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Old 12-28-2014, 04:40 PM   #11
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Hi: gbaglo... We use this method for the black and grey tanks... Nice slim box of Calgon water softener and a bottle of Dish washer detergent w/bleach. 1/2 cup each and 1/2 gal. water down the drain and toilet after dumping!!! Alf
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:47 PM   #12
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... had a bit of condensation on the window frames . But I have wondered why do they can't make the frames out of vinyl ?
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I would guess for strength and durability, though not certain.
I agree; residential vinyl windows are quite flexible, which isn't so bad when isntalled into the rigid framing of a house but seems like a bad idea in a moving (and flexing) vehicle. But also, aluminum extrusions can be readily formed into radius-corner frames of any desired size with only one joint, while vinyl extrusions are suitable only for square-cornered frames with a bonded joint at each corner. The alternative is to mould the whole frame in one piece, which would be expensive to tool up in a range of sizes.

A compromise - as well-established in building construction - would be outer and inner frames sections with a "thermal break" of relatively non-conductive material between them. I have not heard of anyone building RV windows this way; I suspect that not enough RV buyers would be willing to pay the premium cost which the RV manufacturer would need to pass on.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:45 PM   #13
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A Hack on this Hack

Go get yourself a roll of Insulating bubble Wrap from your Hardware store. it has a metallic coating on it.

I cut it to the size of the windows and trimmed the edges with tape, the metallic coating also works great as a blackout curtain as well.

I have already done and it works great.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:58 PM   #14
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Go get yourself a roll of Insulating bubble Wrap from your Hardware store. it has a metallic coating on it.
It's called Reflectix. It what ETI uses as insulation in the trailer.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:15 PM   #15
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Reflectix is one brand, and the best-known brand name. This brand isn't necessary - while Home Depot Canada and Lowes Canada carry Reflectix, Rona carries Ayr-Foil, which is the same thing.
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Did you happen to check out the Camping Hacks? There's some interesting tidbits there as well (love the seat hammocks .... ): http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/campin...ius#.fdYn5nZrn
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