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56 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T The fact that European RV makers have embraced acrylic windows is not surprising given that, for those manu- facturers, weight is everything, according to Rodabaugh. One major reason for that is that a standard European driver's license limits a driver to hauling no more than 7,000 pounds, including the tow vehicle. "To be able to have a comfortable, nice-sized RV, you really have to be focused on weight," he says. "Plus, European gas prices run $11 to $12 a gallon, so weight is phe- nomenally important." Those factors are much less of concerns to U.S. RV buyers and OEMs, although it does play a role in the thinking of some companies that utilize the windows. Scott Hubble, president of Sugar Creek, Ohio-based nüCamp RV, says much of it depends on the unit involved, particu- larly those RVs that are focused on achieving low gross vehicle weight ratings. "If you were to replace glass with acrylic, you might achieve an overall weight savings of 100 pounds," he says. "But, for our demographic, it's important. We make trailers that are under 1,000 pounds, and even as you step up, we've got others below 2,000 pounds. If you were to replace the acrylic there with glass you might be adding an extra 50 pounds, and that does make a difference." One of the benefits of acrylic windows like the ones pictured here, which are offered by Dometic, is that they can be mounted on friction hinges to allow in fresh air while protecting against moisture. Additionally, some acrylic windows come with a flynet screen and a day-night shade built right in.

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