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Old 04-20-2018, 12:17 PM   #1
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RV windows?

Hi folks,

Iíve several times seen people on here say that school bus windows are terrible and that replacing with RV windows is a good idea. A few questions:

- Are RV windows actually much better (particularly for their cost)? We havenít seen that those have great R values either, for example. We absolutely do not want anything tinted.

- We intend to have curtains, probably heavy ones for winter nights and light ones for cutting glare/heat gain during the day. Should we still consider RV windows or will the curtains do the trick?

- If we wanted to put in RV windows, where would we get them? Weíd prefer to get used ones (e.g. off of scrap RVs) rather than new if possible. How much should we expect them to cost?

- How do we make the new windows fit? Iím sure school bus and RV windows are not the same dimensions. How does installation work?

Any other advice on windows and RV windows that Iím not thinking to ask?

Thanks!!
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:09 PM   #2
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The proper way to fit RV windows would be to remove the old windows, weld in framework the size of the new windows and then reskin the outside and cut out the window opening and install the RV window. It's not an easy plug and play type situation, but worth the effort for the final results.
You just need to search RV salvage in your area or hit up Craigslist and Ebay places for used windows.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:08 PM   #3
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Marc covered it pretty well.

I will add that there are double pane RV windows that are a world better than RV windows.

They are available on eBay as well.
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I have RV windows Iím not using if anyone is interested. Located in Chattanooga.
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I have RV windows Iím not using if anyone is interested. Located in Chattanooga.
Are yours double pane?
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:33 AM   #6
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Marc covered it pretty well.

I will add that there are double pane RV windows that are a world better than RV windows.

They are available on eBay as well.
I meant "better than bus windows".....
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on thing for sure is that school bus windows are known to leak in heavy or sideways rains.. not all do but many do.. R value isnt everything.. the panoramic view and tightness against water of RV windows is a world better than school bus windows..
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Old 04-22-2018, 04:57 PM   #8
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Thanks for all this feedback! If I'm putting in RV windows, what if they are wider than the school bus windows - do I wind up cutting through those structural beams (that on the floor are called frame rails?) and how do I avoid damaging the structure/strength of the bus?

Also, I've read that double-paned windows are a bad idea in a vehicle (even ones meant for RVs) because they start to leak a bit of air and then get condensation between the panes. Anyone know anything about this?

Also, anyone installed RV windows before and interested in helping us with this? Somewhere along the east coast -ish or Northeastern U.S. would be great.

Thanks!
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Thanks for all this feedback! If I'm putting in RV windows, what if they are wider than the school bus windows - do I wind up cutting through those structural beams (that on the floor are called frame rails?) and how do I avoid damaging the structure/strength of the bus?

Also, I've read that double-paned windows are a bad idea in a vehicle (even ones meant for RVs) because they start to leak a bit of air and then get condensation between the panes. Anyone know anything about this?

Also, anyone installed RV windows before and interested in helping us with this? Somewhere along the east coast -ish or Northeastern U.S. would be great.

Thanks!
You make a cantilever frame.

Where you cut out a rib you add horizontal pieces of square tube to frame the upper and lower window edges, and vertical pieces for the sides. The cut rib is welded to that new frame and strength is retained.
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I'm interested in what you might have in windows David. You're close enough to me to pick them up.
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