Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-11-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
Senior Member
nomad10th's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Washington for now
Posts: 107
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.

2013 Fleetwood Storm 32BH, cheap handling fix, 5-Star tuned, custom cut Tempurpedic mattress, LED'd out, and custom mounted dog kennel. 14' JKU Willys Wheeler toad, SMI Stay-n-Play brakes, Demco Commander tow bar, Roadmaster brackets
nomad10th is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
I think there may be more swearing at them than by them?

1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
beachboy27's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southampton, ON
Posts: 206
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.
98 Beaver Monterey, 3126 Cat
2010 Toyota Matrix on dolly
beachboy27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
Senior Member
sc3283's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,126
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
96 Dynasty 36' that does NOT wander, thanks to RuppParts.com and their superior "poly" suspension bushings
sc3283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 01:05 AM   #5
Senior Member
Big Oil Guy's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 310
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.....
Ken & Jeannie
96 Vectra Grand Tour 35' DP
Jacey (terri-poo, waiting at the rainbow bridge), Jack (silky terrier), Hannah (poodle)
Big Oil Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 03:35 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Bruce C's Avatar
Nor'easters Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NH
Posts: 5,099
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.
Bruce & Nancy
FMCA F280542
2004 Bounder 35E
US Navy Vet.
Bruce C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 03:50 AM   #7
Registered User
KSCRUDE's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: The Land Of Oz RVM17
Posts: 1,592
If buying a newer rig, duel pane windows would be a must have. Wouldn't buy a rig without them.
KSCRUDE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 04:06 AM   #8
Senior Member
Steve N Sal's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,618
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.
Steve & Sally / Hudson Our Little Pom / Heidi, Houston & HiTee Forever in our Hearts
04 NEWMAR MACA 3778 W22 / 05 PT Vert
Michigan (Summer) Michigan (Winter For Now)
Steve N Sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 07:48 AM   #9
Senior Member
GaryKD's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,523
My vote is for the dual pane windows. My 05 has had no problems with moisture between the panels.
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 08:24 AM   #10
Senior Member
Pepper2's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Roaming the West
Posts: 2,299
If you have fogging/moisture between the panes your seal has failed and the window should be replaced.
Neal and Deb + Mya and Gizmo, the pup's
2003 Winnebago Sightseer 30B

May the roads rise up to meet you, May the winds be always at your back...
Pepper2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 08:27 AM   #11
Senior Member
Chuck&Pam's Avatar
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Monroe, NC
Posts: 593
Originally Posted by GaryKD View Post
My vote is for the dual pane windows. My 05 has had no problems with moisture between the panels.
Ditto on our '05 Bounder.
Chuck & Pam (the people) - Bobbie & Nikki (the cats)
2016 Holiday Rambler Admiral 26DT & Chevy Tracker ZR-2
NJ4B F261484 (ex: NCBounder)
Chuck&Pam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #12
Senior Member
daveshan's Avatar

Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Durango CO
Posts: 581
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.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

'05 Lance 845/'06 F-250 or '99 Alpine 36SDS Usually towing an '01 Wrangler locked on 35"s or moderate '98 Cherokee on 33"s (rear locker only)
daveshan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 09:07 AM   #13
fulltimeraye's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Abbotsford B.C. Canada
Posts: 41
dual pane windows

o2 newmar mountainaire with dual pane. wouldn,t be without. Doug
fulltimeraye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2013, 09:12 AM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 254
Originally Posted by nomad10th View Post
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.


Southern California
BZam is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.