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Old 04-10-2016, 11:43 AM   #1
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Cemented front windshield?

Looking at a "new to me" 2005 Coach (Country Coach Affinity). My current 2005 MH has a split windshield and the windshield is held in by a rubber grommet/strip set up (like many car windshields, at least older ones). The MH being considered has a cemented in windshield...is that a problem when (notice I did not say "if" as I have had 3 breaks so far) for replacement? I know that the single piece windshields are more expensive but I am more interested in the ease with which a glass shop can deal with them.

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I don't think car windshields have been installed with rubber gaskets in over 40 years. In the 1970's they switched to an adhesive system using a butyl tape, in the eighties and up to the present they use a liquid urethane adhesive. Any Gasket you saw around the winshield was just cosmetic.
As for motorhomes, I can't say I've ever seen one that didn't have it's windshield installed with urethane adhesive. Again any rubber gasket visible is just for appearance.
In the 90's or early 2000's the auto industry stopped using the mylar gap fillers and just let the space between the opening and glass show, I assume that is happening now in the RV industry and that is the reason you think gluing in the windshields is something new.
Don't worry replacement windshield specialist would rather deal with a urethane installed glass over a gasketed one anyday. It is not a problem to remove and replace a urethane adhesive glass.
PS: I worked in an auto assembly plant for 40 years.

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