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Old 04-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #1
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New Door Glass

On my RV trip this Easter weekend, I replaced my door glass.

I didn't care for the mottled opaque glass. When driving, I often wanted to check that direction for traffic at angled intersections.... and while "camping" I like to see outside....

So I ordered a piece of tinted and tempered glass to fit.
My source had two thicknesses available. Unfortunately the thinner single strength is a lighter tint than I wanted, but I had some tinting film left over from a home project and it turned out fine.....

I found that the factory sealant around the window wasn't adhered very well. It didn't appear to be leaking, but it wasn't great. I guess a small leak wouldn't much matter anyway with a foam core door....

Anyway, my first time working with butyl tape. Not too bad, trimmed it up looking nice, the noticed that the next day it's oozing out a bit, so another trim and the next day oozing out a bit more..... Maybe I tightened the screws a bit too hard....

Anyway, I'm very happy with the result, except now I might have to come up with a curtain for times when we might need privacy. for now, a towel draped over the screen works....

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Old 04-06-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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and from the outside
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:01 AM   #3
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Exactly what we want to do. Thanks for stating options and issues.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:20 PM   #4
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an update on my install....
I'm very happy I did it, but I have yet to find a great solution for a blind or curtain. To date we have been just closing a towel, or more recently a black pillow case, into the door to hang down.
I recently bought a simple roller shade at Ikea, but have not had time to cut down the length and try to install it.

Also, regarding the butyl tape....
It continued to ooze out more an more. I trimmed, and then it would ooze more, timmed again. Did this a few times then gave up. So now it looks very uneven, basically like a bad caulk job would along the glass edge. Not horrible, just not great. I'll trim it again someday... maybe it's settled in by now.
and for what it's worth, the window that Camping world replaced under warranty is doing the same thing, so I guess it is what it is...
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:51 PM   #5
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I will look for other types of caulking when I do ours. We have 2 glass companies within 2 blocks of our business and will ask both what is a goo d product. As for blinds, etc., is it possible to have a window manufactured with the blinds built in? Another quest, I guess. I feel your "PANE". (Sorry, couldn't resist)
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:29 PM   #6
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an update on my install....
I'm very happy I did it, but I have yet to find a great solution for a blind or curtain. .....

While perhaps not a "great" solution, the folks at CW have an insulated window cover.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:09 PM   #7
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I will look for other types of caulking when I do ours. We have 2 glass companies within 2 blocks of our business and will ask both what is a goo d product. As for blinds, etc., is it possible to have a window manufactured with the blinds built in? Another quest, I guess. I feel your "PANE". (Sorry, couldn't resist)
I wasn't meaning that I would do anything different really, but my all means do the research.
As far as I know it's the best material for that job.
If anything, I might look for a thinner butyl tape

I suppose it's theoretically possible to get one of those thermopane windows with built in blind between the glass
but I'll bet it would be tough to get it with the necessary safety glass
and you'd have to do some heavy modification to the door frame.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:11 AM   #8
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I agree. Sometimes, we just want the, seemingly, impossible. My list of fixes on our new ACE is so big, small changes will have to wait. Sort of makes me look forward to retirement, when I will have time. Cheers and thanks, again. Garry & Tara.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:57 PM   #9
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Gotta blame the ooze on the weather. You did a great job.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:06 PM   #10
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I too replaced the door window with clear glass. The glass came with it's own adhesive tape. No oozing. Also I installed small residential blinds from Home Depot. Looks great.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:23 PM   #11
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I too replaced the door window with clear glass. The glass came with it's own adhesive tape. No oozing. Also I installed small residential blinds from Home Depot. Looks great.

Did you purchase a kit, like the one available at Camping World?
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:05 AM   #12
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Did you purchase a kit, like the one available at Camping World?
Beacher, Yes, that looks exactly like it.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:32 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried changing the door glass on an RV that has a frameless window like on my Windsport 27K? It looks like maybe there are two panes of glass - the tinted outside glass and the inside with a crinkled pattern (see pictures).

I thought maybe I could remove the inside door pane (if it is separate) and leave the outside pane in place.

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