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Old 09-20-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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just some window food for thought

maybe not an interesting thread, but just wondering about the lack of windows in most travel trailers. do you think it's structural,economics, or a number of issues.i was spoiled by my first small 1985 sunline 16 foot Saturn, that had 3large jalousie windows up front, three in back,one over the sink, one in the door, and two small crank out hopper style up high front and back, plus 1 or 2 roof vents and a vent in the bath I know times and tastes have changed , but I need light !! my 2005 165 sport has one up high where the bunk used to be one medium size below it, a slider on the door side, which is blocked when you open the door, a non operating waste window in front,and a tiny slider over the sink. one vent in the bath. I know layout determines window placement but I think larger and more operational like the old jalousie ones were better. the light was great, and this is actually why after completely rebuilding mine , it's for sale. class c motorhomes have a similar old style layout especially lazy daze from California....ok haha now for the " get a motorhome " comments, the whining comments , the "take the bus they've got windows" comments and all that fun stuff...geez fellas I was just asking !!!! on a small trailer, the old dinette / bed up front, couch / bed in back ( which can stay made up ),sink and stove to the left of the door, and bath, fridge, and pantry "across the hall" was the best...thanks in advance for the pending wise comments

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Old 09-20-2016, 09:03 PM   #2
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Its hard to see through the full size fridge and the faux fireplace!

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Old 09-20-2016, 10:08 PM   #3
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145rb SLX windows

One of the things that struck us when we were shopping was windows. Our 145rb SLX is very bright and cheery during the day, with 4 good sized windows, 2 roof vents, and of course the shower skylight, all in a small trailer with 100 sq.ft. of floor space. We also considered a Clipper 17rd with 7 windows of varying size in a 130 sq.ft. trailer. By comparison, a 19 foot Coleman TT we saw had only 3 windows and 1 roof vent in a larger 175 sq.ft. trailer. Roomier but darker and gloomier inside.
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:41 AM   #4
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We bought our 19RD because it has so many windows, including a large one on the back of the TT!! It is a small TT but it has 5 Windows.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:24 AM   #5
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My wife was adamant about having a lot of windows and natural light. It was a big buying point for us.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:10 AM   #6
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Our previous '03 Kiwi 17a and current X20E were chosen in large part because of the large windows. Bright and open feeling even when the beds walls are closed.
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Our Precept 35UN has windows wherever there is nothing else in front of the exterior wall.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:27 AM   #8
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There's only 1 small window in the bedroom (front of the TT).

Yes, we miss the big forward-facing glass with the fiberglass cover/awning on the old (1983) TT.

But the amount of glass and openable windows in the rear dining area is fantastic. The extra translucent skylight over the tub/shower fills the bathroom with natural light.

So, things have changed. Trying to get a perfect seal around a windshield-like chunk of glass? That'll price a small TT out of it's class real quick!
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:57 AM   #9
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Less windows =

Less weight
Less thermal intrusion
Less possible places to leak
Less cost to the manufacturer
Less time to build the unit

It seems to me that the focus has changed over the years from building what the consumer wants, to building the least that the consumer will accept.

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Originally Posted by TWP723 View Post
My wife was adamant about having a lot of windows and natural light. It was a big buying point for us.
Same here with our TT... large rear window, windows in the front and rear end slide, plus the optional skylight in the central area.

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