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Campervan Style Hinged Windows Fitting Guide

Cheshire Vehicle Windows

Campervan windows – Installation & Instruction

Ready to fit your own van windows but don’t know where to start? *

Look at our guide below to give you some more information.

If you don’t feel confident to fit your own windows, we would highly recommend a professional to fit it for you. Did you know that we can also fit your windows in Winsford, Cheshire?

If it is your first time fitting a van window expect it to take around 3 hours to ensure you do the best job. You want this window fit to be right so don’t feel rushed whilst you are doing it.

When choosing the installation location consider the following:

·         Sufficient space needs to be available for installing the inner and outer frames.

·         Only install these windows on the flat panels of the van.

·         Ensure that where you want the cut out that adjoining components will not get damaged when cutting the hole.

Also please ensure that if you are fitting your own van windows that you consider all health and safety measures. For instance, you probably need eyewear, gloves, and ear protection.

Step by Step guide


1.       Before you start ensuring that the window you have fits your vehicle. Check whether the window size matches the window that you desire. Suitable wall thickness is 25-30mm. For wall thicknesses under 25mm spacer strips must be used to get the required thickness to the panel.


2.       Prepare your window, van, and workspace. Get all your tools and materials organized nearby ready for you to start. If you are worried about damaging your paintwork, use some thick plastic below the window to protect it. Clean the wall section of the installation area.


3.       Create guidelines. Mark out the cutout size on your van as the guideline for you to follow.


4.       Mark Cutting lines. On the outside vehicle join the corner holes with a straight edge, this is your cut line.


5.       Cut the Panel. Before you start cutting the panel place a suction pad on the panel being removed. The pad is positioned here to ensure that when the panel to ensure that the panel doesn’t fall and damage your van. Start by drilling out the corners (6-8mm). Then using your jigsaw follow your cutting lines to remove the panel from the van.


6.       Smooth the edges. Following the line of the internal skin use a jigsaw you can remove any excess metal and ensure each side is straight.  Then smooth the edges with something like a scotch brite pad.


7.       Final preparations of the edge. There are some additional things you can do when preparing the edges include: rust proofing the cut edge with a suitable rust inhibitor, re-bond the metal skins closer together & reduce the gap between the two metal skins.


8.       Installation hole. Ensure that the window size now matches the installation hole that has been created.


9.       Apply Bonding Adhesive. When you have confirmed the window fits the installation hole apply the bonding adhesive evenly to the window frame.


10. Window Installation. The window is then aligned with the installation hole and then pushed flat against the installation hole. To install the window to the vehicle, use cross groove pan head self-tapping screws provided via the installation clips from the inside. Tighten all screws. Another person should push from the outside until all screws are fixed.


11. Blind Installation. Pull the two ends of the white ribbon to take out the PVC strip from the plastic frame. Install the blinds to the vehicle with cross groove counter-sunk head self-tapping screw provided via the installation groove. Rotation shafts at the four corners is to adjust the tightness during the opening/closing of the blinds. If necessary, you can adjust it to suit your requirements.


12. Final touches. After the installation cover up the installation groove back by the PVC strip. When happy the protective film can be removed from the windows.


We hope that this guide helps you fit your windows. But if you do feel you need some more help, please just let us know.


*We do still advise that you always seek professional assistance when you are fitting your van windows. We do not accept any responsibility for damage caused following the tips or guidance in this post.



**If we have provided the Winbond bonding kit for your application please read through the bonding process provided before starting your window fit.

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