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Author Topic: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?  (Read 680 times)

Telstar Ranger

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Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:28:06 AM »
My window shattered and it needs to obviously be replaced.  I am going to call on the glass, but I got to thinking that that window is useless for the most part.  The shell of the rig is fiberglass, so I can't imagine it being hard or expensive to just fill in the hole with fiberglass.  Anybody have experience or ideas? 

Telstar Ranger

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 06:42:50 AM »
50 views and no replies :'(  Well, I am in a tight spot, limited time as I have to move in a month.  I just made a Lexan replacement window.  Hopefully it will hold up for a while.  I do not understand the need to put that window up there in the first place- maybe to prevent claustrophobia.  Anyway on to installing the new window.

Rene T

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 06:50:33 AM »
Have you talked to a auto body shop which does fiberglass repairs?
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jubileee

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 08:37:07 AM »
Here's how I would fiberglass it. I would cut a piece of expanded metal, 1/2" x 1/16" thick ( the 1/2" is the size of the diamond) and attach it to the window opening. Then simply fiberglass it dipping the fiberglass cloth strips in the epoxy  and building up over the expanded metal to the desired height. Sand and paint. If you have the room, you can use 1/8" thick expanded metal for less flex at the beginning of process.

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2016, 08:46:09 AM »
You could also drill many many holes in lexan and use it for fiber glass backing.

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2016, 10:34:12 AM »
The hole needs to be filled with some sort of panel, then fiberglassed over to form a smooth surface that is blended with the existing walls at the edges. Then painted. Basically make a plywood, metal or composite panel the size of the window and them cover it with fiberglass mat (roving) and resin. Not a simple task for most people, and not inexpensive if you hire a shop.

Probably easier to fabricate a non-glass "window" panel, paint it some acceptable color and insert where the glass used to be.
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Telstar Ranger

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Re: Replacing window (camper over cab) with Fiberglass?
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2016, 11:47:44 AM »
I'm pressed for time, and I just went ahead and used Lexan to replace the window.  It took a few hours to cut and sand the panel down, but I did it. 

 

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