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Old 09-20-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Fixed rear window changeout for slider?

Just wondered while sitting in the rear of our 21 why ETI didn't offer a slider window option in the rear instead of just a fixed window? Wish I had thought to ask for it on the build sheet...........Anyone changed their rear window out?
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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Just wondered while sitting in the rear of our 21 why ETI didn't offer a slider window option in the rear instead of just a fixed window? Wish I had thought to ask for it on the build sheet...........Anyone changed their rear window out?
Hi: tractors1... I believe it's because once the air passes over the trailer it creates a swirl and some suction that deposits the water and dirt on the window. Too much possibility of water forced into the window tracks!!! Alf
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Dirt, dust, water and problems keeping the window closed during travel. You're a former Casita owner, I'm sure you've read those threads on the CasitaForum. Since both side windows open, you'll get lots of cross ventilation. Besides, it's kinda nice to look out a "picture" window without that "break" in the middle.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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I wanted ETI to install a rear slider, so that I could store my kayaks, within the trailer while travelling (either in a cradle or suspended from blocks. Blocks that would need to be glassed in during the hull build.
ETI said no, for the reasons of dirt/water that are drawn in while driving.
So my kayaks travel on my truck roof, and my rear window is solid.
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Hi: tractors1... I believe it's because once the air passes over the trailer it creates a swirl and some suction that deposits the water and dirt on the window. Too much possibility of water forced into the window tracks!!! Alf
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More proof that the stock trailer is very well thought out.
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Old 09-20-2014, 02:07 PM   #6
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I wanted ETI to install a rear slider, so that I could store my kayaks, within the trailer while travelling...
How about an emergency egress window? Not a slider, but a window that hinges at the top and has two secure catches at the bottom to keep it sealed. Our motorhome has one of these - not routinely opening (for all the reasons given earlier) and so not equipped with a screen, but can be opened to get out in case of an emergency. It is one opening panel, so it has the clear view that Donna mentioned and the largest possible open area for loading.

Hehr calls these a "full swing out egress window".

I realize that sleepy has moved on to another kayak carrying method, and the egress window is not really suitable for ventilation.
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I don't know about the other builds, but the 21' and 5.0TA both have the egress window on the drivers side, rear dinette. There's a screen, so yes... it does work for ventilation. The screen is "loose" push on it and it will fall out just like it's supposed to.
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I found I never had opened the emergency window--even for ventilation--so removed the screen "permanently." Wow, what a great view now.
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How about an emergency egress window? Not a slider, but a window that hinges at the top and has two secure catches at the bottom to keep it sealed. Our motorhome has one of these - not routinely opening (for all the reasons given earlier) and so not equipped with a screen, but can be opened to get out in case of an emergency. It is one opening panel, so it has the clear view that Donna mentioned and the largest possible open area for loading.

Hehr calls these a "full swing out egress window".

I realize that sleepy has moved on to another kayak carrying method, and the egress window is not really suitable for ventilation.
Thanks for this information. I'd still like to carry the boats inside. So this might work (opening size and price to swap out, being the factors)
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Rear emergency exit window makes a great deal of sense. If one did need to bail out it would be very handy to use the spare tire and bumper to help make it to the ground safely...........
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