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Old 05-23-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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Adding rear window or driver side door

Is it possible to add a rear window and driver side door to a Class A RV that does not have them? Both seem to be common features on some older models, but not many newer ones. Those two features, both of which I like, are one reason I am reluctant to move up from my Class C even though I do like the additional room on a Class A. Thanks!
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The drivers side door is still an option on some class A motor homes. I can't say that I have seen a rear window on one.
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I think the rear window disappeared when everyone wanted the "look" of a diesel pusher, even if the coach is only a lowly gasser.

Its just style; probably not going to change anytime soon. There's probably no structural reason that you couldn't put in a rear window, if desired.
Driver's side door would be a major remodel.
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Our 2014 Thor ACE 27.7 has a large rear window.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:21 PM   #5
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I think the rear window disappeared when everyone wanted the "look" of a diesel pusher, even if the coach is only a lowly gasser.

Its just style; probably not going to change anytime soon. There's probably no structural reason that you couldn't put in a rear window, if desired.
Driver's side door would be a major remodel.
Most DP's have a wall to wall closet going across the back. No use for a window.
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I too like the rear window, like having light from it. I've had class A's with the drivers door and after you climb in and out of it a couple of times you just end up using the side door.
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I too like the rear window, like having light from it. I've had class A's with the drivers door and after you climb in and out of it a couple of times you just end up using the side door.

True that!
If I had a driver door, it would just add to wind noise.
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I don't spend enough time in the bedroom to want another window. I never open the ones I have. I guess you could have one put in, but I would think about how often you would look out or use it before spending that kind of money to have it installed.
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I too like the rear window, like having light from it. I've had class A's with the drivers door and after you climb in and out of it a couple of times you just end up using the side door.
Unless the bolt in the side door breaks like ours did on the last trip. We were about to pull out of camp and my wife was checking the toad lights. The door lock broke when she closed it (quit slamming the door). She was locked out and I was locked in. The driver's door was a life saver.

We were able to use a step stool to ease entry and exit, pulling it inside while we drove. We got the door mechanism apart and used the deadlock for the remainder of the trip.

It saved us another time when the pooch locked us out with the keys inside. Fortunately, the driver's door was not locked and the key ring was on the seat.

So, I am sold on having the driver's side door for emergencies.

We like our back window but it would not be a deal breaker on a new coach.
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I quite like a drivers side door but to install one as an aftermarket item is just too expensive, as for the rear window, in our last rig we had one and I spent a great deal of time cleaning it and prefer to not have it and have extra storage space.
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Unless the bolt in the side door breaks like ours did on the last trip. We were about to pull out of camp and my wife was checking the toad lights. The door lock broke when she closed it (quit slamming the door). She was locked out and I was locked in. The driver's door was a life saver.

We were able to use a step stool to ease entry and exit, pulling it inside while we drove. We got the door mechanism apart and used the deadlock for the remainder of the trip.

It saved us another time when the pooch locked us out with the keys inside. Fortunately, the driver's door was not locked and the key ring was on the seat.

So, I am sold on having the driver's side door for emergencies.

We like our back window but it would not be a deal breaker on a new coach.

That's why I keep keys in my toad, and emergency exit windows also work.
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That's why I keep keys in my toad, and emergency exit windows also work.
I like the idea of drivers side doors... they should all have that if you ask me Never thought much about a rear window...
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I do know a little bit about RV doors and windows, A one point in my career, when I was between "real" jobs, I took a temp position with a company in Elkhart that made doors and windows for RVs and busses. I started there doing drafting, but ended up doing design work for about 6 months.

Doors are required to comply with stringent NHTSA safety standards. There will be a door frame sandwiched between the inner and outer skins of the coach. Adding one after the coach is built would require with massive destruction.

Adding a window that can open will have the same problem. You might be able to add a non-opening window if you can locate or fabricate a suitable external frame.

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