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I recently installed one of CR Laurence's Promaster specific aftermarket windows and thought I would share how it went.

I ordered my window from a local distributor and paid more than $500. Expensive, yes, but I was expecting a quality product.

I received my window quickly. This window comes with no instructions or paperwork. Just a window in a box with some screws. I called CR Laurence to ask if this was correct, which it is, and then how I should install. The very helpful tech guy told me to simply cut a hole along the factory stamped framing, insert the window, and use the clamping ring with screws to attach it. Easy, I thought.

I removed the window from the box and pretty quickly noticed that it had two defects--a couple of tweaks in the aluminum frame near the knobs that open the vents and the glass was not adhered properly to the aluminum hinge piece on one of the vents. Called CR Laurence again, sent them pictures and they quickly set up a return authorization for me with my distributor.

After I got the replacement window, I decided I would go through the trouble of checking the fit of the window before cutting a giant hole in my precious van. I am SO glad I did this and did not trust the word of CR Laurence. The window would not have been a proper fit in my factory stamped frame. I think there might be pretty loose tolerances with how these wall frames come together. I noticed this when I made some interior panels before this window project. These photos show the fit at the 4 corners of the window in comparison to the frame. The top two corners would have been about 1/2" off had I followed the instructions from CRL.

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Marking the lines to cut out for the window was a painfully slow process of trial and error and double and triple checking. In the end, I used rulers and a compass as well as the clamp ring to figure out my line on the inside of the van. Then I transferred this line to the outside of the van by drilling four small holes at the center of the radius corners. I used the compass on the outside of the van to mark my radii and then the ruler to connect the tangents.

Then, I took a very deep breath and cut out the panel with my jigsaw fitted with fine metal blade. Cutting was very easy going. I taped the panel to the van as I went so that it didn't bind my blade or vibrate too much.

I was surprised at how perfect a fit I achieved. I was expecting worse with all of the transferring of lines, etc. The was a serious, serious relief.

I painted primer on my cut edges and installed the window with the clamping ring. I had to pre-drill for the clamp ring screws which took me a few minutes to realize since it appears that the aluminum frame is made for not pre-drilling.

The window is a good fit from the outside and seems to work well. No leaking from a hose test. Vents operate well, though don't close perfectly flush to each other. I can live with that. The CR Laurence placed their decal crooked on the window, so that will be coming off.

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Leo,

Just dropped you a note with a question. You are doing much of what I plan, but you're one step ahead of me!

I chickened out on the window, and I plan to have the dealer put in the OEM Mopar window that's the same as the sliding door glass. I hope their shop does a good job on the details, they assure me that their guys are good!

I wanted to add a roof vent, but my clearance to our carport where i want to park it is only about 4 - 5 ". Plan B is to design a louvered vent to put in place in the metal are over the back door window glass, then set up a fan inside. Looks like it will work well if i can find the right vent louver for the outside (and paint it factory color). My PM is graphite, so I figure a vent located high and in the back will help cool it by pulling hot air along the roof.

NICE JOB on the window!

Ed
 

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Great job, Leo.

Will probably get one, looks great. But I won't have the guts to do it myself, like you did. You are my hero of the day!
 

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...I plan to have the dealer put in the OEM Mopar window that's the same as the sliding door glass. ...
Did you get a price on the glass? My local dealer quoted about $450. Wondering if CR Laurence might be less for fixed glass.
I also inquired at another dealer that had a van I might be interested in to see if glass and install might be covered by the upfitter allowance.
 

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Did you get a price on the glass? My local dealer quoted about $450. Wondering if CR Laurence might be less for fixed glass.
I also inquired at another dealer that had a van I might be interested in to see if glass and install might be covered by the upfitter allowance.
A little over $400

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I wanted to add a roof vent, but my clearance to our carport where i want to park it is only about 4 - 5 ".

Ed


I added a low profile Fantastic Vent to my Chevy Van Conversion back in 2006.
I think the vent was only 1" or so high.
Check with Fantastic Vent to see if they still make the low profile Fantastic Vent!
 

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I recently had the CR Laurence Promaster window with the vents added to my side sliding door. The local glass shop did the install and did a very nice job. One thing that surprised me is that the passenger slider window really only has a single vent, the forward one is a dummy and doesn't open. The sprinter version also appears to be the same. Perhaps the front vent doesn't open to keep someone to reaching through it and opening the door with the inside handle. Also as Leo noted on his the vent glass doesn't sit up perfectly flush when closed, and the CR Laurence decal is ever so slightly crooked. Overall very happing with the install and window.
 

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Nicely done Leo.

Not to sidetrack the thread but what rear seat did you use and how difficult was it to install?
 

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My CR Lawrence windows just arrived on a palate today and I was reviewing your post for some hints on how to get these guys installed. Thanks for the detailed pictures. Did you add any silicone or additional adhesive to the non transparent section circled in red on this picture?

I thought about this because I also ordered the rear door windows and they don't have an internal clasp retaining ring. I assume I need to glue the windows to the door? Does anyone know what I should use? Will regular silicone suffice?
 

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Window urethane adhesive from a automotive supply shop.(for doing windshields)
Silicone would work but is a dust collector .
I do not understand the picture?
 

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Okay thanks. I'll use that. The picture is attempting to show there is a large section of opaque surface that sandwiches up against the side of the van in between the glass and sheet metal that could be used to adhere the window to the vehicle.
 

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Where did you all find was the best place to order the side windows (a pair for a 159). I got two quotes so far and the best was from DK Hardware supply in FL. Any others I should consider?
 

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Where did you all find was the best place to order the side windows (a pair for a 159). I got two quotes so far and the best was from DK Hardware supply in FL. Any others I should consider?
Best price is www.trucknvans.com. This is where I purchased. No tax or shipping charge.

Also, you do not use silicone or any other adhesive on these windows as the glass does not press up against the van. The trim that comes with the window goes on the inside and screws into the window, sandwiching the van skin.

See attached photos for how I did it. I used the trim piece to trace the hole and cut with a jigsaw.
 

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I just ordered a window for my 136 (still hasn't arrived) from Motion Windows--they offer windows made specifically for the PM I ordered the functional window for the passenger sliding door...cheaper than the all glass look window from cr laurence but more than their universal non contour windows It will be a bit of a wait, but the window looks really nice.
 

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ST111, what is your wait time from MW? I ordered 4 windows from them yesterday and I got a wait time of 2 months.

I asked for the largest windows that would fit my 136 HR. When we visited their plant last fall, they gave me hardboard templates. Thank Goodness they did. The size they gave me absolutely would not have fit. I had to shave 1.5" width off the back windows and 1/4" off the height of all of them.

I think the paste-on windows that fill the exterior window area look a lot better, but we wanted more ventilation area, so we got the curved T style.
 

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I ordered a pair of CRL t vent windows from DK in FL. Good discount, though still expensive, and they will be here in a week.
 

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how to install a alarm

the back doors don't open with the front doors only the driver and passenger doors open not the back? But they all close ?
 
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