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Old 08-21-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Windshield Cracking

I and traveling friends both have the same exact Tiffin Open Road (fred) and both have Windshields that have cracked on both the passanger and drivers side in the upper corner. These cracks are not a result of anything hitting the windshield from the outside. The are cracks the can be felt from the inside only. Has anyone else had this problem
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:01 PM   #2
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One candidate might be the window frame being distorted or twisted when the chassis flexes like when you cross a dip or rise at an angle. It can put enough pressure on the windshield to cause it to crack. That's what happened to our Dolphin. It just cracked with a loud pop when I was crossing a gutter at an angle.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Leveling the coach with jacks can also cause cracks and can pop windshield out of rubber casket mounting.
If they may have AUTO Leveling on uneven pad or person can do it manually.
Should read Owners Manual for proper leveling of coach.
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It does happen due to frame/body flexing, but it shouldn't. I've not heard of it happening on a Tiffin before. If it were my Tiffin, I would be talking to Tiffin about the problem.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:44 PM   #5
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Call Tiffin about the problem. I personally know a couple of people that have had to have the windshield on the Allegro or Allegro Bay Fred replaced more than once. On one occasion the coach was sitting in the backyard when cracked. Tiffin is familiar with the problem.
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:51 PM   #6
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I have read posts of a couple of them that had window frame material not installed correctly and I think it was screw heads or some such that caused a stress on the windshield and caused them to break .

I would for sure give TMH a call and discuss it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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I have a 2008 32 BA FRED and my unit had a cracked windshield when we went for the PDI. Yes there is a problem with screws not being removed at the build. If you contact Red Bay they should be able to help.

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:41 PM   #8
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Same thing happened on my 07 Allegro Fred and called Tiffin. They would not help me out.
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Thanks

Thanks to all of your replys. After a long peroid of communication with Tiffin I and my friend both got our Windshields replaced by Tiffin. The problem was 3 screws on both sides of the windshield at the top that should have been removed after the rubber sealnwas glued into place. again thanks for your help. This is a great Forum.
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Ask Tiffin if they want you to extend AND retract the slides BEFORE or AFTER you level. Several manufacturers have had windshield cracking issues due to the chassis twisting during slide activation without proper leveler / jack support.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #11
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Ask Tiffin if they want you to extend AND retract the slides BEFORE or AFTER you level. Several manufacturers have had windshield cracking issues due to the chassis twisting during slide activation without proper leveler / jack support.
Our instructions were jacks down & level before extending the slides. Slides in before going jacks up. I think some of the problems that they have been having is due to sloppy installation on the assembly line. So far on mine, 5 1/2 years, 40,000+ miles I've had one rock nick that I had to have repaired on my windshield. It must have come through on a good day on the line.
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I have the same issue 2007 open road fred, it's very costly $2600 second time insurance will not pay anymore.
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Very fortunate that in Mass. it is 100% replacement on glass. The first time Tiffin replaced it due to finding it at the PDI. The next 3 times was on the insurance dime.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:38 PM   #14
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I just bought a 2008 35QBA FRED and the windshield cracked turning a corner on slightly uneven paved road. To the folks who have replied about the discovery of screws being where they should not be, after these screws were removed, are your windshield still cracking?

I plan on doing a lot of camping in California at the Imperial Sand Dunes( ATV riding). I order to get to our spot, there will be a lot of body twisting and movement. Did I buy the wrong coach for my lifestyle???

I appreciate all the feed back!!
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