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Old 02-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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A122 Roof Windows retrofit

Has anyone looked into a retrofit of the two smaller roof windows that have been added to the 2012/2013 model years? I have a 2011 A122 and would consider the additional roof windows if the price was right - have the dealer install of course, but it looks like it would be pretty straightforward. cut hole, drop in, seal and add interior flange.

I plan to get in touch with the dealer on pricing but thought i'd ask here in case anyone else has had the same idea.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Some people have done it on their Aliners ... should check the forum there. I kinda like the no windows on the towhitch end of the trailer, as it prevents lots of heat loss due to sun, and thermal heating. Origionally I really disliked the idea of no windows, but now i have grown to really like it, as the bubble windows just cause so much heat buildup within the trailer, and also affords us privacy on back in sites ... which we have the most up here in Ontario, and throughout the areas in the U.S. that we visit.

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Old 02-08-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Although I understand why some would want additional windows, my feeling is that the negs outweigh the benefits. On hot sunny days more bubble windows would only add to the heat, just like a moon roof in your car can act like a broiler.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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Yeah, don't really have the hot weather issues up in new England that are present in fla. I'm also 6'5" and the extra headroom at the dinette wouldn't hurt.

Heard from the factory today, the dinette side roof windows are about $40 each.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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I am being shown a "2012" 122 that has no windows on the tow end. So is that really a 2011??
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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I am being shown a "2012" 122 that has no windows on the tow end. So is that really a 2011??
There'll be a tag on the outside (near the water heater vent I think) that will give the VIN and may give the year. It could be an early 2012, before they made the changeover in production, but I'm just guessing here. At any rate the price should reflect the older outfitting.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:21 PM   #7
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Yeah, don't really have the hot weather issues up in new England that are present in fla. I'm also 6'5" and the extra headroom at the dinette wouldn't hurt.

Heard from the factory today, the dinette side roof windows are about $40 each.
So did you go with the retro-fit? How did it go? Just curious...I am about to pull the trigger on a 12DD and was thinking I really like those extra bubbles.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #8
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Planning to do this when the weather breaks, been a busy winter but spring is around the corner, our A122 we keep in an enclosed storage unit so I've only been able o check in on it a few times over the winter.

I am looking forward to the extra feling of light and openness the dining side windows will bring, heat is not much of a concern up here in new England.
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Planning to do this when the weather breaks, been a busy winter but spring is around the corner, our A122 we keep in an enclosed storage unit so I've only been able o check in on it a few times over the winter.

I am looking forward to the extra feling of light and openness the dining side windows will bring, heat is not much of a concern up here in new England.
Ok, let us know how it goes. I called the factory as well and the warranty guy said the A-frame roofs were made to be able to do it. I'm in Georgia so I'm weighing the heat vs. light/space trade-off. Good luck!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:51 AM   #10
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Protecting the bubble windows

While the subject of extra bubble windows is being discussed let me take the opportunity to ask about suggestions for protecting them when the camper is folded down and unused during the summer months. Do they suffer any damage from the sun beating down on them? Does anyone cover the camper when stored outside during the summer? This part of the province is the hottest most humid area and summer can be a real scorcher I’ve seen the bed liner on the tailgate buckle when left down. Hope it doesn’t sound like a stupid question but I just bought the little guy and I’d like to keep it in the family for years to come. Any thoughts?
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We've had ours 13 months now so that's not enough for a long-term answer about the windows. For that matter the hardsides are so new (from FR at least) that theres no way to tell about long-term sun damage. So far there's no evident damage from the sun and we don't cover ours in the summer. I'd be more concerned about a cover scuffing the window when there's a wind. Some covers have a soft lining in strategic spots to avoid that.

You might try looking at Aliner/Chalet owner forums to see if anyone there has had problems like we're talking about. Those units have been around for years.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:00 PM   #12
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While the subject of extra bubble windows is being discussed let me take the opportunity to ask about suggestions for protecting them when the camper is folded down and unused during the summer months. Do they suffer any damage from the sun beating down on them? Does anyone cover the camper when stored outside during the summer? This part of the province is the hottest most humid area and summer can be a real scorcher I’ve seen the bed liner on the tailgate buckle when left down. Hope it doesn’t sound like a stupid question but I just bought the little guy and I’d like to keep it in the family for years to come. Any thoughts?
I can't imagine the our Florida sun would NOT damage anything exposed to it for any length of time. I cover my A122 with one of those silver/brown tarps found at the nearest home improvement store. I was, too, concerned about the tarp scratching the bubble so I laid an old cotton sheet over the window to protect it. I just pulled the tarp off to get ready for this weekend and I see no signs of damage. The tarp, however, is already starting to show wear and tear from the blazing sun.
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Sun will eventually degrade the windows ( and the other surfaces of course ), but fortunately, the skylight windows are pretty inexpensive to replace.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #14
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Thumbs down A122 adding skylight dome over dinette

I just ordered them from Forest River through the dealer that I purchased the 2012 A122 unit from. The dealer is 2 hours from where I live so I will have them installed locally. The guy at the service section where I bought the A122 said not to drill any holes in the skylight, just have them look at the back one to see how it was done. It (the back skylight), however, does has 2 screws at each corner with obvious caulking around the whole thing. Does that mean the new ones are to be just held on by caulk (I ordered what Forest River uses)? The domes are made by Majestic Plastics but I cannot find any installation instructions on their site for RV installation.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #15
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I'm sure it's more than just caulk holding them on. I'm sure they lay down a bed of industrial adhesive first, and then seal it with caulk.

I noticed on my rear (larger) window a couple places where the caulk was peeling back, and there was a tiny gap between the caulk and the edge of the window flange. I am pretty sure it wasn't enough to let water leak in, but I had a tube of silicone handy, so I filled in the gaps just to be on the safe side.
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