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Old 02-17-2021, 02:36 PM   #1
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Why is RV salesman discouraging me from getting dual pane windows?

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a 5th wheel toy hauler. One of the options we're not sure of is dual pane windows. We had three different salesmen ask us why we would want dual pane windows and all three told us the windows only increased the "R" value by 1. Both of us felt like they did not want to sell the dual pane windows for some reason.

My question is, as a full timer, do you have dual pane windows or do you wish you had dual pane windows? Is there really a benefit to having them?

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We are full timers, have been in a lot of cold weather, some not by choice. We have dual pane windows and wouldn't be without them. No idea why the sales staff would discourage you. After all it's your money and being a full timers, your home.
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:45 PM   #3
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Have ordered them on my last three RVs. Mostly to reduce condensation on the inside. They have done that. Otherwise it runs down the walls creating problems. I haven’t seen any downside other than cost and maybe weight.
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Right now in my coach it is 19 degrees outside and 72 in here. The inner pane on the dual pane side window is 52 degrees while the inside of the windshield is 41 degrees. The winshield is still 2 pieces of glass with a plastic film in between so imagine how much colder it would be as a single pane. RV walls are so thin it doesn't take much to tip the scales so if you will be camping in hot or cold weather get the dual panes.
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:45 PM   #5
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We are full timers, have been in a lot of cold weather, some not by choice. We have dual pane windows and wouldn't be without them. No idea why the sales staff would discourage you. After all it's your money and being a full timers, your home.

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My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a 5th wheel toy hauler. One of the options we're not sure of is dual pane windows. We had three different salesmen ask us why we would want dual pane windows and all three told us the windows only increased the "R" value by 1. Both of us felt like they did not want to sell the dual pane windows for some reason.

My question is, as a full timer, do you have dual pane windows or do you wish you had dual pane windows? Is there really a benefit to having them?

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The reason is you are shopping in Florida and about all they have on the lot is RVs with single pane windows.
As fulltimers we would really struggle to spend winters anywhere but Florida and the desert Southwest without double paned windows. Place the back of your hand right now on one of our double paned windows and then place it on the inside of our windshield. You will be amazed at the temperature differential.
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Dual pane windows also block some noise vs. single pane, another advantage. Only Cons I can give are sometimes the seal between outer and inner glass fails and they are no longer clear to look thru.
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Dual pane windows also block some noise vs. single pane, another advantage. Only Cons I can give are sometimes they seal between outer and inner glass fails and they are no longer clear to look thru.
Yup, have seen that happen a lot. Check the warrenty when you are buying them. Usually they have a pretty good warrenty. I have an RV repair buddy who has replaced tons of them, almost all under warrenty. I did have a 2000 holiday rambler that the front drivers window fogged. Made it difficult to see the mirror. Normally it was fine in the morning, but after sun hit it would fog.
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What if you told the dealer that the dual pane windows have twice the R-value of single pane windows? R-value for single pane is ~1, for dual pane it is ~2. As mentioned, they reduce noise and can also reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 24%. If you were looking at 2 rigs with ceiling insulation ratings of 15 v 16, it wouldn’t be a significant difference.

To answer your title question, I’d say they don’t have a unit with dual pane windows on the lot to sell, so they’re trying to convince you to buy the one they have.
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...To answer your title question, I’d say they don’t have a unit with dual pane windows on the lot to sell, so they’re trying to convince you to buy the one they have.
Exactly THAT!
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To answer your title question, I’d say they don’t have a unit with dual pane windows on the lot to sell, so they’re trying to convince you to buy the one they have.
That was my first thought.

Get dual pane windows!! You won't regret it - both for heat and cold.
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We have had them in last 2 units and wouldn't be without them.
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We've had with and without. Makes a big difference. Get them, imho.
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We don't have dual pane windows in our unit but the wife is starting to ask if we should replace the windows we have with dual pane.
Honestly we did not even consider them when we bought because we seen what we wanted sitting on a lot and bought it. The dealer we had in no way try to push anything on us or try to stop us from getting what we wanted added or changed. We just did not even think about dual pane windows.
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