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Old 01-04-2022, 11:21 AM   #1
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2509s front window???

I currently have a 2016 23IKSS Hybrid. Looking to switch to a 2509s to ease 1 night stop and go traveling this summer. I have read posts about the front window chipping or cracking. Is this really a significant problem. If it is I will have to pass up the 2019 I have been looking at and wait for an older year with out the front window.
Also as we camp locally during the winter, has anyone put foam board insulation under the jackknife sofa to help keep the interior a little warmer?
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I made this padded cover for front window and also insulated front storage compartment with 1Ē foam on floor . Then got a big, long body pillow to stuff in opening behind the jack knife sofa
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Old 01-04-2022, 04:16 PM   #3
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Golden Horizon RV makes a really nice cover for these windows. They have two locations in Calif and Nevada. They charge $269.00 and they do ship for DIY installations. They have pictures of the covers on their webpage. https://goldenhorizonrv.com/shop/
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:41 PM   #4
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Wow, Thanks for the good information. I went to my local dealer and spoke to one of the mechanic and was told they got a camper in with a chipped window and the had to wait 4 weeks to get a replacement. If I can make the deal for the trailer I found I will surely get the cover for the front window. Do you leave the cover on all the time? Does it withstand the weather or should I just use it when on the road? I will also mount the insulation board under the sofa.
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:55 PM   #5
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I've over 28,000 miles on our 2018. Our window has never been covered and have had no chips or breaks. It did leak a little, but some RV ProSeal cured that.
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Old 01-22-2022, 11:48 AM   #6
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Golden Horizon RV makes a really nice cover for these windows. They have two locations in Calif and Nevada. They charge $269.00 and they do ship for DIY installations. They have pictures of the covers on their webpage. https://goldenhorizonrv.com/shop/
I went to the Golden Horizon website and was unable to find covers for the Mini Lite. They show covers for Rockwood Ultra Lights, but not the Mini Lites. I emailed them a couple of months ago and had no response. Just sent them another. We'll see....
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Old 01-22-2022, 02:01 PM   #7
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Front Mini Lite winshield cover from Golden Horizon

Well not only did I email Golden Horizon today, but I left a VM as well. Martin promptly called me back and said he never received either of my 2 emails. So if anyone tried emailing them and not received a response that is why.
I explained what I was looking for, told him there is definitely a market out there for the MiniLite windshild cover, and sent him a couple of pics. He responded right away again to receivng my pics. I will keep you updated.
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Old 01-22-2022, 05:15 PM   #8
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I have had two trailers with the front window. In over 3 years have not had any chips or cracks.
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Old 01-22-2022, 05:25 PM   #9
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For those that choose not to add protection for the front window that’s surely your choice. In my case I am again planning a trip to Alaska and wouldn’t think of making the trip without having the window protection. Can you imagine just how a broken window would ruin the trip. And it’s not just for that trip but any trip. I don’t want a broken window.
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Old 01-22-2022, 05:26 PM   #10
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I have had two trailers with the front window. In over 3 years have not had any chips or cracks.
I haven't used my Mini Lite yet since I purchased at the end of the season 2021, but I do have a friend with a Rockwood GeoPro with a similar front window. He has had 2 rock strikes/chips leading to cracks the first year...
I would rather be safe than sorry when you are talking about a $1200 piece of glass...I am either going to go for the padded cover, or possibly a clear PPF (paint protection film) of about 8 ml. There is a guy on youtube with a 2109 Mini Lite (Garland Style) that had gotten a chip/crack and he went with the PPF and said he has had no problems since.
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Old 01-23-2022, 12:02 PM   #11
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Our Armada is 2 years old and the windshield is ruined, been hit twice with rocks. Maybe the good thing is the rocks hit the truck instead of the trailer.
I have a layer of glass protection film I put on, not sure how it would do with a rock, but better than nothing I think.
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I have had two trailers with the front window. In over 3 years have not had any chips or cracks.
Yeah, it never happens,...............................until it does.
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Yeah, it never happens,...............................until it does.

Quite true but that is what insurance is for. I probably have jinxed myself for the post.
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Old 01-23-2022, 04:09 PM   #14
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My concern

I tend to keep my trailers for a long time, mine concern is when FR does a redesign of these trailer (and they will) are we going to be able to get a replacement window if needed. When I started looking to buy a Rockwood Ultra Lite, the front caps were made entirely different, and that was only a few years ago.
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Old 01-27-2022, 06:06 PM   #15
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Picked up my window cover today from a local upholstery guy. I am very pleased with the results especially for the money spent! Best feature - less than a minute to put on and even less to take off!
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Picked up my window cover today from a local upholstery guy. I am very pleased with the results especially for the money spent! Best feature - less than a minute to put on and even less to take off!

Truly professional looking job. Is that your DIY, or a template that anyone could utilize?
Well, going back thru the thread, was this from the guy Martin from Golden Horizons?
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Truly professional looking job. Is that your DIY, or a template that anyone could utilize?
Well, going back thru the thread, was this from the guy Martin from Golden Horizons?
The cover was from a local guy that does auto and marine upholstery out of his garage. He charged me $150 installed. He also made one for a neighbor that had just bought a new Mini Lite 2502 (same window), and another neighbor with a Geo Pro (smaller window). He was open to dealing through the mail with others that may be interested, although you would have to do the install yourself, obviously. And I would imagine since there would be no install the price could be even cheaper. If you are interested in speaking with him, just let me know.
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The cover was from a local guy that does auto and marine upholstery out of his garage. He charged me $150 installed. He also made one for a neighbor that had just bought a new Mini Lite 2502 (same window), and another neighbor with a Geo Pro (smaller window). He was open to dealing through the mail with others that may be interested, although you would have to do the install yourself, obviously. And I would imagine since there would be no install the price could be even cheaper. If you are interested in speaking with him, just let me know.
Does it use the 3m snads to hold it on?
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Does it use the 3m snads to hold it on?
I personally don't trust any stick on type snaps as IMO they are bound to eventually fail with all of the pulling on the snaps to remove a cover. Instead, I went with a marine twist lock that is screwed and epoxied. My upholstery guy does a a lot of marine canvas and that is what he almost exclusiively uses. I had had those type of fasteners on boats that I had and never had one fail, so I deferred to his professional opinion. But I am sure you could choose whatever type of fastener you were comfortable with. YMMV
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