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rv-pro.com August 2018 • RV PRO • 59 Plastoform's RV products are available exclusively through Trans-Atlantic Products located in Elkhart, IN. For more info. contact Dan Rodabaugh (574) 596-9100 dan@transatlanticprod.com Plastoform RV Windows The future is Plastoform's recently upgraded window production center employs catalytic heating elements resulting in a 50% reduction in energy consumption. Our windows can easily be molded to conform to the contours of today's stylish RV bodies. All windows are available as fully-operable or fixed-pane depending on the customer's needs. CE LE B R A T I N G 42 Y E A R S • • C E L E B R A T I N G 4 2 Y E A R S SINCE 1976 Warm & Dry The OEMs that use acrylic windows stress that those windows are much more than their good looks would suggest. Along with that extra light, the windows can keep the fresh air flowing while pro- tecting against rain and cold better than conventional windows. Dometic's Boyer explains that many acrylic windows are built as a dual-pane system and installed to create a water- tight seal. "With standard windows in the RV market, we don't prevent water, we manage it," he says. "That's why there are weep holes in those products. There are no weep holes in an acrylic window because they eliminate any penetration of water. They speak for themselves in that case." One reason for that is the windows are top-hung, which means they can be left open even in inclement weather. nüCamp, for example, has added a dial to the oper- ating arms on its windows so an RVer can make subtle adjustments to how open an acrylic window can be. "The friction hinges allow a vent, which would be difficult to achieve if you're using a standard glass window," says nuCamp's Hubble. Rodabaugh adds that Trans Atlantic acrylic windows also have a secure venti- lation mode where the window can still allow air to flow, but it can't be opened. He says that also means a unit can be stored with some ventilation in place. Additionally, there's no condensa- tion. Unlike the aluminum-frame win- dows, there's also less transference of heat, making the units that have them warmer. "The acrylic windows don't sweat," Rodabaugh says. "With conventional windows, you're heating the interior and you have sweating on both the frame and the glass. That's another reason for the weep holes." Because they have such a tight seal and a dual pane, Northstar's Willett says still another advantage of acrylic windows is their noise-blocking ability. "They're quieter going down the road, and absolutely quiet on the inside if you're staying at a truck stop or a Walmart parking lot," he says. "One of its biggest features is how much noise it blocks out." Still another advantage: Many designs come with a flynet screen and day-night shade built right in. Willett says that fea- ture is great for the person who likes to do a little "stealth camping," as he puts it. And, because the screens raise and lower, if the windows are shut, people aren't going to be looking through them, adds Rodabaugh. Acrylic Pros & Cons While acrylic is strong, it's not invin- cible, although it might seem that way. North American RV makers say a big benefit of acrylic windows is their versatility, in that they can be made in all kinds of sizes and shapes and can be mounted in ways that would be difficult or impossible for traditional glass windows. The pictured window is offered by Trans Atlantic.

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