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Can anyone recommend a window installer in the Seattle area?

I need to install 3 CRL windows and a roof fan. Tried Google and did not come up with anything.

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Can anyone recommend a window installer in the Seattle area?

I need to install 3 CRL windows and a roof fan. Tried Google and did not come up with anything.

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Ron
Have you already purchased the windows? In your own state is Motion Window where I bought two sliders with intentions of self-installing. Eventually decided Motion Window's charge of $125 per window to install was too good to pass up. Somewhere I've posted a picture of the final result but here is what I posted when the windows first arrived.

C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. Windows

All in all the windows plus installation cost half what Van Specialties would have cost, going by what their website shows.

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Have not ordered yet.
Looked at Motion and they only list the old style standard van windows. CRL makes the all glass look windows (basically the factory look for any of the new vans). Transit specific windows are supposed to be ready this summer but it looks like I can get what I want with a combination of an all glass ProMaster window and an all glass Nissan NV window. I have counters / cabinets along both walls and would prefer shorter windows that do not extend below the counters. A full size Transit window would be almost 50% blocked at the bottom.

I'll give Motion a call today.

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Have not ordered yet.
Looked at Motion and they only list the old style standard van windows. CRL makes the all glass look windows (basically the factory look for any of the new vans). Transit specific windows are supposed to be ready this summer but it looks like I can get what I want with a combination of an all glass ProMaster window and an all glass Nissan NV window. I have counters / cabinets along both walls and would prefer shorter windows that do not extend below the counters. A full size Transit window would be almost 50% blocked at the bottom.

I'll give Motion a call today.

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To me, slider windows, i.e. windows that open, of paramount importance. I can see that for those who don't want them, they would not be your huckleberry.

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Called Motion Windows. They only do the standard "van" style windows that they make. I am trying to get "all glass' look windows to match the factory glass in the slider.

I talked to another installer and here is the story. He (and most other installers) will only install glass made for the vehicle. So that is either the older "conversion van" style window or an all glass window specifically made for your vehicle. Since I have cabinets / counters on both sides I wanted to use short windows that end at the top of the cabinet. This lets me insulate, have less glass, less weight and less sunlight / heat getting into the van.

Since no all glass windows are available for the Transit I found that a ProVan (forward) and a Nissan NV (towards the rear) would give me the look I want. I had already done this on a Sprinter and it worked pretty well. The ProVan / Nissan combo do not really match the cutout but they are close enough but...

It is a custom cutout (you can't just cut along the inside frame of your van, it is a custom alignment (the top edge of the window does not necessary line up to the top end of the cutout / inner frame so you need to tweak to line up the glass with the window recess) and the curvature could be a little off (you may / probably will need to use window sealant in addition to the gasket that comes with the window).

I get it, lot's of extra work with a good chance of an expensive mistake. I still like the look and concept so may do it myself as soon as the weather improves. I'll keep looking for someone to do it while it is cold and wet.
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If I read you correctly you are a braver man than I. From the sound of it, to achieve what you are after would mean cutting through one of the major pillars. The factory versions must do it for the all glass look but it gives me the vapors just thinking about the can of worms is would be to do myself.

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All the windows are within the factory defined window cutouts. To get the factory or aftermarket all glass look the window glass is extended past the window mounting flange. The outside window glass is much larger than the actual cutout. The trick to using glass from a different vehicle is to accurately cut the window cutout that is in a different location than the normal cutout for the Transit. It worked nicely when I did this on a Sprinter. I'm still trying to decide how important the cleaner all glass look is compared to a simple set of conversion van windows.

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I am in Seattle as well and found that Van Specialties in the Portland area was the nearest place that knew exactly what we wanted done. There is no need to order the glass from Motion Windows as Van Specialties has all of their stuff in stock all the time. We had t-slide windows installed in the sliding doors (we have dual sliders on our 2017 Transit), as well as the smaller rectangular sliding windows install in both rear quarters. It was an excellent experience all around.
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