likely affect the bus's temps and tips to minimize it. I don't have any great plans for them at this time other than pimp tint. I wanted to pop in a couple of picture windows (sliders so we can get some air circulation in there as she's pretty much airtight right now) as well but the hubster is inclined against it. Thoughts?
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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Re: our weird little prison windows

I love these little windows! I say "keep them"!

I definitely do understand the requirement for ventilation though. If I had those awesome little prison windows, I'd pop out the glass and put some stained glass in a few of them. I think it might conflict with the "pimp tint" <- (awesome) and the prison PA system <- (more awesome), but it would be so fun and cool-looking.

I say leave the windows. It really makes your bus unique.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:57 PM   #3
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Funny you should mention stained glass lol - it was already on the wishlist. My only concern is that I don't think they make shatter-proof stained glass... The plan was to swap out a few panes after we finish touring. I have a couple of framed stained glass pieces that will be hung on the walls anyways. ;)
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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and the prison PA system <- (more awesome)
I used to drive ambulances for a living. Those PA systems suck, especially when you're yelling at people through them to get the hell out of your way.

Oh, and *real* windows can be a good thing. Particularly for ventilation. Or, if you decide to up and move the whole family, the kids from getting car sick and puking all over the place.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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Funny you should mention stained glass lol - it was already on the wishlist. My only concern is that I don't think they make shatter-proof stained glass...
how about using window film? http://www.homedepot.com/s/decorative+w ... ilm?NCNI-5 lotsa of other places to buy, this is just to give you some ideas. I like the little windows too. Reminds me of a boat or a train. What decor theme are you going for?
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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Is "upcycled ghetto chaos" a valid style of decor?
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Why not? Does it really sound any crazier than "Streamline Art Deco Dieselpunk Old South Country Beach Cottage"? A fancy way of saying that we are using the Streamline Art Decor touches inherent to the BlueBird, using aged Chrome/Aluminum/Brushed Nickel metals, old used mismatched furnishings (some are FAR older than others) and repurposed materials and materials that look like they have been repurposed. Toss in a fair amount of kitsch to glue everything together. Add some nice beachy colours to boot.

I'm trying to figure out a durable yet lightweight translucent sphere to recreate net floats. I remember the old net floats my grandfather had in his shiny little travel trailer. I would like to add a few to our place.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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Pull your interior wall, and ceiling panels and insulate with spray foam. Create a proper thermal break.

You live in the real cold north like me, and their is no substitute for proper insulation.

Tinting your little windows will yield little gain on temp.

Safety and RV glass is not shatter proof. You have to use Lexan to get that. Being a prison bus, the windows are likely already unbreakable.

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Old 06-16-2014, 02:57 AM   #9
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I remember the old net floats my grandfather had in his shiny little travel trailer. I would like to add a few to our place.
That would be AMAZAZING!!!

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Pull your interior wall, and ceiling panels and insulate with spray foam. Create a proper thermal break.

You live in the real cold north like me, and their is no substitute for proper insulation.

Tinting your little windows will yield little gain on temp.

Safety and RV glass is not shatter proof. You have to use Lexan to get that. Being a prison bus, the windows are likely already unbreakable.

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natster, the plan is to spray foam for sure, and pulling the internal walls isn't optional considering a) the amount of rust and b) the delicious odour of manure the insulation is still holding despite hours of vacuuming and bleaching... We're going bare bones since the next home after this one is one where a nurse is changing my diaper and I get to self-administer as much morphine as I need to block that fact out.

The windows are DOT48 with a double layer of some kind of plexi. We were told it's bullet proof but after spending some quality time bending it, the jury is out - we really have no idea what is screwed to the inside of the bus.

HELP lol
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Re: our weird little prison windows

Unless you get rid of the thermal bridge from roof, thru roof bows, through sheet metal it will be hot no. Matter what you spray between the bows.

On a sunny day you feel the roof bows as you walk, an easy 25* difference between factory insulated roof and the line of rivets showing the roof bows

Seriously yesterday was 104* at rivets and 79* between them
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