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54 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T G lass and windows seem to go together like pen and paper, like peanut butter and jelly or like lock and key. After all, the transparent, manmade material in windows dates back to the ancient Romans more than 2,000 years ago. When it comes to RVs, however, glass may not always be the best answer. Acrylic windows have already overtaken glass windows in the European market, and a number of American OEMs are using it as well. While acrylic offers a lightweight alternative to glass, both suppliers and OEMs say that really isn't a primary concern to many U.S. buyers. Instead, they say, the value comes from acrylic windows' versatility and great looks. Old World Styling Acrylic windows aren't new to the RV industry, even in the United States. Rex Willett, president of Cedar Falls, Iowa- based R.C. Willett Co., says his company has been installing the windows in the company's Northstar Campers line of truck campers since 1987, after he learned about them the previous year while attending the Caravan Salon trade show in Dussel- dorf, Germany. At that time, the windows he purchased were made in A Clear Advantage Acrylic windows make up a fraction of the overall market for RV windows in North America, but that may be changing as OEMs and end consumers come to appreciate them for their feature benefits and styling. By K. Schipper

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