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Old 03-06-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Windows or plexiglas ?

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On my Overlander, there are plexiglas insteed original windows...

For you, what is the better ? The windows or replace original windows by plexiglas ?

I think to put original windows is better...

What is your advices ?

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Glass is much better. Some go with tempered glass....original was not tempered.
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Hello

On my Overlander, there are plexiglas insteed original windows...

For you, what is the better ? The windows or replace original windows by plexiglas ?

I think to put original windows is better...

What is your advices ?

Thank you !
Plexiglas cracks and crazes in the sun in as little as 30 days and becomes very brittle.

You can use double strength window, which was the original.

Or, and better yet, you can use Lexan, which is extremely tough.

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Plexiglas cracks and crazes in the sun in as little as 30 days and becomes very brittle.



You can use double strength window, which was the original.



Or, and better yet, you can use Lexan, which is extremely tough.



Andy

Andy, doesn't Lexan scratch too? And how spendy would that be for the full wrap around?
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Andy, doesn't Lexan scratch too? And how spendy would that be for the full wrap around?
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If you get the Lexan with the AR-2 (abrasion resistant both sides) you can scrub it with steel wool and it will not scratch.

Or you can beat on it with a hammer, and not break it or dent it.

But I don't think I would try a "church key" on it.

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If you get the Lexan with the AR-2 (abrasion resistant both sides) you can scrub it with steel wool and it will not scratch.



Or you can beat on it with a hammer, and not break it or dent it.



But I don't think I would try a "church key" on it.



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Any idea on cost plus installation?
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I have had a plexi window in my trailer since I bought it 11 years ago, and it functions perfectly fine and nobody can tell it's not glass unless they tap on it, so I have left it alone.
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Even the UV resistant Lexan will discolor orange and haze over in 15 years, if stored outdoors in moderate climate. Florida exposure will degrade faster. Look at the covered headlights on 10 year old cars. You can use abrasive kit to buff some of it off, but the optics will suffer. I put double strength window glass back in my 1963 flat windows, after a hail storm broke a couple of them,
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Many RVs made in Europe have double pane plastic windows and they seem to survive without yellowing or crazing. I think most are acrylic (plexiglas). They offer a nice thermal barrier and, if they are available in the sizes suitable for the Overlander, might be an alternative.

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Any idea on cost plus installation?
Installation in what and by who?

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Thank you at all for your replies,

Many interresting answers...

If I understand correctly :

The original glass live very well through the years but it's fragile...and it haven't a really isolation rule...

The plexi seems have discolor through the years but have a better isolation

And the lexan product is more thick (have a better isolation) but may be have a discoloration during the years ?

The better solution is to have a good isolation without to change windows each 5 or 10 years...
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:56 AM   #12
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I have a '77' Minuet that came original with acrylic sheet in the side windows. they had hazed over a bit. I polished them out and they look fine now. I replaced the front flat window with polycarbonate when it broke a few years ago. I still looks good but shows some very fine scratches when the light is coming from the side. It was sold as scratch resistant. Still I think the polycarbonate is a good choice for me. Just be prepared to polish from time to time.
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I agree with you Royce, you're reason,

The headlights from my car was bad the last year and I polished it with a special policarbonate product and it's better but not very clean...
I think that they were in a very bad condition, that's why I haven't had a good satisfaction

Plexi or Lexan... to be continued...
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I would not consider the original glass windows fragile. The hailstorm the trailer went through completely destroyed (totaled) 4 of the 12 Airstream trailers we had at the Kieler, WI. Rally. I replaced the two windows the next week for $28. Our truck repair bill was $3,800. Given your situation, I would put glass windows back in the unit.
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