Any updates on finding any replacement windows? We're in the same boat.A little over a year ago, we purchased a little used, very low mileage, mid roof, 148” WB, 2017 Ford Transit 350 XLT passenger van for a very reasonable price. Before pulling the trigger on this van, I had read scores of reviews, test driven and talked with various owners who, on balance, were favorably impressed with the Ford Transit. For the most part, I have been a GM "van man" for a long time, but wanted to move to a more spacious, height accommodating van, which GM still doesn’t offer.
Save for one glaring oversight, we have been very impressed with the vans road ability and limited adaption for camping excursions; however, the oversight that I failed to research before buying it was the lack of any openable windows in this van. It was a passing thought at the time, but I thought surely someone offered direct replacement windows for some of the fixed glass windows in this van. How wrong I was.
After extensive research on line, I cannot find anyone that makes any direct replacement openable windows for the fixed glass windows in these passenger vans. I have contacted Van Windows Direct (VWD), AMA & CRL, and the only consolation I have received, after talking extensively with the cordial VWD folks, is that they are aggressively addressing this need, with promises to offer such windows in the very near future. Regrettably, this doesn’t solve the lack of ventilation (save for the driver and passenger windows) in the van for the near term. And yes, several have recommended cutting a hole in the top of the van and adding a fan, which I’m still reluctant to do.
Ideally, I would like some sort of openable/flip out windows for the most rear right and left quarter windows or both back door windows. I understand that earlier Transit vans had OEM openable windows, but due to breaking plastic parts and poor design, these windows have been discontinued on later vans. I have owned a number of Chevy Express passenger vans, and currently have one, with OEM openable/ flip out windows for the sides and rear windows, all of which have worked reliably for ventilation.
Bottom line question: Does anyone know of ANY manufacturer or distributor that can currently supply openable/flipout windows for direct replacement of fixed windows in Transit Passenger vans? Seems to me someone would offer these options with all the discussion of this issue in this forum and with other owners I have talked with regarding this issue. Anyone’s help or suggestion appreciated.