Will be getting a new Jayco woodframed alum. sided trailer soon. Want to add a window in front. Thinking it should be easy enough to just cut a hole, add wood framing between outside alum. and inside panel around hole, and then install window. Finding wood framing for rock guard might be more challenging, but once hole is there, could use a heavy wire to find horizontal framing above hole, if any.
Anybody else done this?? All advice appreciated.
2011 Jayco Eagle Lite 256rks 28ft. travel trailer; Reese SC hitch
2010 Chevy Silverado 2500 6L w/3.73 differential
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Several of our former Jaycos had the front window with awning/cover...we really liked it. Good view out the front of the rv when we were in bed. But our JayFlight 5er doesn't have one, and we thought we'd add one...but after consideration I decided not to mess with it!
Why add another potential leak point? Another area to reseal...another point for additional heat loss or cooling loss?
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I agree. Front windows are notorious for being bad leak spots.
Had a class C with a window over the cab, it was a never ending battle trying to keep that thing sealed. Ultimately it would win and the bunk would get soak.
Just think about it this way. It's raining, you got a 20mph headwind, and you're driving 70mph. That's water hitting that cheap RV window at 90mph for hours. Most home windows can't even take that type of abuse for a short time without leaking.
Getting back to the original question, has anybody added their own window and what issues did you have to deal with?
Regarding leakage: we have a 21 one year old trailer with a front window that only very rarely leaks, and never while driving, but rather, an occassional small leak after a hard all nighter rain storm. A small shelf or "catch lip" just under the window will catch any small leakage that might get inside the window and inside the rig from that window.
Unlike many others, I'd say: GO FOR IT. I've not installed a window in a travel trailer, but installed many windows and several swamp coolers, sliding patio doors, etc. in stick built houses. And I've cut into the trailer skins many times to install electrical hatches, heater vents, etc..
But do your homework. Call the manufacturer. use a stud finder. And the heavy wire trick you described always works. Make a cardboard cutout the size of the hole and tape it in place to check all issues out before cutting. Then drill a small central exploration hole and shift the cardboard, if necessary.
I just happen to think that I can do a better job than any bored repairman, who does not have a vested interest in my investment.
Had a window once replaced after a break in and it took me a month with a shaprened ice cream stick and mineral spirits to get an acceptable putty line at the trim.
If I did it for you, I'd guarantee that it would never leak.
And, you may want to explore a matching rock guard or awning cover from your manufactured to finish the job - or a generic one.
In closing, I've had 5 trailers over the years with front windows and none ever leaked. And if I bought another trailer and it didn't have a front window, I'd surely put one in.
If this is a "fair and balanced" forum - you now have the other side
I'm with Harry Havasu if you want a window then by all means add a window.
I would think it would be easier to remove the aluminum from the front of the trailer build your window support cutout the inside opening reinstall the aluminum cutout the opening in the siding from inside tape, caulk, screw in the window and enjoy.
I had to remove some aluminum from the front of my trailer to repair some water damage went easy and I'm handicapped unable to walk or stand very well.
good luck and if after you get the window in an you see a mobility scooter go by wave.
Never done it. But you might be able to contact Jayco and get a blueprint type of document that shows where the wood pieces are. I know they once sent me a PDF that specified almost every black tank and where to drill the holes in them.
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