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#1 pollux

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:36 AM

Does FWC camper has an option for a front slide window in the camper instead of one piece glass like i have in my 2015 Eagle model?

 

During a recent trip to Utah, it was so hot during the day over 100F, i was thinking if i can open my truck's rear slide windows, turn on the engine, and blow the cool AC air from the truck into the camper window slot, i could enjoy the AC inside the camper. Anyway to remove the glass and change it to a slide window?

 

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#2 longhorn1

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:40 AM

FWC removed the front slide as an option approx. 3 years ago because the windows leaked when driving in the rain and the window MFG. couldn't fix the issue, plus the number of people wanting the option wasn't that big.

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#3 Vic Harder

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:40 AM

I have a sliding window I took out for my Puma build
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:47 PM

Similar thread on the ATC forum.

https://www.wanderth...n-option-at-ATC
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:52 PM

Be careful running your truck too long when you are inside the camper.

Truck exhaust can creep in over time.

Not likely to do you harm for short periods.

But that said, I’ve had my carbon monoxide sensor go off because of it.

Made me think twice.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 03:59 PM

Similar thread on the ATC forum.

https://www.wanderth...n-option-at-ATC

 

excellent thread, thanks :rolleyes:


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#7 Wallowa

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:45 PM

Be careful running your truck too long when you are inside the camper.

Truck exhaust can creep in over time.

Not likely to do you harm for short periods.

But that said, I’ve had my carbon monoxide sensor go off because of it.

Made me think twice.

 

 

I disabled my CO detector ....in my '16 Hawk right from the start it would sound the alarm in the middle of the night with nothing running....numerous spurious alarms are like crying 'wolf'... but I vent the camper when we are in it with the two roof Fantastic Fan vents...

 

Good advice not to run vehicle while stationary and you are in camper; campers are not air tight.

 

I have the sliding front window and yes, it will weep a little water when you are driving in the rain...a paper towel handles it fine.

 

But hey, I could be wrong! :D

 

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#8 ntsqd

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 04:18 PM

The truck's A/C system is designed for the cab volume, not likely to make a big impact on the camper too. My grandparents had a GMC motorcoach and found that the dash A/C could barely keep them cool up front when it was only warm-ish outside, and could not do anything for the rest of the coach. Running the generator and the roof mounted A/C while driving was way more effective and had a almost no impact on their fuel economy.


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#9 Andy Douglass

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 04:45 AM

If you drive through heavy rain at freeway speeds, it is amazing how much force + water is hitting that front window. We have the fixed front window and drove through a huge storm for several hours at 70mph, and the water was actually forced in through the weep holes in the bottom of the frame and filled up the interior "sill". I'm sure sliding windows can work, but it would be a risk for failure if you travel through weather.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 02:09 PM

If you drive through heavy rain at freeway speeds, it is amazing how much force + water is hitting that front window. We have the fixed front window and drove through a huge storm for several hours at 70mph, and the water was actually forced in through the weep holes in the bottom of the frame and filled up the interior "sill". I'm sure sliding windows can work, but it would be a risk for failure if you travel through weather.

 

 

yes, the weep holes seem to be the entry point...but we have a rack with gear and Yakima deflector on our cab which diverts the rain from hitting the front wall of the Hawk....suppose that helps keep water from forcing through the window...


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