Post by 1glacierlily on Apr 29, 2019 11:24:56 GMT -8
I got a sweet 15"x21" openable aluminum window off Ebay for the entry door on my 13' Shasta. Has anyone else put a window in their entry door. This window came with an interior frame that sheet metal screws to the channel on the back of the window. There are NO holes on the exterior frame. My common sense says to drill some holes in the exterior frame, beef up the wood framing on the inside of the door and screw the exterior on and screw the interior frame on for added support (not the ONLY support). Any thoughts out there?
I built a window for my 1500 and installed it. BUT first I disassembled the door and replaced all boards that had any rot or stripped out holes. Next since these doors tend to sag with age I added some additional cross bracing and framed in the opening for the new window. Then re assembled the door by putting all skins and hardware back on. Finished project is very solid with no flex or sag plus it opens and closes with a very high quality feel providing a good seal all the way around. Side note no staples all screws holding together. Also insulated completely. Then taped window flange and installed it just like the rest of the windows. My wife doesn't like opening a door when she can't see who is on the other side.
I purchased a window off of Ebay (15" x 21" tempered trailer window). You'll have to take the door skins apart & removed the interior egg crate cardboard and build a wood frame from solid lumber. Take some good measurements...I had to rip the 2x2's down a little to make them the correct thickness. I then drilled holes in the exterior frame and installed like all the other windows with butyl tape, etc. I also installed an eyebrow to match my other windows...this however created it's own unique problem as you'll need a door stop to keep the eyebrow from denting your siding when the door is swung open... Here are a few pics.
You'll see at the bottom of my door I had to fab up a door holder. This is about as far as it can open without the eyebrow making contact with the siding...
Post by 1glacierlily on May 8, 2019 9:23:16 GMT -8
Thanks for all the input. I believe I purchased the same one "strange1" got and he rebuilt his interior frame. I appreciate the photos on that - lovely outcome! I will post some photos when I am finished.
Post by 1glacierlily on May 8, 2019 9:25:51 GMT -8
"strange1"... was your door the proper thickness for the window? The measurement 15"x21" are the same as mine, but the window is made for a 1-1/2" thick door. My door is 1" and I will have to do some shimming - 1/4" on either side. Thanks again!
The ebay description does say "fits a 1 1/2" finished door". If you measure things you'll see the door is thicker than the walls in these little trailers. If you look at the pictures of the wood I used in my door you'll see 2x2's that I had to rip down a little to fit in the original door skins. The window fits perfectly in my mid 60's toaster trailer.