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Anyone put bigger windows in their "sleeper"


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We are moving from a Class A to a huge 5er. I really love the MDT's due to the crew cab and viability. But reality is they are not going to perform. We have 3 children who are the driving factor in our travel plans. We are trying to show them the country, and allow them to put their hands on our history. Being stuffed in the back of the Class 8 does not seem like it would offer them the views and experience.

If we rebuilt the sleeper to seat them. What would it take to put in larger lower windows so they may be able to see the sights while moving around?

 

Thank you for your time.

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A number of our members have done this. I bought my toter with big tinted windows already installed and they are a big improvement for the kids. Just make sure you also add shades or curtains for those "bright sunny" traveling days--even with the tinting it can get HOT. You might want to check the Resource Guide for info on these. I know that there were some previous threads as well, but I can't find them.

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For sure it can be done. You may have to reinforce the window area, depending on where you put them and how large. There are braces/stiffeners on the sides of most trucks and if you cut them out you have to replace the functionality. Not all that hard to do, but something to be aware of.

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I have this same task on my list; just haven't gotten to it yet

 

here a link to an article about it in the resource guide: http://www.hhrvresource.com/node/186

more details from the source: http://rjnatter.tripod.com/id2.html

 

looks very doable and pretty straightforward

 

I did look at a couple hdt's where people had added sleeper windows; they all looked good and didn't have signs of leaks or issues.

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We are moving from a Class A to a huge 5er. I really love the MDT's due to the crew cab and viability. But reality is they are not going to perform. We have 3 children who are the driving factor in our travel plans. We are trying to show them the country, and allow them to put their hands on our history. Being stuffed in the back of the Class 8 does not seem like it would offer them the views and experience.

If we rebuilt the sleeper to seat them. What would it take to put in larger lower windows so they may be able to see the sights while moving around?

 

Thank you for your time.

 

You might want to take a look at a Freightliner M2-112 crew cab truck. They use a Detroit DD-13 engine with 450 HP and 1650 lb-ft of torque. It will pull ANYTHING you want to put behind it. They can be equipped with air brakes, air ride cab, air ride seats and can be had in a manual tranny if desired (mine has an Allison 4000 auto). They will come with a backseat setup for 3 people and can be had with a single rear axle or with tandems. Mine is a class 7 that will fit in a 10x10 garage door.

 

That engine is the same one you get in a full size, class 8 Freightliner Cascadia.

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I put Fliner sleeper windows in my 610, turned them 90 degrees. Used them because 1) they were cheap, and 2) they have a nice interior finish panel with them. Check inside bracing to see what fits easily between to avoid major surgery. .

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You might want to take a look at a Freightliner M2-112 crew cab truck. They use a Detroit DD-13 engine with 450 HP and 1650 lb-ft of torque. It will pull ANYTHING you want to put behind it. They can be equipped with air brakes, air ride cab, air ride seats and can be had in a manual tranny if desired (mine has an Allison 4000 auto). They will come with a backseat setup for 3 people and can be had with a single rear axle or with tandems. Mine is a class 7 that will fit in a 10x10 garage door.

 

That engine is the same one you get in a full size, class 8 Freightliner Cascadia.

We have looked at the 112. Problem being two fold. The 4 doors are hard to find. When you find them they are quite pricey. We don't have a large purchase budget. But I am a wrench Turner and can transform anything. Willing to buy a cheaper truck. Single it myself build a bed and customize the sleeper. Sounds easier then finding a 112, then finding a crew cab body. And swapping everything out including electronics.

 

I would prefer a manual. But could learn to put up with a 3 or 2 petal auto.

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