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Old 08-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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New windshield in Alaska

Hello!

Our windshield with just one crack has multiplied into several rather nasty looking cracks. We are in the Palmer/Wasilla area of Alaska in our 2004 Monaco Windsor and are wondering if anyone can give us the name of a good place to have a new windshield installed?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks very much,
Bob
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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I would wait until you get back to the lower 48
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I just finished 10 week Canada/Alaska trip with a broken windshield . I just decided to wait till I got back to the States even though it meant looking thru a cracked windshield .
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Not a good idea to wait if the cracks are propagating (spreading).

We had a small rock chip/crack repaired at a shop not too far from the Big Bear RV Park in Wasilla, back in '10. No idea if they could do a full windshield. Looking at Google Maps, I think it was Gator Glass at the corner of E. Fireweed Rd and S. Whiting Cir in Palmer.
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When we were in Anchorage at a stoplights it seemed at least 1/2 the vehicles had cracked windshields. It's quite normal up there seems like.
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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When we were in Anchorage at a stoplights it seemed at least 1/2 the vehicles had cracked windshields. It's quite normal up there seems like.
Pretty much the case. Why buy a new windshield when it will look like the rest of them soon enough?

Voice of experience...lived in Alaska for a couple decades.
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When I get a "ding' in the windshield, I put some clear nail polish on that spot to stop the "spidering" effect. Seems to work fantastically well!

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Gator glass was the place that we had a windshield replaced several years ago. The first issue is that they do not stock windshield's for most of the larger MH's. It took them 12 weeks to get it here. For us that was not an issue since we live here. The other issue was that they charged us over $1600.00 to replace the windshield. A few years later we were in Oregon and again had an issue with our windshield. We were scheduled for maintenance at Monaco in Coburg anyway so had them replace the windshield. There it only cost us $750.00
If you can live with the issue you currently have, I would wait until you got back to the 'lower 48' and have it replace then.
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It's been my experience that my insurance company knows the good glass places pretty much wherever I am, specifically places that they work with - a call to them gets a reference in short order.
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If you can live with the issue you currently have, I would wait until you got back to the 'lower 48' and have it replace then.
Last year one of the MH's in our caravan got a rock chip that quickly spread into long cracks all across the windshield. His insurance company approved replacing the windshield when they returned to the lower 48, saying his claim was filed in a timely manner.
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