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Old 10-03-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Class A Windshield Care

so while I am anxiously awaiting the November delivery of my new Itasca Sunstar, I am reading the forums and came upon the issue of Class A windshields 'popping out'. What is this? How can it be preventer?

Is this just something else that will keep me awake at night waiting to attack my checkbook?
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taigarazz... i think you are alright.... a windshield popping out is not usual in any sense of the word. It would take a malfunction of the gaskets, glues and materials that hold the window into the RV. Just make your inspection of the area...feel your gasket for plyability..and as a task that really will give you peace of mind and a best exterior inspection than you ever might expect.... WASH and WAX your RV. Do it from Roof to tires.... after you finish you will have inspected every inch of the exterior including the windshield.
I use RainEX on my windshield.... it really helps since my wiper system is not what I would want as I get pelted up front in a heavy rain as I drive. Perhaps you will apply some RainEx up front too.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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Yes, most pop out 2-3 times a year.

Just kidding I've never heard of this before. I cracked one once by putting the coach in a twist with the levelers. We got stuck in sand right in a campsite. Jacking back and forth putting wood under the tires caused it. I suppose in a situation like this, it could pop out in a spot if not sealed good. Actually I would have rather mine popped loose rather than cracking.

I would forget you ever heard this, I just did
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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X2. Never heard of a windshield popping out. I suppose it might be possible, but must be a VERY rare occurrence.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Thanks! Gotta say, the more I read, the less fingernails I have!
But the threads about black tanks and toilets are entertaining....
Thank you all for the support.
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I had one pop in our 2000 pace arrow. It came put of the gasket at the top center post. I feel it was my fault Turing to level it on VERY unlev spot. I feel I twisted it.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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I think the discussion here about windshields is a little confusing and mis-leading. If you used the best materials available to install your windshield to prevent it from ever popping out then when it got under stress at some point it would just break. Having it stay in tighter doesn't make the glass stronger. During leveling and approaching driveways just do your best to keep from " twisting " the chassis . My coach has a 3 point system so I always lower the front jack no matter what, that allows the RV to pivot on the single jack making it near impossible to twist the chassis. Been driving Motorhomes over 30 years and have never " popped " out a windshield but I pay close attention to prevent it too !
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:32 PM   #8
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Have had three Type A MH's. Have never had a windshield "pop out" nor break from stress. Even the not so good quality '98 Santara. All the rigs have had 4 point HWH leveling systems too.
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popped windshields

on my 2000 eagle the drivers side cracked and both sides popped out enough to let in the rain. the bottom right corner of the pass. side I could stick my pinky in. just had the broke one replaced and the other reset.
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I've read about certain brands rusting out, but none that had a pop-out problem.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #11
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Can someone explain about leveling so as not to twist the frame and stress the windshield? This will be my first coach with levelers. Previously I leveled my C with the lego blocks
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#1 as I understand it, the front levelers are plumbed together so as not to put a strain or twist on the window.
#2 I know what you mean about reading all the things that can go wrong. Remember that this forum covers many RV,ers.. Of all the problems that I have read about, I have really not had many happen to me. When I do, I ask, and someones helps me out.. Relax
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#1 as I understand it, the front levelers are plumbed together so as not to put a strain or twist on the window.
#2 I know what you mean about reading all the things that can go wrong. Remember that this forum covers many RV,ers.. Of all the problems that I have read about, I have really not had many happen to me. When I do, I ask, and someones helps me out.. Relax
Excellent advice! I would add that problems are best avoided by proper use of the coach? Proper use defined by abiding by advice contained within the owners manuals! As in read them, and familiarize yourself with ever bell and whistle your coach consists of?

Plan on a proper demonstration by your dealer while taking delivery of your coach. Plan on at least an hour, pay attention, and take notes. If you don't understand something don't nod your head knowingly, ask questions before allowing the demo to proceed! Refuse to be rushed during the demo. It's your one and only chance to have a pro show you how everything works!

Later, when things settle down in your head, grab a cup of coffee, and drag out the owners manuals. Sit down next to that control panel (or whatever), and familiarize yourself with it, manual in hand?

With the knowledge gained through familiarity with all the systems, thinking you'll be way more comfortable while owning/using the coach. There's a lot of "stuff" to know when looking at the whole thing, but what it takes to run it, broken down to a piece at a time level, you'll find it's not that bad at all?

Have fun with the new toy!
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Can someone explain about leveling so as not to twist the frame and stress the windshield? This will be my first coach with levelers. Previously I leveled my C with the lego blocks
Basically , let's say the whole right side is low. When you go to level you bring both right side jacks up together unless you have 3 jack system then you should put down front jack so coach pivots from that jack as you raise the back.
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