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Old 11-28-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Why no front window on Travel Trailers Anymore

We used to have a Wilderness TT and many of the older TTs had a window on the front of the trailer that was just above the bed, where a headboard would be. They would have a fiberglass panel that would cover the window and act as a rock shield when travelling, and when opened up at the campground, the cover would act as an awning.

But very few (none?) of the models from the past several years seem to have a front window. I really miss that window for several reasons.
  • Better ventilation
  • More light when you want it
  • Being able to see out the front of the trailer
  • Being able to hear the sounds of nature when boondocking

Why have they done away with the front windows?
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:02 PM   #2
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This is the window I want.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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Great question. I have no idea, but I have some guesses...
Leakage?
Weight?
The manufacturer doesn't make the frames?

Total guesses
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:23 AM   #4
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All of the Airstreams still have them and I'll admit, they add quite a bit to the interior ambiance.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:25 AM   #5
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I never liked the front window. It's more susceptible to leaking when you drive in the rain, it isn't as insulated as the walls and lets more heat in the summer and cold in the spring/fall making the bedroom uncomfortable. It lets in a LOT of light early in the morning too. The bride and I like to sleep past sunrise, and we need all the help we can get keeping our 2 year old asleep in the morning.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:51 AM   #6
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Probably many reasons - cost, design constraints, aerodynamics...
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:14 AM   #7
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Looks like the shift is to the rear of the trailer and many of the new units have living rooms. The rear makes more sense to me because I back into the view weather it be the ocean or river. The front is always street side view,at least for me anyway.
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I too had a wilderness with the front window. The wife and I both miss it in our jayco.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:55 AM   #9
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I had a front window in my 2007 Jayflight. I would suspect that water intrusion when driving at high speeds is the reason for not seeing as many.
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #10
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I have 2 windows on the front of my 40FER.

Notice also the lack of windows on the front overhang of class "C" motorhomes.
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