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Old 08-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Fogged Window

My 1999 Bounder driver's side fixed window is fogged and I can hardly see the mirror. The quotes from an RV shop to fix or replace this window are outrageous; has anyone removed a window themselves and bought a replacement? Any suggestions for a cheaper solution?
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Short anser is common problem and yes.

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There are a number of companies that you can drive the rig to and camp in it while they pull the window, fix it, and put it back.

Your windows are made by atwood. Get the measurements and call them. I did some on a fleetwood gasser, roughly $100 per peice of glass. Not real hard to remove, disassemble, and put back.
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Or a glass shop will probably do it for you for around $200-$250 per window. Maybe more for that particular one - sometimes they are a bear to get at if the dash is in the way.

Wherere you located - maybe somebody can suggest a local shop.
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I am in the Sacramento, CA area, and have called a few shops, so far, no positive responses. One quote was for several hundreds of dollars just for one 22 x 29" window. I will keep trying but am leaning towards DIY if I can find the glass; one prominent shop replaces with plastic for around $300.
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You can remove the whole window the frame has a place where it is split and is held by a plate and screws remove them and spread the frame the separate glass parts then can be removed just take the parts to the glass man and they will make you a new ones I have done many it is easy to do
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My 1999 Bounder driver's side fixed window is fogged and I can hardly see the mirror. The quotes from an RV shop to fix or replace this window are outrageous; has anyone removed a window themselves and bought a replacement? Any suggestions for a cheaper solution?
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Yes, I just completed a similar repair on the passenger side window. Details with source for sealant in link below:

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Class A Motorhomes: Dual Pane Window Repair-My Way

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You can remove the whole window the frame has a place where it is split and is held by a plate and screws remove them and spread the frame the separate glass parts then can be removed just take the parts to the glass man and they will make you a new ones I have done many it is easy to do
Remembe that they have to use tempered glass to keep it legal. Not many shops temper glass after it's cut to fit, most have to send it out and that adds to the cost.
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Try this shop - Dave Root. It's in Bend, OR, but not a bad trip from Sacramento. Take a vacation trip to Oregon and include a day at his shop.

http://www.daverootrvglassrepair.com/

I hear that he also does work in SoCal during the winter - maybe at Quartziet even.
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Remembe that they have to use tempered glass to keep it legal. Not many shops temper glass after it's cut to fit, most have to send it out and that adds to the cost.
Tempered glass can be cut, no need to temper after cutting.
Dave Root also has a kit for DIY resealing windows as long as the glass has not etched there is no need to replace, just reseal.
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Don't know where your located, but Suncoast Designers in Hudson, Fl. does excellant work and they have 16 sites to plug into while they are working on your coach. I had four windows cleaned and re-sealed for a total of $491.00 with a prorated 10 year warranty. Every job is diffferent cost wise. Glass replacement is $35.00 per piece. I was very pleased with their work.
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Tempered glass can be cut, no need to temper after cutting.
Dave Root also has a kit for DIY resealing windows as long as the glass has not etched there is no need to replace, just reseal.
For all practical purposes tempered glass cannot be cut. There is a very advanced process which includes annealing at 900 degrees and cutting with a laser. Good luck!
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I had four windows cleaned and re-sealed for a total of $491.00 with a prorated 10 year warranty.
They had to replace the glass in my one window. And cost was $294.68.
That was May 2011

Looks like you got a bargain on 4 windows. Even a better warranty then I did.
Below From their web site:
"We offer a 5 year warranty on all of our parts and labor"

Next spring I'm going back for a drivers side, slider window fix.
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If you do it yourself, the decision (legal or not) of which material to use is yours. Look into using laminated glass, it can easily be cut to size, and comes in various thickness.
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Don't know where your located, but Suncoast Designers in Hudson, Fl. does excellant work and they have 16 sites to plug into while they are working on your coach. I had four windows cleaned and re-sealed for a total of $491.00 with a prorated 10 year warranty. Every job is diffferent cost wise. Glass replacement is $35.00 per piece. I was very pleased with their work.
OP said he is in Sacremento, so Suncoast may be a little far for him. However, he could ship the window to Suncoast, but the freight may be high. There are repair shops closer.

We have had many windows done by Suncoast over a period of several years with good results. BTW, their warranty is 5 years not 10, at least that's the way it has been for the last 3 or 4 years.
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