Methods to Set up a Side Window in a Cargo Van

When we started the conversion of our VW Crafter Sprinter Van Windows, it was clear to us, that we need to install some windows as the advantages are obvious – ventilation and being able to benefit from the view.

Step 1

The planning process was to determine the place and size of the windows. Finally, we decided to put in the home windows within the entrance/side part of the van. More specifically, on the sliding door and the opposite site, where the kitchen and lounge house is located. In regards to the measurement, we discovered that Seitz Dometic S4 Windows (450x900mm) are the perfect fit.

Step 2

Step 2 was to get started. First, we constructed a wooden body, which is critical to replace the missing wall thickness of build-in windows. Our wooden frame is made of sq.-shaped timber and served functions. First, it is adjusted to the frame of the home windows, and second it served as stencil. The majority of vans have bars in this a part of the body, which need to be removed. We used our self-made wooden as stencil and reduce out the bars by utilizing an angle grinder.

Step three

Step three required precise work, a steady hand, and once more our self-made wooden frame. We marked the place and dimension of the home windows on the inside of the van and made sure that the markings are in the very same position on the outside. After that, we used a metal drill to drill the corners in order that these present guidance for the jigsaw, which we used to cut the outlet for the windows.

Step 4

Step 4 was an important step for having lengthy-lasting and sealed windows. After treating the surface with alcohol or brake cleaner, it’s completely essential to deal with ALL lower edges with rust-proofing primer and subsequently sealing them with 2-components clear coat.

After the sealing was dried properly (at least 24 hours), the surface needed to be cleaned once more and the wooden body was glued to the body through the use of Sikaflex 252i. Additionally, we used screw clamps to hold body in place for the subsequent couple of hours.

Moreover, we used Dekaseal (an elastic sealant) on the outside of the body to seal the windows earlier than connecting it with the internal frame.