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Old 07-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Driving with a Cracked Windshield

Has anyone ever driven their Class A with a severally cracked windshield?

I have a cracked PS windshield. It is cracked in several places in the top right hand corner near the entrance door with a long crack going from that corner to the bottom right corner. Also the seal is pulling away in the top corner where the cracks are and I can see daylight from the inside.

I have taped the cracks because they were spreading. My question is, is it safe to move my RV to the glass shop about 24 miles away?

I also learned that Glad Press-N-Seal makes a quick water seal. The press-n-seal stuck to both the RV and the windshield and kept the rain and moisture out. I'm buying another roll for the basement for my next emergency
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Motor home windshields like those in all passenger vehicles are , 2 panes of glass , laminated to a plastic center sheet.
Do you have cracks in both the inner and outer pane of glass?
If you have cracks in both panes of glass, you can check by scratching your fingernails across the inside of the winshield,you'll have to be very careful. If the inner pane is not cracked you should be fine.
I wouldn't do 60mph, down a pothole filled road in a hail storm though
If at all possible , a smooth road where your speed can be kept under 40.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
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I have a crack on the drivers side that runs from bottom to top, but out of my vision. Drove 1500 mi home, no problem. However, not all cracks are the same. In your case, Ditto on what Skip said.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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What about using a mobile glass service?

This week I had my windshield replaced. When I called AAA, I told them I wanted to take it to a local shop and they approved that over the phone. When the adjuster came to my house to look at it, he said I could have had a mobile service come and do it at my home. I wish I had done that, since it took the other shop a couple of days longer than they estimated.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
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Duct tape the windshield on both the outside and inside and head out.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Way back when, living near Chicago a lady and her young daughter were killed on Edens Expwy when a kid dropped a water balloon on her windshield. Her husband told the police that they had a cracked front windshield and he was "going" to get it replaced. Police report stated the accident was caused primarily by the weaken w/s and the balloon by itself wouldn't have smashed through the w/s.
I have never forgotten that story and as soon as any w/s of mine shows a crack it's gone.
Also, Fl has a 100% no cost w/s replacement policy for all Fl cars, might check your states policy on that.
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Duct tape the windshield on both the outside and inside and head out.

What he said: don't be in a hurry, speed will just put more pressure on the glass.
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Well I taped the he LL out of the windshield inside and out with about a half roll of clear packaging tape and it held up. I forgot I actually had to travel to Ft Lewis about 45 miles away not to where the glass shop is. The road was primarily 4 lane highway and I started out slow but then did eventually get up to the speed limit of 60.

Duncan Systems shipped my windshield to a local shop before I could contact them to find out that they don't do mobile service. I've got an appointment Monday afternoon and this thing ain't moving until then. The windshield actually held up a lot better then I expected.

Oh ya, and it is defiantly cracked inside and out, we found glass on the dash and the ground outside.
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I just hate it when a windshield gets defiant.
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we had a cracked windshield from the storm in washington dc--upper left corner where the magna shage magnet beat the snot out of the glass and won---the cracks grew during the trip home but i had no concerns about the windshield failing. yours with the daylight showing is not normal and is just a place for leakage. the glass is more than secure on normal roads.
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Ya this is no ordinary crack and is scary. We were sitting in the coach and could here it spreading, that's when I taped it up.

The Glad press-n-seal worked awesome, we had a little rain but it kept all the moisture out. We did get it sealed before the rain started otherwise I don't think it would have stuck as well as it did.
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