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Old 15-06-2012, 08:10
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Question Fitting Double Glazing to an older caravan - Survey first?

As you know, I have a 1996 ABI Montrose, we would like to have DG fitted to her, but as she is an older caravan, I am wondering if it is the norm for any Double Glazing Company to conduct a structural survey on my caravan before starting any work on her?
I'm concerned that measurements would be taken then windows/doors made, once fitting begins, it's discovered the body of the caravan is not in a good enough condition to take them without having to do more extensive 'body repairs' first, thus adding to the cost quoted.
So, is a structural survey done first?
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Old 15-06-2012, 09:19
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Hi Anj, mu Mum's old caravan is a 1997 Atlas and she had double glazing fitted. They checked the woodwork or the frame and then the inner boarding just to make sure all was sound. You can check yourself the boards and window frame for signs of water damage. The glazing went straight in and hasn't caused any issues regarding weight bowing the exterior skin as the units used had a clip system with a bead of sealent. Works really well and is ever so warm, the condenstation has dropped by around 80%.

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Have you had any quotes already Ang? Its something I'm seriously considering and was just wondering what kind of figure I'd be looking at to get it done xx
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Have you had any quotes already Ang? Its something I'm seriously considering and was just wondering what kind of figure I'd be looking at to get it done xx
My Mum paid around 1500, we got quoted around 1700 for our van-that was 8 windows and 2 doors. Not cheap.

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My Mum paid around 1500, we got quoted around 1700 for our van-that was 8 windows and 2 doors. Not cheap.

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Thanks Si. Hmmm it may be a job I need to save up for then lol

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After reading Judiths post yesterday...it would seem that you have to ask your site if you can have DG fitted,and also who you can have to fit it.
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I'm ok - I'll ask out of courtesy but the couple that own the site aren't bothered - as long as you are doing something that benefits the site we pretty much have free reign. The site is the better for it as everyone wants their van to look nice.

I f I said I wanted to paint my van bright blue - they might have something to say about it but other than that they're easy going.

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In 17 years of doing this job on caravans up to 40 years on age
I've only 4 times had to reframe the caravan
Can't see anyone coming out just to look at the frame work as they would have to pull trims off or even take window out,
Also Angela in was told that the site your on wants 20% + vat commission
So if I quoted you 2000 it would now be 2480
This is happening in alot of sites now
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In 17 years of doing this job on caravans up to 40 years on age
I've only 4 times had to reframe the caravan
Can't see anyone coming out just to look at the frame work as they would have to pull trims off or even take window out,
Also Angela in was told that the site your on wants 20% + vat commission
So if I quoted you 2000 it would now be 2480
This is happening in alot of sites now
Thanks for that cwm, I got straight on the phone to clarify that, they said I can either use their recommended dg company (who has to pay the site commission) or I can employ my own company, and no commission would be payable in that case
Good news
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As Caravanwindowman has stated, it is rare to need structural repairs as you would of know before hand you had a problem. If they do need something doing when having windows fitted then it is not too much of a problem.
If using proper caravan windows as Darren fits then its not a problem anyway as they form part of the caravan structure, unlike domestic double glazing fitted to caravans that put excess pressure and weight onto the frame.
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