RV Myth Busting Thermal Pane Windows • Fact vs Fiction

Today, we’re about to dive into the world of RV windows, or more specifically, the often-hyped but somewhat misunderstood RV thermal pane windows. We’re going to separate fact from fiction and explore whether these windows are a must-have or a mere myth in the world of RVing.

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RV Window Basics

So, you’re out shopping for your dream RV, and you come across the enticing checkbox labeled “Dual Pane” or even “Thermal Pane Windows.” What exactly are these windows, and what do they promise to deliver? RV windows typically come as single-pane glass that slides open and shut. But those tempting checkboxes hint at something more.

RV Window Basics

The Deceptive Dual Pane

When you see “Dual Pane” or “Thermal Pane,” you might picture something like your cozy home’s double-glazed windows – two sheets of glass with a gas-filled gap that keeps heat and cold at bay. Well, here’s where the myth-busting begins. RV thermal pane windows are not quite the same.

Dual paned windows explained

Click below to see some impressive PANORAMIC windows!

Let’s Talk Numbers

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – the R-values. A standard single-pane RV window has an R-value of 0.7. In contrast, a typical sidewall in an RV boasts an R-value between .7 to .9. But when you upgrade to those dual pane windows, the R-value only climbs to about 0.91. That’s still less than 1, folks! Remember, we’re not playing golf. We want the HIGHER score, not the lower one.

Single Paned Windows explained
Dual pane windows 30% more R value than single pane

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Shade Your Way to Savings

Surprisingly, there’s a cost-effective alternative to boost insulation that’s already built into your RV – shades! When you pull down a shade, you create an air gap, making it harder for thermal energy to transfer. This DIY solution gives you roughly an R-value equivalent of 2.1, and it won’t cost you a dime.

Using window shades as a thermal pane
Pulling shades doubles the effective results

Reflect and Relax

Want to take it up a notch? Consider adding some reflective foil to your windows. This helps bounce sunlight away, further reducing heat inside your RV. Coupled with shades, you’ve got yourself a budget-friendly insulation solution. A great brand to consider is Reflectix (as featured below).

reflective foil in rv windows

The Condensation Conundrum

Now, let’s address the condensation concern. Some RVers claim that dual pane windows reduce condensation, but here’s the scoop: the window composition doesn’t affect your RV’s humidity. Condensation is moisture in the air finding a spot to settle. To tackle it, you’ll need a dehumidifier.

Winterfy and Dehumidify

During the summer, RV air conditioners naturally dehumidify. However, in the winter, you lose this moisture-fighting effect. If you’re winter camping, consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep condensation at bay.

Dehumidifiers prevent condensation

Noise Reduction, Notable Benefit

One undeniable advantage of dual pane windows is their noise-canceling prowess. They do a remarkable job at reducing outside noise, creating a more serene living space. So, if you’re all about keeping the volume down around the campfire, these windows might be worth considering.

Euro-Style Windows: The Rarity

Now, let’s talk about Euro-style windows. These are a rarity in the RV world, featuring a true dual pane with a hollow core in between. While it’s challenging to pin down the exact R-value, users report they excel at insulation and heat reduction. Keep an eye out for these on high-end RVs and truck campers. Read about how Ember uses these windows on their RVs. While you’re thinking about the Ember brand, check out Josh’s video and article where he showcases their best features.

Euro styled windows
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A Penny for Your Thoughts

If you find the perfect RV that lacks the thermal pane window checkbox, don’t fret. You can achieve better insulation with shades and reflective foil, all for a fraction of the cost of those pricey window upgrades.

Community Wisdom

Now, over to you, fellow RVers! If you’ve had experience with these window types, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Do they live up to the hype? Share your insights below with the RV community.

So, are RV thermal pane windows worth it? The verdict: they have their merits, but they’re not the game-changers some might believe. When it comes to keeping your RV cozy and comfortable, sometimes a little DIY magic can go a long way.