Our brand new series of awning windows for camper vans is now available! Up until now, your camper van window choices have been sliding windows or awning windows; each one had its advantages and drawbacks. Sliding windows offered a large unobstructed opening that you couldn’t leave open in the rain, while awning windows only offered a small tilt out window with an obstructed airflow. The VWD RNAWS001L Ram Promaster Rear Door Awning Window (Driver Side) now combines the best of both worlds; a huge window opening that compares to sliding windows and an awning style that tilts out 70° for maximum airflow. You now get the ventilation of a sliding window with the convenience of an awning window!
The VWD RNAWS001L Ram Promaster Rear Door Awning Window (Driver Side) is the flagship window of the Van Windows Direct brand. VWD RNAWS001L Ram Promaster Rear Door Awning Window (Driver Side) are the pinnacle of aftermarket camper van windows, setting a standard far above today’s current offerings.
VWD RNAWS001L Ram Promaster Rear Door Awning Window (Driver Side) Features:
Viewability – The VWD Awning series has the largest viewing area of any of the vented styles of windows we offer. The main glass of the window is a solid window and only a minimalistic frame surrounds the awning glass giving you an unmatched viewing area in an opening window. The awning dimensions are 18-11/16” W x 16-13/16” H.
Convenience – Awning windows cannot be open while driving, sliding windows cannot be open during rain. The VWD Camper Van Awning Window has addressed these shortcomings by having heavy-duty pistons that hold the glass open, featuring a locking knob. This provides extra security for the window and the ability to open the window and lock the pistons to use it while driving.
On the interior of the VWD Camper Van Awning Window is an accordion-style screen that is inset into the frame of the awning window, so you can open the window to the desired location by utilizing the two locking levers, then simply pull down the screen and enjoy a large, screened opening.
Security – When the VWD Camper Van Awning Window is closed, two levers swing and lockdown on both bottom corners of the window. You then push the release button to swing the lever open making it nearly impossible for a would-be thief to enter through awning glass when locked. What about when the window is open? To add an additional layer of protection, the hydraulic pistons feature locking knobs! Simply slightly open the awning glass, then lock the piston knobs down; the window won’t be able to be moved from the outside, making it far more difficult to utilize the opening as entering point.
VWD RNAWS001L Ram Promaster Rear Door Awning Window (Driver Side) Specifications:
- Fits 136″ , 159″, 159″ Extended Wheelbase
- Fits Low and High Roof Van
- Fits 2014+ Ram Promaster
- Single Awning Style
- Part # RNAWS001L
- Manufacturer: VWD (Van Windows Direct)
- Manufacturer Country: Turkey (Europe)
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Glass Color = Solar Privacy Glass (Pure Grey Premium Glass)
- Glass UV Rating = 15% (Allowable UV)
Whats needed to Install?
This window is installed with Urethane Adhesive, you will need a primer base and we recommend edge molding for the cut edge.
How will I install this window?
The window uses the OEM factory metal stamping on the van. On the interior of the van you will notice an area where the inner metal ends. Here is a photo to clarify. You will cut right along that edge all the way around your van may have multiple upright you will cut those out straight with your opening.
REPLACING AN EXISTING OEM WINDOW:
If you are replacing an existing factory window that is urethane bonded, you may want to take the van to a professional for removal and replacement. If you are removing the windows on your own, the best tool to use is a wire cutter. Once the window is cut out you will need to cut the original urethane down as flat as possible and clean as much away as possible. After using any cleaning product to remove the urethane, be sure to clean it very well with rubbing alcohol.
ADDING WINDOW TO A VAN WITHOUT WINDOWS:
If you have the following tools cutting can be done on the inside with no template or mirroring of the interior stamping to the outside. (Body Saw, Air Saw, One-Handed Reciprocating Saw)
Drill hole with a bit large enough to accommodate the blade of your cutting tool. Drill within the single sheet metal section that will be cut out then work your blade down to the OEM stamp line. Follow stamp line all the way around section to produce your windows cut hole. (Any interior supports in the window sections can be cut out as they are unnecessary).
**TIP – Cut sides and bottom first leaving the top cut for last so the sheet metal does not start bending while cutting.
Once your hole has been cut, file any rough edges or high points to smooth the cut line. While most will trim and not see the raw edge the smoother and straighter the cut the better the trim will appear when it is time to place it. Once happy with the cut out and filed down smooth, you may want to prime the raw edge of metal prior to installing edge molding. While this is not a necessary step its easy and offers additional piece of mind.
If you will be using the edge molding now will be the time to install it. Window Edge Molding is not necessary for the installation of the window it will be used to offer a better appearance on the interior of the van by covering the raw cut edge. If your interior walls will be covering the cut edge than no reason to trim something that will be hidden. When ordering trim, it is sold from a bulk roll by the foot and there is a drop-down box for proper sizing for your van. Most vans will cover both inner and outer sheet metal edge with the trim. The trim on the outside will not affect the installation of the window as the urethane bead will be taller than the thickness of the trim.
**TIP – Dry fitting window prior to urethane bonding can help familiarize yourself with placement. Also, you can place securing tape/masking/painters’ tape in corners and side middle on to glass then onto body cut tape leaving on both window and van body as added line-up markers for easier placement.
URETHANE BONDING OF WINDOW:
Using a urethane primer apply to the outside of the body you want to apply close to the opening but allow a 1/2″ of gap when possible that way when the urethane is applied and spreads less likely to have urethane seeping out from the glass edge on the outside of the van. Only one line of primer is needed and only on the Van wall. Multiple lines and or Primer on the glass is unnecessary and ultimately just a waste of product. After you have painted your primer line around your cut hole allow primer to dry for about 10 minutes.
When using Automotive Urethane, a regular everyday caulking gun will not work. We recommend no less than a 12:1 Thrust Ratio (Commercial/Professional Grade) or above. We offer a 26:1 Ratio Gun in our Tools and Supplies Section.
If you order the urethane from us the tip will have an embossed cutline on the tip showing a cut across the tip as well as a v-notch this will be where you will want to cut the tip for your perfect sized urethane bead. When applying the urethane to the van the V will trail your application patch, so you end up with a pyramid looking bead.
We recommend starting a few inches down from the top rear corner of the window that way you can avoid having a joint from one tube to the next on the top or front of the window. If it happens it is not going to be a catastrophe just if it can be done where the top and front is one continues bead that reduces the risk of a leak. With larger window (Most side OEM fit window) will require a second tube of urethane when one bead end start the next about a 1/2″ into the already applied bead (smooth together with plastic putty knife/wood stick, flat screwdriver, etc…) Spraying a liberal amount of glass cleaner onto the tool will help keep the urethane from sticking to the tool and clumping.
**TIP – When applying urethane bead consistency is key to a great install thicker and thinner spots can lead to leakage.
INSTALLING WINDOW TO URETHANE:
Having two people for window placement is always nice one holds the front bottom corner the other the rear bottom corner. OEM fit windows will have about a 1/4″ gap from body line to glass get bottom edge lined up holding glass back away from wall on top at a slight angle / once you have your gap lined up at bottom and your front and rear edges are lined up where you want tilt window up and press into urethane you do not need to push too hard as the urethane has a very strong adhesion and will grab on to window quickly. Keep a hand pressing on window to keep position if all good, open hand smack the glass down following the patch of your urethane bead. Goal on modern vans with insert areas for windows will be to get the glass even with the outer body of Van the body above and below the window section so it is a fluid transition from sheet metal to glass to sheet metal again.
Once the window is in the desired location using Window securing tape, tape each corner with 3-4 strips to keep glass in place. If you plan on driving van within the first 24hrs you can also tape the edge all around to keep urethane bead clean from contaminants while traveling.