Finally got her home and able to give her a good look. We are total novices so our question may seem a bit strange but.....
The back window doesn't open - is this original? Is there any way to change or replace it with one the same size but that does open - would seem that would add a lot of air circulation. Or is there a reason that it doesn't open.
As far as I know, they were all solid non opening rear windows. But YES you change them out with jalousie windows. However, finding one the exact size as your rear window opening might be difficult. You may need to enlarge the Shasta opening.
I have removed the solid rear window and installed jalousie windows on both of our Shasta's. Great cross ventilation!
The measurement to the outside of the frame is 87.5 by 16.5. I am truly a novice so would changing the windows out be difficult?
The former location of the trailer made it very difficult to get a really good look at it. Today we were able to take all the junk out and get a good look at what we have. What we found was no surprise - a lot of work.
While this is something I have wanted to do for a very long time it might be more than I can handle. I am going to try to look at it like eating an elephant - one bite at a time.
I really appreciate the help and reading the posts have given me some ideas about how to approach things - it is just figuring out what you start with.
Post by mountainkimmie on Jul 8, 2012 1:41:12 GMT -5
If you decide to change your back window, I would buy your original from you. I've got a 73 16SC which is essentially the same as your 1400 but a couple feet longer to allow for a shower. The PO put in an air conditioner in mine that I want to get rid of, but he mucked up the back window in the process, so I'm looking for a replacement window.
Congrats on your 1400. I really like those. Your advice to take things one bite at a time is excellent. I also feel a bit overwhelmed at the work involved in fixing up mine, but the folks on this board are great, and its a chance to learn new stuff.
I recently opted out of a jalousie on the rear of my Cardinal. In that location, they are leaks waiting to happen. I doubt you would find a jalousie any bigger than 48"... The large size of your rear window may make it difficult to find an opening unit.
I have never had a rear jalousie window leak that I have installed. However, the solid rear windows always leaked on my Shasta's, that's why I changed them out, plus it gave us a lot of cross ventilation.
As for finding a large enough jalousie window for your 1400. that will be a hard one to find. But if you happen to run across a 2 side windows from a salvaged Shasta or Scotty that are the same height, you can make a center divider.
I had to do that in our Starflyte. I had a few extra jalousie windows that worked.
The solid rear window was removed. Enlarged the length of the opening, added a center spacer and is ready to have 2 windows installed.
The picture is at a bad angle, but you can see the 2 rear windows are installed. The Starflyte sits out in the weather uncovered and has been for the past year 9snow and heavy rains) with no leaks. This is one way I water test before the interior is finished.