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Old 07-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Replacing stock windows with Sliders

I have a passenger style Ford van with stock windows all around. I have been looking to replace one or two of them with a slider style window, but I have had no luck.

I have an appointment to have a penthouse top installed at SMB West next month so I asked them about replacing the windows. I was told it was not possible and no one makes a slider window which will replace the stock ones.

My question is, Does anyone know of any possible options I might have to replace the windows? I am looking for a way to increase air flow inside when the top will not be open. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Greg
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Replacing stock windows with Sliders

You know, I have thought about that and I have no doubt that an experienced and creative auto glass guy could fabricate something for you.

However, as an alternative, I have thought about popping off the rivets which stop the window behind the driver's seat from pivoting all the way up and fabricating a portable "T" brace (top of T to support the width of the window while up and vertical part of the pole to anchor the window when in the up position. Or if it pivots all the way up against the fixed top, use a latch or strap to keep it up. This would give you even more ventilation than a half-slider half-fixed window. And screens could be fabricated for the inside easily with velcro, etc.

You go first and let us know how it works.

OT: However, I have found that when it is windy I don't need to open many windows to obtain adequate ventilation.

And when it is not windy, no amount of open windows will cool the inside of the van. It is better to open the fantastic vent and (in my old van, crack upon the rear window) in current van crack open or open the rear door, and let the fantastic vent pull the air over us while sleeping and up and out the roof. In that situation you only want one entry (near the sleepers) and one exit (out the top through the fantastic vent) to create the current of air over the sleepers. YRMV.
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