Seitz Factory, Krautheim, Germany 6-13

July 16, 2013

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.

Modern German gas stations and truck stops are often ideal for overnight stops.

Modern German gas stations and truck stops are often ideal for overnight stops.

Our little Weber “Go Anywhere” grill is turning out to be a good travel companion.

Our little Weber “Go Anywhere” grill is turning out to be a good travel companion.

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.

The small town of Krautheim is the home of the Seitz/Dometic Window Company.

The small town of Krautheim is the home of the Seitz/Dometic Window Company.

Typical of many German towns, there is a castle guarding the surrounding countryside.

Typical of many German towns, there is a castle guarding the surrounding countryside.

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Waiting overnight for the frames to be painted, we found a very comfortable campsite on a hill overlooking the village.

Waiting overnight for the frames to be painted, we found a very comfortable campsite on a hill overlooking the village.

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Seitz arranged for a technician to install our new widow frames.

Seitz arranged for a technician to install our new widow frames.

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After over 10 years of backload travel, surprises hiding inside the gap between the frame and the external window would require a botanist and etymologist to identify.

After over 10 years of backroad travel, surprises hiding inside the gap between the frame and the external window would require a botanist and etymologist to identify.

Seitz/Dometic Window Company any employs over 400 people. They make hundreds of different size windows, doors and sunroofs for motor homes and cars.

The Seitz/Dometic Company employs over 400 people. They make hundreds of different size windows, doors and sunroofs for motor homes and cars.

The Dometic Company has been an important product sponsor of The Turtle Expedition for many years.

The Dometic Company has been an important product sponsor of The Turtle Expedition for many years.

 

 

 

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