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bigmaho
07-09-2012, 12:58 PM
On the drivers side rear, by the dinette. Cost me $75 for the window and $11 for a 1" rim. Grew a few more gray hairs cutting the hole, but all went well. I was afraid there might be some support structure behind the wall, but there wasn't. After I started cutting it took less than an hour. It's about an 1/8" off level, but that's as good as it gets with me. I'll attach some pictures as soon as I can get the attachment manager to work.

TandT
07-09-2012, 01:06 PM
Nice job.

Where did you purchase the window? It looks like it matches the factory windows well.

I would like to do this near the stove in my BH3670. There is only one window on the off door side of the rig. (other than in the bedroom slide). Trace

dalspot
07-09-2012, 01:28 PM
You and me too on our Sundance 3300QS!




I would like to do this near the stove in my BH3670. There is only one window on the off door side of the rig. (other than in the bedroom slide). Trace

Karen

bigmaho
07-09-2012, 01:36 PM
Bought 2 from VIntek RV and Trailer Supplies. (The 2nd is for the door, haven't done that yet. Waiting for my heart rate to return to normal ;-)
http://stores.ebay.com/Vintek-RV-Vintage-Trailer-Supplies?_trksid=p4340.l2563

More Pics (if the attachments work)20249

SouthernNights
07-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Nice job. I am sure that first cut was the hardest!

canakiwi
07-09-2012, 06:42 PM
Way to go bigmaho. It looks great. I have a 2011 181 and it does not have the window above the dinette table that yours does. Only a tiny window on the door side, so it's like sitting in a black hole. Everyone I asked told me I could not put in a window above the dining table, the same as there is at the front of the 181, as there would be structural supports there. I push on that end wall and am sure there is nothing "structural" in there, it gives about half an inch or more. You have inspired me. I will search out a suitable wide fixed window and Go For It!!!.

So besides looking great your window is also Inspiring.

jbeletti
07-09-2012, 08:10 PM
Great mod! Thanks for sharing.

RollingHome
07-09-2012, 08:43 PM
Trace, I too have a 2011 BH3670. Like you, I often comment to Patti how nice a window near the stove would be. Unlike you, I lack the courage to "CUT A HOLE IN THE WALL". Should you ever get adventurest and decide to take the plunge (pun intended), please, please, personal email me and show me what happened. At the same time, do not let this message pressure you into doing something you would no normally do. I'm just saying, if you can do it, maybe I can too...

bigmaho
07-09-2012, 10:07 PM
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2 more photos. Step one, the template, and almost done (just needed to trim the butyl putty)

bigmaho
07-10-2012, 09:24 AM
btw, my 89 year old dad wanted to see Gettysburg, so I loaded up the 181 and took him last weekend. Stayed at Caledonia State Park about 15 miles from the National monument. My dad hasn't 'camped' since since the winter of 44/45 with the 85th Infantry Division in Italy so I wasn't sure how it would go, but he loved it. Thanks Heartland MPG!

2psnapod1
07-10-2012, 11:47 AM
btw, my 89 year old dad wanted to see Gettysburg, so I loaded up the 181 and took him last weekend. Stayed at Caledonia State Park about 15 miles from the National monument. My dad hasn't 'camped' since since the winter of 44/45 with the 85th Infantry Division in Italy so I wasn't sure how it would go, but he loved it. Thanks Heartland MPG!

This right here is the best part of this whole thread! How very awesome! So glad he enjoyed himself!

bigmaho
07-10-2012, 02:42 PM
This right here is the best part of this whole thread! How very awesome! So glad he enjoyed himself!20271

He did!

bigmaho
07-10-2012, 04:35 PM
And just did the door too. I'm done! (except maybe for a Bay window by the kitchen ;-)20272202732027420275

wesley1963
07-10-2012, 04:46 PM
That's a great looking job you did! I was afraid to drill a 1/2" hole in our SOB for another cable line.

crennpage
07-11-2012, 07:41 PM
Nine work bigmaho, I could sure use a window in the door to my 183 ... it's dark back there with the lights out. Thanks for the inspiration, I may give it a try myself ... good thing all my hairs are already gray! LOL

2psnapod2
07-12-2012, 10:48 AM
What did you use to cut the holes?

bigmaho
07-12-2012, 11:46 AM
What did you use to cut the holes?

I know, it looks like I used my fist, but actually it was a saber saw with a fine cut blade.

bigmaho
07-19-2012, 04:29 PM
Way to go bigmaho. It looks great. I have a 2011 181 and it does not have the window above the dinette table that yours does. Only a tiny window on the door side, so it's like sitting in a black hole. Everyone I asked told me I could not put in a window above the dining table, the same as there is at the front of the 181, as there would be structural supports there. I push on that end wall and am sure there is nothing "structural" in there, it gives about half an inch or more. You have inspired me. I will search out a suitable wide fixed window and Go For It!!!.

So besides looking great your window is also Inspiring.

I was worried about support structure, so I took a tiny drill bit and from the inside drilled a series of holes 1/2" deep where I was going to put the window, to see if I'd hit anything. Didn't.

ready2camp
09-08-2012, 03:18 PM
On the drivers side rear, by the dinette. Cost me $75 for the window and $11 for a 1" rim. Grew a few more gray hairs cutting the hole, but all went well. I was afraid there might be some support structure behind the wall, but there wasn't. After I started cutting it took less than an hour. It's about an 1/8" off level, but that's as good as it gets with me. I'll attach some pictures as soon as I can get the attachment manager to work.

What size trim ring did you use on the door window? The online site says the window fits 3/4" walls. The door seems to be thicker than that.

Thanks,

ready2camp MPG 182

bigmaho
09-10-2012, 08:26 PM
I used 1" for the window in the wall and 1.5" for the window in the door.

ready2camp
09-17-2012, 12:14 PM
I used 1" for the window in the wall and 1.5" for the window in the door.
Ok thanks. I'll give it a try.

cleanwiz44
11-02-2012, 09:33 AM
Awesome! My husband is very handy like that too. looks great!

cleanwiz44
11-02-2012, 09:35 AM
I have a suggestion next time make a how to video for us! That would be great!

bigmaho
11-02-2012, 12:09 PM
I should have! It was pretty easy though. Feel free to contact me for details. Hardest part (which I wasn't altogether successful at) was keeping it level. Scariest part was making sure there was nothing inside the wall where I was going to cut.

Kbvols
11-02-2012, 01:25 PM
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He did!

Wow!! 89 looks great and enjoying a cold one!! Awesome!! Tell your dad how much we appreciate his service and our freedom!!!

bigmaho
11-02-2012, 04:40 PM
It will make his day, I will! Thanks

TeJay
11-02-2012, 05:07 PM
If it's only 1/8" off level after a few beers or a glass of wine, it's hardly noticeable.

TeJay