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Old 05-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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double paned windows really worth it?

I looked at a Fleetwood Storm 32bh today and the one with the interior I like only has single pane windows. The other 32bh storms on the lot have double paned windows, but the interior colors aren't what we want. They are all the same price. I know that the dual paned windows are an upgrade from Fleetwood for $588. I've read that the dual pane windows insulate better, make the motorhome more quiet, etc. The downsides are condensation between the panes, fogging, etc. What's the ground truth with this? Are the dual pane windows worth making a trade-off in some way? Do people swear by them or do they just not make much of a difference? Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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I think there may be more swearing at them than by them?
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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Dual pane windows do make a huge difference in both cooling and heating. Mine are tinted and sitting beside a unit with single pane, my air conditioner will run half as much as the one with single pane. I have no fogged ones yet, but some of the inner seals have moved to new locations which doesn't affect the function or the use of the window. Like in a house, through time, some will fog up.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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my 1st had single pane windows..they would condensate in winter when using heat...i even had them 1/2 covered with ice when using in single digit temps..we kept the shades pulled in summer due to heat coming thru them

my 2nd has double panes...and just as with a house...they are GREAT..no sweating, frosting from condensation. They do stop heat loss and gain considerably compared to single pane...BUT yes they can fog in between panes
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:05 AM   #5
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They are great for insulation. I notice that some of the replys are from folks with older units that haven't had major problems. My 17 year old rig has NO fogging yet, and not even any seals that I've been able to notice that have relocated. OK, now that I've bragged on it.....
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:35 AM   #6
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I don't think I'd worry about fogging on a new unit. Go for the dual pane you won't be sorry. I had ice on the inside of the windows coming from Florida with a older coach. None in my dual pane no moisture at all. Just give it some thought. Good luck.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:50 AM   #7
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If buying a newer rig, duel pane windows would be a must have. Wouldn't buy a rig without them.
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I would opt for the dual pane. Down the road you may be faced with a leak but there are companies out there that can take care of that. They really do help the insulation and sound factor.
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My vote is for the dual pane windows. My 05 has had no problems with moisture between the panels.
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If you have fogging/moisture between the panes your seal has failed and the window should be replaced.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:27 AM   #11
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My vote is for the dual pane windows. My 05 has had no problems with moisture between the panels.
Ditto on our '05 Bounder.
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We have 2 failed seals in the windows on our '99. Dual panes would still be on our "must have" list for any future purchase no matter what type of RV we were looking at.

The benefits far outweigh the very small downsides to us.
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dual pane windows

o2 newmar mountainaire with dual pane. wouldn,t be without. Doug
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Do people swear by them or do they just not make much of a difference? Thanks.
We had both. First RV for 9 years with single pane and then 12 years with double. When going to same parks, we were amazed at how quiet the double pane windows made the inside.

Go for double and you will not be sorry.
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