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Have a 2002 Roadtrek fiberglass body with frame less curved side windows. Windows need a bit of attention, one top pane replaced with plexiglass, couple of parts missing and they do not open much for ventilation. Also no longer available from manufacturer. Seems the top piece that was replaced with plexi is flat and could have glass cut to fit.

So I am curious if anyone has replaced the curved frameless with regular flat, sliding,uncurved standard RV windows? I have poked around the net and find only one reference where the windows were ordered from European manufacture.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, opinions and wisecracks greatly appreciated.

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you may find windows to fit or cut the hole a bit bigger to fit here
campervan-HQ windows

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Can’t picture how any flat glass would go into a curved frame, surface.
And dunno what your windows look like.
Is the premieter in a flat plane and the glass is just bubbled or something?


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This was a cab and chassis which a fiberglass body was added to. The sidewall has a slight curve to it and the window frame has the same curve. I am not sure it can be done but usually in RV's if you think of something it has been done before!

The frameless windows are very pleasing to the eye, but useless for ventilation, also held together with adhesive which eventually fails! I have eternabond on mine so I do not lose the glass until I resolve this.

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Anything can be made, it only depends on how deep your pockets are. Being that you want frames and glass both curved complicates the issue. I would hazard a guess that flat frames would not work on a curved surface.
Bring one of the windows that you want to be copied to a glass company that does architectural work. They will take a 3d contour of it and then they can make it any size or configuration and opening you want. Being that it is a custom build, you will probably see a 2k to 3k bill for a set of windows. I presume you will need one for each side and that is why I said set.


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so they look something like these
Van Window Contoured to Match Van Side Walls

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Yes, they are OE CRL windows. CRL no longer makes this particular window and people who have contacted CRL claim they were unresponsive to them.

I can remove these windows, clean them up, renew adhesives/seals, replace the one missing glass and reinstall them. Likely in a day or so. Then I would still have windows with little ventilation! In my opinion the frameless awning window is a piss poor idea! Although they do look nice.


So still looking into a nice old fashioned sliding RV window options. Possibly a bezel, shims something.

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