RV Windows :
RV Windows are a key component of the Fifth Wheel. They connect you to the outside. And traveling the world and connecting to the places you visit is really important to you. So windows deserve at least a discussion. The good thing is that I don't need to show you where they are!!!
Here are some interesting thoughts about RV Windows that will help you appreciate them and think about different aspects you may be interested, particularly when buying a new RV where you might be able to order things.
Double Pane RV Windows :
Two layers of glass separated by a layer of air. We have double pane windows in our RV. If you asked me if I could clearly tell a difference in the amount of heat coming through the window, I would have to answer honestly and say that I don't know.
Thermal Pane RV Windows :
Same as double pane, except the space in between the glasses is filled with a special gas. If you read the forums people swear by them. I would however caution you. Most people swear by things, but don't have real data. To actually know if the windows work, you would have to look at overall temperatures, internal temperatures, and energy consumed to really know. I'm betting no one has this. Mostly just “feelings” and “impressions”. Some might be able to show lower energy bills, which while a really good starting indicator, I would not consider conclusive.
Tinted Windows :
We have tinted windows in our RV. We have not noticed that it keeps the RV cooler. But what we have noticed is that the RV is considerably darker. Sheri would gladly pay $20 more per month in energy bills to get a brighter, cheerier atmosphere. If you like lots of light and are prone to depression due to lack of sunlight, then I would highly recommend staying away from tinted windows.
Emergency Escape Windows :
An RV is a vehicle so there will be some windows in the RV that have the ability to be unlatched and to escape the RV. Don't sweat it, you can't avoid them. They don't really look bad and no one notices. But I will tell you that RV's do catch on fire so these are really important and I'm glad I have them.
Other RV Window Notes :
- The metal on our RV windows has condensation like crazy. I think it is because when it is cold outside and YOU are inside, the inside will have lots of moisture and simply condense on the windows. If you can find a window that doesn't have a “straight through” thermal conducting path from inside to outside that would be a big bonus. Little things make a big difference.
- Due to the condensation, we have to keep WD40 around the house to loosen the windows. You can't avoid tools or home maintenance even with an RV.
- When buying an RV, pay particular attention to the question “Is there enough lighting via windows for me?” We lacked windows on our kitchen side of the RV and that really makes the unit much, much darker than it needs to be.