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grizzlygiant

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I'm shopping for a new 5th wheel and one of the most espensive options is the ThermoPane window option ($1200-$1500). Many of the dealers say it is not wowrth it (I take dealer statements with a grain of salt). I know outside nolis is greatly reduced, a big feature in a motorhome but not so much in a fifth wheel. Condensation should be reduced but ventilation mostly takes care of that. Since the air space is only about 1/8" the R-value does not increase very much.

Please help -- as you cn see I'm leaning to standard glass and putting the $$$ in my new truck. Am I off base??


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We wouldn't have another trailer without dual pane windows. Cooler in the summer, less noise infiltration, warmer in the winter with wayyyyyyyyyy less condensation.

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Lots of threads on this one. I have had with and without. YES, get the dual pane windows.


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Where are you gonna be? Dual panes are great in weather extremes ... Texas in the summer; mountains in the winter. We had gasser without and DP with. Rig is quieter and easier to cool and heat (yeah, I know there are other differences which contribute to the end result but I would order them again in a heartbeat).

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I wish we had it - during cool weather the windows of our fiver just drip with water, especially when cooking. Yes, if we kept a lot of ventilation going we could probably avoid that but of course we would freeze while that happened. The ceiling vent above our bed was dripping with condensation (onto our down duvet, not recommended!).

That is the only thing on my list of "wish I had something more".


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Have had one truck camper with them, one without, and now a 5th wheel without. There is much less condensation with them and way less noise. I would prefer having them if you have the option and the price was not an issue. Sometimes the extra weight is a concern for some, probably more so in the truck camper side of the house than trailers.


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Wish I ordered them on mine.

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Mine came with them, if I would have ordered from the factory I would not have gotten them.

That being said, I'll be wanting them from now on for sure - the noise and condensation benefits are worth it!


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grizzlygiant wrote:

I'm shopping for a new 5th wheel and one of the most espensive options is the ThermoPane window option ($1200-$1500). Many of the dealers say it is not wowrth it (I take dealer statements with a grain of salt). I know outside nolis is greatly reduced, a big feature in a motorhome but not so much in a fifth wheel. Condensation should be reduced but ventilation mostly takes care of that. Since the air space is only about 1/8" the R-value does not increase very much.

Please help -- as you cn see I'm leaning to standard glass and putting the $$$ in my new truck. Am I off base??


It's a must have!!!!!!


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Thanks for the response. I guess I'll bite the bullet and order my unit with thermo-pane windows.

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