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Old 03-22-2017, 03:50 AM   #11
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Hello - Today I brought my Westy to Fremont Laser in Seattle. They are fabricating a new upper acrylic window for me, as the original blew off when the first owner drove off with it open. I am not going to attach the original hardware as I don't need the window to open/close... just seems like another opportunity to end up with another broken window!

I will keep the blog posted on the progress. My cost will be around $450 but if anyone else is interested in having this done, the cost would be quite a bit less if done through Fremont Laser, as we are paying for the design work, which only needs to be done once.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:20 PM   #12
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Default Re: Mod Ideas: Replacement Acrylic Panes

[QUOTE=sonic1002;538794]Hello - Today I brought my Westy to Fremont Laser in Seattle. They are fabricating a new upper acrylic window for me, as the original blew off when the first owner drove off with it open. I am not going to attach the original hardware as I don't need the window to open/close... just seems like another opportunity to end up with another broken window!QUOTE]

That would be nice to have a source for these. But not being able to open them would be a real bummer. We have a fan mounted up by the driver side window that makes sleeping in the upper bunk so awesome. Keep us informed. I may buy a set just to add to my spares inventory.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:12 PM   #13
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I would be very interested in the window. If it was attached to the old hardware could it be opened? Please keep us updated or message me.
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Old 04-26-2017, 03:37 AM   #14
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So we've got the window and installed it.

Here's how we did it:


We contacted a company here in Seattle that happens to fabricate polymers for Boeing. They have a public-facing business called Fremont Laser & Design. Smart and dedicated folks. Call them and tell them we sent you (they'll know who we are.)

Keep in mind, they were NOT able to duplicate the exact design of the original double-pane window. They were only able to duplicate the shape and curve of the outer window. As you'll see in the pics below, it worked for us.

Also, they didn't cut the groove on the top of the window that fits the window into the long top mount bracket (on top of the van) that helps keep the window in place as well as give the pivot-like functionality of opening the window. We didn't have the bracket so we just used epoxy to mount to where the bracket used to be and then a silicon sealant for good measure.

They took measurements of the original window and curvature. We also asked them to measure where the holes should be for those that still have the original hardware ( which we do not.) This is so that anyone on this forum can order from them and get not only the window but the pilot holes drilled for the mounting hardware.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...c2OUl6TEE/view

Here's what the window looks like:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ZkVkR3d2s/view
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...84eEVkZGM/view
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...phdnpiUk0/view


Here's what it looks like the way we mounted it (don't laugh, we didn't have the original parts so had to hack it a bit):

The process of mounting it took me 2 days. The hard part was getting the angle for my custom brackets (made of wood and composite shims) to make the metal brackets flush with the window.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...hGV3RVV0E/view
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...pWTGxVeUE/view

The outside mount
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...NiOVFXTU0/view

If anyone orders from them and is interested in the process on how we did the mount, let me know and I'll walk through it with a video or something. It's too long to post unless there's interest.

The upside: there's a window in place of duct tape and cardboard.

The downside:
it won't open. Since they don't make the parts anymore (at least we couldn't find them) we had to hack it.

The moral: Keep your windows closed and if you don't, make sure you save every piece of hardware.

Total cost: around $600. However, since we did all the hard work they said they would charge everyone else about half that price.


We took it on a 10 day trip up and down the pacific coast highway 101 and it survived perfectly.

Hope this helps. Thanks to everyone for all your help along the way.

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Old 04-26-2017, 05:17 PM   #15
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I get little photo icons and no photos.

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I get little photo icons and no photos.

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Click the 'Quote' button in sonic1002's post then scroll down to find his links. Copy and paste the links into a new tab in your browser and you should be able to see the photos.

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Old 04-27-2017, 03:37 AM   #17
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I sort of fixed the links so they're just links. Embedding images on this forum is not ideal.
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:26 PM   #18
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This is an example of a fixed window replacement for upper window (on a 4x4). TNeuer suggests he might changeout this fixed window for an operating one. On many campervans with raised roofs, they have slider window in the top. Would be nice option to have slider windows even if the aesthetics are different.

Don't have details on this window on how installed, but may be installed like a fixed car window?

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...61&postcount=8
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:19 PM   #19
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Vancouver, Washington, and/or Portland, Oregon, Owners?

Many fiberglass top van conversions/campervans have a top side window in the fiberglass top which typically opens by sliding one half of the window ("half-slider").

Looking at TNeuer's replacement fixed window above and OneManVan's description of how the Sprinter OEM glass replacement for our big driver side acrylic awning window is installed (see:
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...8&postcount=11 ), I wonder if we could get a custom half-slider glass window replacement from Motion Windows based in Vancouver, Washington:

https://www.rvwindows.com/get-started/

The advantage of a slider window is the window can be left open while driving without worrying about it flying away.

One key issue is whether the Motion Windows custom half-slider is installed like an OEM Sprinter half-slider window using a gasket to hold the window in place OR whether one would need a spacer frame to add thickness to the wall for a clamp installation.

Aesthetically, to match the original Westfalia look, one could get a custom fabricated mesh/perforated metal screen (shaped like the original window) over the replacement window--would need some type of latch to keep in place. The screen would allow air to get to the half-slider while still maintaining the swoop aspects. Or, one could blackout/paint the area around a tinted half-slider window to recreate the original swoop.

Any curious owners willing to call/take a field trip to explore?

Motion Windows
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6005 NE 121st Ave
Vancouver, WA 98682

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Old 05-16-2017, 10:29 PM   #20
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Various window options.

1. https://www.rvwindows.com/products/e...s-lock-rubber/

This one has lots of different radii options, and rubber mount for thin walls.

2. https://www.rvwindows.com/products/e...ows-trim-ring/

If radius is 2 1/2 or 3", then this version might work. Uses trim ring but fits wall 1/8" thick.

Need to watch how big the trim ring is as the interior of Westy limited space around the window.

3. https://www.rvwindows.com/products/r...s-series-1600/

Better quality option but fewer radii choices. Uses interior clamp but says will work with 1/8" thick walls.

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