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« on: June 10, 2012, 04:08:24 PM »

I am getting ready to order the windows for my MCI 8 project. I am starting with the rear bedroom first. I am not doing a roof raise. What size windows did you al use for this area?

as always thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2012, 08:20:44 PM »

Measure your cut out and then can use Peninsula Glass in Vancouver, Wa.  I had them make my custom double pane windows.  They do a great job-but not cheap. Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 07:35:48 AM »

I wanted the largest size windows possible, with the biggest screen area, so I replaced the OEM windows with stock sized replacements from Peninsula.  As noted not cheap, but they are the only source of OEM duplicate size and fit RV windows for old MCI buses.  If you are going the smooth side RV look route, I think people kind of look at the range of sizes possible based on how they put the smooth sides on, frame out an opening either to fit a stock size they can order, or to fit a surplus window they could buy cheap.

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 07:43:25 AM »

Just got quotes from Motion/Peninsula a week ago. The direct replacement dual panes are approaching $500 each with shipping, the single panes are around $400 with shipping.
3-5k in windows is a bit rich for my blood. Like Brian said, if you're gonna rehab the entire sides of your bus it's a no brainer, skin the sides and put surplus windows from ebay or elkhart in. But if you want to stick to the original window cutouts you're gonna spend some serious cash.

Or you could do what I'm doing and keep your eyes open on adhunter.com (searches all of craigslist) and ebay and hope for the best.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012, 10:44:41 AM »

  Just got quotes from Motion/Peninsula a week ago.  (snip)  a bit rich for my blood. 

     Yeah but they're NICE windows.  I put a few in in important locations and they work very well. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2012, 11:14:29 AM »

Exactly right,
I didn't plan on skinning my bus, but it was significantly less money to skin the bus and put in the windows I wanted than it was to use the expensive ones.

I'm glad I did it... the bus looks good, and the windows are exactly what I want, where I want.  Plus, it is better insulated.

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012, 01:45:47 PM »

Heck, i paid 500 for each of my windows and i got them right at the factory in 04. Smiley Double pane, dark tint, installed there, and one out of the 6 had to be customized for me. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 04:27:56 PM »

Thans gus for all of the information.!

Tikvah,

What is the window size that you used on the rear of your bus. that is the look that I am going for. I am skinning both side and wil not be using any of the OEM windows

Best regards,

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 05:38:32 PM »

Rusty,
The Windows are 24" high x 48" wide.  (23 5/8" x 47 5/8").   One is 24" x 36"
I saw them on Ebay and called the company (they prefer that).  Got a good deal.  I don't remember what I paid.

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I can't seem to find him on Ebay now... but any good RV window should work.

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2012, 05:40:07 PM »

Thank you! How afar are you from logansport?
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2012, 05:45:35 PM »

Never heard of it.... I'm up near the Mackinaw Bridge - can see it from here.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2012, 07:40:16 PM »

James, My windows are all 36" high but I raised my roof 9", I liked the look of a taller window,my bedroom ones are 24" wide and I also used penninsula windows they are really nice but are a little pricey. Good luck Jason
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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 08:00:06 PM »

If you can find the Kinro windows they are good windows better than most of the RV windows like Hehr,Attwood and SE-GI give Newell a call in Miami OK sometimes they have surplus Kinro windows they are a high end window 

The radius is the most important to me I like the 3 inch corner radius windows

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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »

Thanks Guys for all the help. I will start checking out the ones you all have recommended!
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 05:31:19 AM »

If you're in Logansport you need to come north young man.  Head to Elkhart to the salvage shops...and a little further north to White Pigeon Mi to Bontragers.  I'm sure you can find some surplus windows that will fit your needs...and if not, I'm sure you will find other things that will fit your needs.  Good hunting sir.
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2012, 09:15:11 AM »

A lot of people recommend as large as possible.  I put six 36"x48" windows in my front living/kitchen area and the view is great, but the issue is heat loading.  We have to cover all the windows when it it hot out to keep the temps even remotely reasonable.
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2012, 03:35:18 PM »

Thanks Dennis!
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2012, 04:26:47 PM »

A lot of people recommend as large as possible.  I put six 36"x48" windows in my front living/kitchen area and the view is great, but the issue is heat loading.  We have to cover all the windows when it it hot out to keep the temps even remotely reasonable.

Correction: I have four windows up front, not six.  Regardless, the heat loading issue remains.
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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2012, 06:19:12 PM »

Thanks Belfert. You guys are givng me lots to think about!
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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2012, 07:14:00 PM »

    My bus had windows that were about 66 X 30", except for the upper front and rear corners which were about 10" shorter with a slightly slanted side edge (right along the corner). 



    All the windows you can see in this photo are Peninsula except for the central upstairs one (the one that's a little lighter in color in the photo -- that's the one in the stairwell - it doesn't open).  One of my issues was that the stock windows had 4" radius corners and the only Peninsula corners were 3".  To make them fit, I had to trim out a crescent in the sheet aluminum to make the new windows fit.  I measured to a pretty tight size for the upper and side straight edges and the final parts were very accurate to the size.

    As I got in the middle of the project, I realized that as long as i was trimming the corners, I could have as easily ordered the corners square -- that might have given me a more modern look and might have been easier to fit.  So, don't forget to "think out of the box" as you're considering your options.

    I've found that if I crack the windows downstairs on the side that the breeze if blowing from and open windows upstairs on the downwind side (all the Peninsula windows have screens), I get a cool breeze up the stairs and the air in the bus changes quickly.  In the past few weeks, I've been parked in the sun with temps close to 90 and NC humidity and the bus has been reasonably cool inside.
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