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Old 12-20-2020, 02:22 PM   #1
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2021 Rockwood 2109S Front window protection

First trip took a big hit and destroyed the window. Dealer got 600$
to replace. I am certain a plastic film would have done nothing to prevent
the destruction. Tried a few ideas, but settled on this. 1/16 Lexan cut one
inch smaller than the OD of the window. Held on with two inch 20ml vinyl
pvc tape. This stuff will not let go. My wife and I can put it on in about 10
minutes, and leave it on for the whole trip. Easily peels off, and one shot of
windex and the window is clean. Bonus... several other Rockwood owners have approached me in campsites and ask where they can get the "cool bra". If
I can help you in anyway, just ask! Cheers
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Old 12-20-2020, 02:38 PM   #2
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Looks great ! Can you say patent pending ? Lol, Where did you get the lexan ? Did you cut it and if you did,with what ?
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Old 12-20-2020, 03:03 PM   #3
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The Lexan was from Ebay. The gentleman does pre-cut to size if you like.
That way, you just need to cut the corners and the plunge to the bottom point.
I used a Band Saw but a scroll saw would work great too.
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Ok thanks, Definitely will look into it.
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Old 12-20-2020, 05:28 PM   #5
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A jigsaw will cut lexan easily, you just need a blade made to cut plexiglas and work steady at an easy pace like needed while cutting plexiglas. Use a sanding block with 180 or finer grit if you wish to smooth the cut edge.

For over 35 years we used 3/16" lexan for 4' x 5' control room windows for our car shredder. It stopped pieces of flying cast iron and steel up 15 pounds without cracking or breaking.
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The Lexan was from Ebay. The gentleman does pre-cut to size if you like.
That way, you just need to cut the corners and the plunge to the bottom point.
I used a Band Saw but a scroll saw would work great too.
Great idea, and it looks good, too. eBay has a lot of lexan sellers - can you provide a link to the one from whom you bought the material? Thanks!
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https://www.ebay.com/usr/popdisplays


Sure, hope this works!
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:52 PM   #8
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nice i wanted to do something like that but the new rockwoods front glass are in set so we cant get anything to go around the glass edge.. time to get back to the drawing board
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nice i wanted to do something like that but the new rockwoods front glass are in set so we cant get anything to go around the glass edge.. time to get back to the drawing board


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I'm still looking for your idea? Link?
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I'm still looking for your idea? Link?
Here's the link. https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...on-219297.html

I really like the Lexan because it looks like the original window and that stuff is incredibly strong.
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Where can i find that information.
Her information is in my post above.

Here's another solution which is the link I intended to post above....https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...on-222224.html
That one uses Lexan.

I haven't heard of an aftermarket product.
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Old 12-10-2022, 09:45 AM   #14
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Windshield Cover Protection

Hoping to keep my front windshield intact also. Did a variation of Bellacamps mod. Wanted to be able to leave it in place all the time. Tape seemed fine but did not want it coming off over time either.

Picked up some Lexan and cut it to size.
Bought some 3M Dual Lock and put on the perimeter of the Lexan sheet, this leaves a bit of an air gap between the windshield and Lexan. Left a gap at the bottom center for drainage if needed. I also added two strips of the Dual Lock on the windshield towards the center and put black tape on the side facing the Lexan. Adding the tape you do not see the strips and it keeps the Lexan from pushing against the glass in the center. I don't want it adhering to the Lexan just supporting it while driving and keeping a bit of a gap.
So basically there is an air gap between the Lexan and the windshield. Hoping that will help if anything hits the Lexan.

Prior to installing the Lexan I took it to a window tint shop and had them put 20% Ceramic on the side facing the windshield. Thought about doing it before putting the Dual Lock on the Lexan but I wanted the Dual Lock adhered to the Lexan and windshield, not the tint.
In hindsight I should have had the tint shop put the tint on the windshield but leave a perimeter for the Dual Lock, if put on the outside. There are some air bubbles between the Lexan and tint now probably because of movement. Time will tell if it stays on. Putting the tint on the Lexan keeps the heat from going through the windshield and coming back through(if it was to be put on the inside).

Putting the tint on reduced the heat in the bedroom drastically on sunny days. I recommend tint on any of these windshields just for that reason, an awful lot of heat comes in that windshield. Sure makes an afternoon nap more pleasant.

Installing was a bit tricky but would probably go a lot easier with help. I put the Dual Lock on the Lexan perimeter. Installed shims on the bottom gap of the windshield for letting the Lexan sit on it. Made a marker line for centering after insuring fit. Pulled the plastic off the Lexan, set it on the shims centered with my mark and walked it up.

I admit the final install looks a little hoky with the white outside peremiter showing but I can live with it. Thought about adding black tape along the outside edge to trim it out and make it look more uniform as in Bellacamps mod. Hasn't bothered me enough just yet but will probably do it in the springtime.

Have not seen any condensation between the two. At least 500 miles on it and seems to be holding up well. Been on during the summer and have had it in temps down to the upper teens.

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Old 01-26-2023, 11:05 PM   #15
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We did a 12,000 mile road trip to Alaska last summer. Before leaving we had a 4 mil madico clear plex film applied to the windshield on our 2109s and a rockstar tow flap installed on the truck. When we got home there wasn’t single stone chip in the front of the trailer and the windshield was still in one piece 😁 You could tell the windshield had taken a few hits by the tiny nicks in the film but the glass was unharmed.

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Old 01-27-2023, 08:01 AM   #16
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Nice picture.

Drove the Alcan way back in '85 leaving Eilson AFB with a buddy. Roads are probably better now?

Border was closed when we got to it and sleeping in the truck was too darn cold, and uncomfortable.
Went outside and slept with a sleeping bag. Woke up with about four inches of snow on top of me but I was warm.
I think they opened the gates around 0800 or so.

P.S. Low on fuel so we could not keep the truck running all night. Fuel fairly close by once we got across the border, not like we were cutting it real close. Just weren't expecting the border to be closed.
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Old 01-30-2023, 12:53 AM   #17
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pricey but I have heard they are good.
https://goldenhorizonrv.com/product/...-window-cover/
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Old 01-30-2023, 07:34 AM   #18
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They should make it in white. Black is a heat sink in the summer sun.
I believe that is for an older shaped window? I recall looking at those before I did my project.

You would think Rockwood would have two nose caps as the front window on a front bedroom model is worthless. Or make a matching fiberglass insert for campers that do not need the front window.
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They should make it in white. Black is a heat sink in the summer sun.
I believe that is for an older shaped window? I recall looking at those before I did my project.

You would think Rockwood would have two nose caps as the front window on a front bedroom model is worthless. Or make a matching fiberglass insert for campers that do not need the front window.
I think its for a 2019? I didn't know they changed the shape.

Why is a front window worthless on a FB? It was a selling point for me. I love it!
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I never raise the shade in it myself.
Summertime it sucks in all the heat from the sun. Makes taking an afternoon nap unpleasant. Kept the shade down for that reason. The heat is why I put a ceramic tint on the Lexan. Less work for the AC to cool things down.

And it is just a pain since you have to crawl up front to raise it. I believe mine is tied to the supports at the bottom. I was going to put some insulation up there this winter when it got cold but the string is cut too short where it attaches at the bottom. It was a pain retying it. Never did throw any insulation there. Warm enough as it was even during the major cold snap.

My bed headboard is against the window. Some models have a shelf there I believe and the bed is east/west? Would be fine on that model.
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