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Very impressive piece of engineering to address a complex problem.  Do you have plans to produce these for sale to other OTT LEII owners?  I am interested.

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North Texas | 2022 LEII, Hull #990, delivered 2/17/22 | 2014 BMW X5 35d

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Very nice!  I’ve been considering something similar.  Boats often have rain guards above porthole windows but I haven’t found any long enough for the Ollie windows except for the Ollie bathroom window.  So now I’m looking at re-purposing automotive sunroof wind deflectors to use as window rain guards on the Ollie, if I can find ones long enough for the Ollie windows. 

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2019 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull #461

Tow Vehicle: 2019 Ford F-250 SuperCab 4x4, 6.2L Flex-Fuel engine  

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Very nice, are they permanently installed?  How much do they weigh?  🙂  (edit: guess I should have read the intro, I see they can be removed.  I jumped right to the video after seeing the picture and didn't even read the description lol.  Very tasteful and attractive.)

John

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Oliver II #996 "Bessie", 2019 Silverado LTZ 5.3, Veterans

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Great modification!

After buying Ollie,  we missed our previous (SOB) camper's Dometic Seitz type hinged windows that could be open while raining. Always wished Oliver would use this style of window.

Keeping the windows open during the rain is a great benefit.

Nice Job!

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24 minutes ago, rideandfly said:

we missed our previous (SOB) camper's Dometic Seitz type hinged windows that could be open while raining. Always wished Oliver would use this style of window.

The issue may have been that there were no double-pane swing out RV windows at first. Now they are available and and are in use by some of the other fiberglass RV manufacturers. Maybe they'll be included in the re-design of the Elite...? I was trying to figure out some sort of homemade shield to temporarily protect the screens from rain but @Minnesota Oli far outclassed anything I could have come up with. I'd be willing to pay a pretty penny for something like that.

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Stephanie and Dudley from CT.  2022 LE2, Hull #1150: Eggcelsior.

Tow vehicle: 2016 GMC Sierra 6.0 gas dually 4x4.

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3 hours ago, Steph and Dud B said:

Maybe they'll be included in the re-design of the Elite...? I was trying to figure out some sort of homemade shield to temporarily protect the screens from rain but @Minnesota Oli far outclassed anything I could have come up with. I'd be willing to pay a pretty penny for something like that.

Yep, hope it's a consideration in the re-design efforts.

Minnesota Oli did a fine modification, and if made available I would want a set, too.

 

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Nicely done!  We'd be interested in a set, too.  

Have you traveled with them in place, or do you uninstall before hitting the road?

mb

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Boulder, CO

2022 Elite II #953
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34 minutes ago, VBistro said:

Nicely done!  We'd be interested in a set, too.  

Have you traveled with them in place, or do you uninstall before hitting the road?

mb

I intended for them to stay in place. They are removable for window maintenance.

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15 hours ago, Minnesota Oli said:

I intended for them to stay in place. They are removable for window maintenance.

I am concerned about how rigid they are. They are much stronger than the thin walled aluminum window frame. If something should impact an eyebrow, like a falling tree branch or an object thrown up on the highway (a truck tire carcass) it could destroy the frame and perhaps damage the hull’s fiberglass window opening. A plastic one would just flex or explode without transferring all that energy to the Ollie window frame and glass.

Could this design be reproduced in much thinner lexan, while using the same aluminum clamps?

I have actually been through wind storms where large branches came crashing down. I always like to see where the “fuse” in a design is located. I designed in failure (break) points in my mud guard brackets and rear cargo rack mount.  In this case, unfortunately the fuse appears to be the window itself… I am not in line to buy this Beta model. But they sure are pretty. 

John Davies

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"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

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Outstanding mod!  Beautiful workmanship!  Should you go that direction, I too am interested in a set!

The fact that they are super strong leads to two possible ideas for V2. 

  • If the leading and trailing edges were tapered so as to guide obstructions away from the hull that would be even better.  It would tend to reduce the potential for damage to the eyebrow itself.    Would likely require some increase the length to do so. 
  • I  appears that the eyebrow itself is made from very stout aluminum.  It may be possible to reduce the thickness a gauge for weight reduction.  That said, I like that they are stout and as such, lay very straight!  

Amazing Mod!  Thank you for taking the time to post your work.

GJ

 

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Were the brackets "printed"?  What are they made from so as to flex for tightness, yet be strong?  Ingenious solution!

GJ

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18 hours ago, Geronimo John said:

Were the brackets "printed"?  What are they made from so as to flex for tightness, yet be strong?  Ingenious solution!

GJ

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 John

 These are made from 6061 aluminum and have been glass bead blasted to help break all the sharp edges from machining, so it gives it a even texture. The leading edge of the eyebrow does have the radius to help deflect any object that would strike it. It could of been a longer taper but I was limited to sheet stock drop I had on hand. I think they are tucked in close enough that the benefit of having them outweighs the risk. The eyebrow with out the mounts weigh in at about 2-1/2 pounds. But this is just the prototype and there is always a better mouse trap.

Thanks for the complement and I appreciate your comments.

Paul

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Eyebrow For Bathroom Window

Well to finish off this project short of the testing, I had to design a eyebrow for the bathroom window. Since this window frame is mounted vertical it required a different approach. I thought it might interest some of the readers to see some pictures of the machining processes. Also I changed the finish on the mounts for all the eyebrows to a polished finish, I think its a better look.     

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Please sign me up for a set if and when you decide to go public with these, that is a very elegant solution to the problem.

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Currently Denver Based

Elite II Hull #1125 Standard Floorplan / 2017 Ford F250 gas

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