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Old 11-10-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
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Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

We got into the low forties (F) yesterday evening. I noticed that the double pane glass wasn't nearly as cold as the aluminum window frame itself. Often with metal windows (usually commercial buildings have lots) there is a break of some kind between the interior and exterior frame so you don't conduct heat from one side to the other. I never noted my other trailer frame to be particularly cold because they were fitted with single pane glass that is probably more lossy, but my wife can feel the cold air spilling down around the interior metal frame.

Another note, how do you keep people from snapping the locks off trying to open the window? It looks like the handle but it seems pretty fragile. It hasn't happened yet, but I am holding my breath!

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

Matt, the issue of the aluminum frames being a weak point in the thermal insulation was noted on here by Reace shortly after this site started up, and is in a discussion somewhere. There is not much one can do about it with the way most of these windows are built. At least not with keeping the cost and weight down. This holds true with the old aluminum sliders thousands of homes were fitted with in the 60's and 70's, the ones that froze shut all winter.

I have not had a worry about the windows. Are they sliding nice and freely? I use a wee bit of silicon spray to keep them sliding easy.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #3
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Re: Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

Hi: memobug et al...We don't have double glazing. I prefer that on Doughnuts!!! The only window I have trouble with the slide latch, is the emergency egress one. I find rubbing a bar of soap on the tracks helps the slide. Make sure to keep the tracks clean and free of dirt, and the drain holes clear. Alf
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:45 AM   #4
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Re: Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

Soap when wet makes a great lubricant, but when dry can become sticky. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

+1 on the silicon spray in the tracks.
+1 on keeping the "weep holes" clear. If they become clogged, rain can fill the track and run into the trailer.

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Old 11-17-2010, 01:42 AM   #6
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Re: Double glazed, but the frames are c-c-cold!

another owner picked up some black weather stripping with an adhesive backing and ran that around the aluminum frame. Eliminated condensation on the frame and I would presume it would knock the cold draft off too.

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