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Old 01-02-2014, 05:30 PM   #15
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I am having trouble with my front passenger side windshield leaking. Just checked it and it is really bad. I wanted to know just
Hi Bobpie, I did not forget you but just plain damn busy.
Here is a drawing I made up of the windshield problem. all it takes is a little work and sealant to fix. the other problem may be more serious and that is the roof/gutter joint. I thought my problem was from the windshield but found the water was accumulating in the framework from the back to the front. There is a small drain hole at the front and rear of the gutter. it is used to hopefully - drain water from the inside frame. it gets clogged and allows the water to build up in the frame sometimes making it appear as though it is the windshield. It really shows up if you put the brakes on and get a big splash of water dripping from the front of the MH>

take a look at the pics and see if you have this problem with the windshield sealant.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:00 PM   #16
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We had a leak on our Journey and took it to a local glass shop in Elkhart, IN, they told us about the rust and that we needed to go over to the local RV repair shop in town to have them look at it to repair the rust. Being from the RV capitol of the world and seeing some of the work, we elected to drive right to the Winnebago Factory. Needless to say,they said no problem they could fix without all the fiberglass repair (as there was no fiberglass up there to repair) but there was the chance of the windshield breaking. With that, we expected them to break it..which they did. We had it fixed (suppose to) and upon our return home, parked it in the barn. Last month we decided to leave for FL for winter and after staying in TN for 2 weeks with rain everyday, we found out the leak was still there. We also had Winnebago put a shim in the sat. dish and low and behold with all the rain in TN it now leaked. A serious leak.....called Winnebago and was told to go to a Winnebago Dealer and have them call Winnebago. Monday, December 23 we show up at Camping World in Dothan, AL only to find out Winnebago is closed for the holidays. Hearing bad things about Camping World we were now in a real rut. But due to the roof leak being so bad, so had no choice but to have them look at it as Winnebago was closed. Come to find out the tech at Winnebago broke the seal on the dish mount and never bothered to seal it up. So with no way to get ahold of Winnebago we had to make a costly decision. We ended up with a new mini dome and we were lucky to get an older gentleman that took pride in his work and told us he sealed it real good and we should not have any problems. Monday I will be on the phone to Winnebago to tell them what I think about the whole ordeal and see if they will refund us some of the money we had to spend to get the leaking roof fixed. Never had them do anything with the windshield and we were not going to pay for another new windshield. Now my QUESTION IS: (since I vented already) how do you get the stain from the water leak off my inside roof. It looks like crap all brown.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:41 AM   #17
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:47 AM   #18
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The water leaks in when it is raining or the snow melts, The unit is parked and tilted front side up higher then the rear so any water drains to the rear of the coach. I will go and check it today as the snow is melting. By the way I did go on the roof and clear off all accumulated snow the other day. Still no call back from glass company yet. OH MY.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:50 AM   #19
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hopefully he will call me back on Mon. as he has promised.
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Leaking windshield

Hope your luck is better than mine. I had the same problem and the frame around the windshield was rotted out. Cost me $6500 to get repaired. I just bought the unit (1999Chieftain) "SOLD AS IS" and had no recourse...Good luck
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Hope your luck is better than mine. I had the same problem and the frame around the windshield was rotted out. Cost me $6500 to get repaired. I just bought the unit (1999Chieftain) "SOLD AS IS" and had no recourse...Good luck
Is your Chieftain a DP? Wow ! that's a lot of money for a repair. We have a 99 chieftain that had a substantial leak too. Guess we were lucky to find the area of rot before it got to bad. See the previous post in this thread for our findings.

I just can not understand how a manufacturer would not stand behind a major design flaw. Like this is obvious to everyone - that the design is flawed. Where IS THE NTSB ? if this was a car or van that had substantial weaking of a windshield frame and frame support the owners would have a class action lawsuit. too bad you didn't check in here first before purchase.

I am sure you really like your MH now. I really wanted this particular model and year but first looked in here and elsewhere to get knowledge and hear the experience of others. Then I looked all over the country and visited at least 4 dealers to inspect the MH's. Several were just junk with delamination, broken items, rodent infestations etc., I finally found the right one in SC. Still I missed a few items like the leaks in the windshild and the leak in the roof edge to the gutter seam.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:27 PM   #22
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Well now, no luck with the glass company calling me back. I called my insurance company for information about a repair company to fix my RV, and lo and behold, they hooked me up and the repair should take place in about a week as the part is ordered and the claim is in process. Lets pray for a great outcome. .
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Our Sightseer has no signs of leakage. Is the leaking problem model specific or is there a particular hidden area that needs to be checked?
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #24
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Our Sightseer has no signs of leakage. Is the leaking problem model specific or is there a particular hidden area that needs to be checked?

Pepper, take the time to read my previous post in this thead to answer your question. ANd yes - your model is the same as my cousin and there is a problem with his too. fix it now or rust it later
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Our Sightseer has no signs of leakage. Is the leaking problem model specific or is there a particular hidden area that needs to be checked?
A basic rule that you might want to consider is any Winnebago from 1999-2009 model years that have a two-piece windshield. If it's got the center reveal molding running from top to bottom, at some point it's going to be a Winnebago gotcha! That's not to say that earlier models, later models are immune, and of course, it's not that every motorhome will develop the problem.
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just what R U saying, all 2 piece windshields have a divider strip in the middle. yours included.
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Rubber has a limited lifespan. Windshield and window gaskets dry out, shrink, crack, and rot due to sun, heat, UV rays, road salt and detergents. Many sealants also get dry, crack, brittle and separate from glass, fiberglass, metal and other surfaces. That is why rubber products and sealants are on vehicle checklists.
Sometimes they need replacement.
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just what R U saying, all 2 piece windshields have a divider strip in the middle. yours included.
Yes, Winnebago uses a molding called reveal molding all the way around the entire windshields, and one down the center. The molding around the perimeter is not one piece; it takes four separate pieces and then one down the middle/center. These moldings are not at all like the molding used in a passenger vehicle. The reveal molding is mostly for show and doesn't seal to keep water out, hence the long-term problem. Water gets under the molding but not all of that water gets out, rusting the windshield frame. Once that frame gets perforated, water comes in... from the top molding, when that happens, is when you see water dripping down the inside of the glass or dripping right on to the dash.

While the post above states that all rubber wears out, that isn't the real problem here, so simply replacing the reveal molding every couple of years will not solve the problem. It's the design that Winnebago used for about 10-model years that is the true culprit, allowing water to get trapped behind the molding. Anyone who tells you anything different hasn't been to the glass repair shop, hasn't shelled out a few thousand to make the repair. And I would say that rubber windshield molding doesn't 'go bad' in as little as 4 years. How many people here have a passenger vehicle that is 10, or 12, or 15 years old, and ever replaced the rubber seal around their windshield? I've got a 11 year-old Chevrolet that sits out in the sun and weather 365 days a year... all original rubber moldings around every window... no rust, no leaks. With a proper design, it just doesn't happen unless maybe you live in the snow-and-salt belt.

Lastly, that same post mentions that sealants dry out. Winnebago uses a special sealant for the windshield that drys hard as a rock within 24-48 hours, by design. It doesn't stay pliable, by design; the sealant is what actually holds the glass into the windshield frame, not the rubber molding as used in passenger vehicles, so the sealant doesn't 'go bad' because it dried out. -RT
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