Seitz Factory, Krautheim, Germany 6-13
On the road and looking for a good place for the night, the modern gas stations and truck stops in Germany are often ideal. They have clean restrooms but it will cost you a Euro to use them. If it’s a big truck stop, parking areas are large and easily accommodate small motorhomes like ours. We found a comfortable spot in the back of a gas station. In less than 10 min. we were sitting outside and the chicken was cooking on the BBQ.
The next day we arrived at the small town of Krautheim. This is the home of the Seitz Window Company. We were one of the first campers in United States to use these popular windows, chosen because of their many features. First and most importantly, they are dual pane with no metal cold-sink to the outside. They also have built-in roll-up/roll-down privacy shades and built-in mosquito screens. Our own windows, having been installed over 10 years ago on The Turtle V, needed some minor repairs, and what better place than at the factory.
Several years after we had installed our original windows in 2001, Dometic purchased the Seitz Company. Dometic has been an important product sponsor on our vehicles and RVs for many years, including refrigerators, awnings, stabilizers and now Seitz Windows. The simple fix for our aging windows was to replace the frames on the inside and readjust the security blinds and the mosquito screens. Although the factory does not normally do repairs, they were kind enough to arrange for a technician to do the work and they were able to put an overnight rush job on our new frames to have them painted to match our existing trim. We found a very comfortable campsite on a hill overlooking the village.
The dual-pane Seitz Windows are becoming more and more popular in the United States as RV manufacturers and customers learn of their features. They have been standard on European motorhomes for many years. After an interesting tour of the Seitz/Dometic factory, we headed for Switzerland.