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Old 01-17-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Vented Rear Windows .... I always wanted some!

I knew this was going to happen some day. I'm just not sure where that two foot diameter tree came from that I backed into. Oh well, it was a fun and beautiful day in the woods otherwise.



Those tabs were a really good idea of mine to mount the bike wheel forks on, don't you think? Wish I had a dollar for every time I thought of cutting them off to avoid just this. I would maybe have enough to buy two new windows.

If you can't laugh at yourself.....
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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It's a tough look!
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:47 PM   #3
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Re: Vented Rear Windows .... I always wanted some!

Ouch. Did the tree push the entire bumper swingarms, and therefore the bike racks, up and into the windows? Any damage to the bumper?


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Old 01-17-2010, 10:24 PM   #4
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Re: Vented Rear Windows .... I always wanted some!

Pjpvi,
Man that really blows.
On the positive side you may want to try to locate some of those operable windows like we have on the side doors. I always thought those would be nice in the rear.

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Old 01-18-2010, 06:07 AM   #5
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Note to self: Install backup camera sooner rather than later....
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:34 AM   #6
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Re: Vented Rear Windows .... I always wanted some!

Ouch!!! As you know I have a similar rack, I nearly had a similar outcome when I accidentally backed into a tree limb. It pushed my wheel mount into the door a smidge away from the edge of the window. Close call!
I'm sure that we will both back a bit more carefully. These things have "badonkadonk" as they say.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for the comments.

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Note to self: Install backup camera sooner rather than later....
For most normal people, one would think a backup camera would help. You have to understand, it isn't so much I didn't see the tree as I didn't look. I thought I was backing straight back on the path I had just come to get a different look at the obstacle in front of me. I didn't realize that on my attempt to get over said obstacle that the rear of the van had slipped sideways so my path backwards was not the same as the one forward.

No way around it, it was just boneheaded operator error.

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On the positive side you may want to try to locate some of those operable windows like we have on the side doors. I always thought those would be nice in the rear.
My wife's and my thought as well. It wasn't really her first or even second thought when I asked her if she wanted to see my handy work before I tarp over the back of the van when I got home last night. She of couse said "why tarp over the back of the van?". Duh, to keep the water out.

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Did the tree push the entire bumper swingarms, and therefore the bike racks, up and into the windows? Any damage to the bumper?
I haven't taken a really close look yet as it was raining hard shortly after and I had to pack up and head home from the mountains. At a glance, it looks like the bumper is fine. My custom made bike rack swing arm is a different story. I'll take it all apart this weekend and see if it can be salvaged.

I can tell you this, I am at least cutting those tabs off.

Back to work to pay for my day of 4wheeling ....
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:16 AM   #8
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Oh that's ugly....I just wish I could have been there. At least you could fix your problem with duck tape. If you find rear windows that open let me know.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:31 AM   #9
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Re: Vented Rear Windows .... I always wanted some!

I have the Ford service advisor working on finding flip out windows. I'll post the info if I come up with any.

I also seemed to develop a leak from my rear axle pinion seal yesterday. It was kind of a tough day on the van, but I had fun!
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I have the Ford service advisor working on finding flip out windows. I'll post the info if I come up with any.

I also seemed to develop a leak from my rear axle pinion seal yesterday. It was kind of a tough day on the van, but I had fun!
There's a post on this forum somewhere with part numbers, and a source IIRC.


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