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All About Bunk Windows

Getting good sleep requires ventilation in the sleeping area of your van. Because most van beds run along or across the rear of campervans, windows installed in that section are called "bunk" windows. To stay cool and breathe at night, you definitely want good ones!

Installed on each side of the van, bunk windows offer nice cross-ventilation, either across your bed if it runs along the wall - OR - over the head and foot of the bed if you installed flares for extra sleeping space. Either way, you gotta have airflow over your bed.

Read on to find your new favorite from our selection of “universal-fit” bunk windows, meaning they aren’t designed for a particular van model or mounting position.

Arctic Tern Dual-Pane Acrylic Windows

The 300x700mm Arctic Tern van window offers the best ventilation for the bunk window size since the whole window pane swings out and clicks open at 10 and 35 degree angles. Plus the semi-locked position allows air flow during stormy conditions and even while driving!

Like all Arctic Tern windows, these awning-style, top-hinged, dual-pane acrylic windows are built to last with sturdy extruded aluminum frames.

The best part of Arctic Tern windows is the sophisticated screen/blind assembly which we think is simply amazing. You can slide down the fine-mesh insect screen, or you can slide up the blackout and privacy blind. Or lock them together and slide into any combination of privacy and air. Check out this demo video to see for yourself. You’ve never felt so comfortable in a van before trying these windows.

The blind also creates a second dead air space for maximum thermal efficiency in cold or hot conditions. Check out our analysis of Arctic Tern windows to find out all about these awesome windows.

Pros:

  • Awning style provides maximum airflow
  • Blind/screen assembly adds huge value for privacy, insulation, efficiency and flexibility
  • Blind also removes need to purchase insulating panels
  • Double pane makes all the difference for staying cool in summer / warm in winter
  • High quality, durable, well-made windows from a great company
  • Available and ships quickly.

Cons:

  • Higher cost upfront (unless you include the cost of window covers).

  Arctic Tern 300 x 700mm bunk window with built-in blind/screen

AM Auto Single-Pane Glass Windows

AMA offers two styles of dark-tinted glue-in bunk windows.

UBW-LV-HSS-P / UBW-RV-HSS-P - These popular 9.4” high x 30.7” long (240x780mm) half-slider windows have removable screens, and can be open while stationary or while driving. Model “LV” goes on the driver side, and model “RV” on the passenger side.

UBW-L4015-HSS-6300 P/UBW-R4015-HSS-6300 P - These popular 15” high x 40” long (381x1016mm) half-slider windows have removable screens, and can be open while stationary or while driving. Also side-specific, the “L” model goes on the driver side, and the “R” goes on the passenger side.

Pros:

  • Lower cost upfront (not counting cost of window covers)
  • Sleek OEM look
  • Larger size for 15" x 40" model
  • Usually available to ship soon

Cons:

  • Glass is breakable
  • Less ventilation because they only open half window length
  • Slider windows must be closed during rainy weather
  • Single-pane glass is suitable for moderate temperatures, not great for 4-season use
  • Requires purchase of separate panels or curtains for privacy and insulation.

CR Laurence Single-Pane Glass Windows

 CRL offers two styles of dark-tinted clamp-in bunk windows that come with their own weather stripping, no sealant needed.

VW1033L/VW1033R - These popular 10” high x 33” long half-slider windows have removable screens, and can be open while stationary or while driving. Model “L” goes on the driver side, and “R” on the passenger side.

AW1033 - The AW1033 is a 10” high x 33” long screened awning-style, top-hinged window. The whole window pane opens outwards at the bottom several inches to about a 15-20 degree angle, so you can have them open even in the rain.

Pros:

  • Lower cost upfront (not counting cost of window covers)

Cons:

  • Not as durable
  • Glass is breakable
  • Less ventilation for slider windows which only open half window length
  • Slider windows must be closed during rainy weather
  • Single-pane glass is suitable for moderate temperatures, not great for 4-season use
  • Requires purchase of separate panels or curtains for privacy and insulation
  • Can take several weeks/months to ship.
 

Summary

So there you have it. For your van sleeping area, only you can decide what's important:

Do you want to pay a little more upfront for high-quality windows with excellent thermal insulation and privacy blinds AND which will ship soon?

Then these Arctic Tern beauties are the windows for you!

Or do you have a flexible build schedule, a tight budget, and don't require the best insulation or airflow?

Then narrow your search further by checking out these AMA 9.4" x 30.7" L/R or the 15" x 40 L/R slider windows, AND then these CRL VW1033L/R half-sliders or the AW1033 awning window.

We have something for every van lifer’s dream!


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