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Old 03-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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Where would you buy a new Windshield?

Leaving on a 3 month trip April 1. Basically doing a counter-clockwise loop of the US (and part of Canada).

Have a 2011 Newmar Ventana with a 1 piece windshield that needs replacement.

We live out in the sticks, so there's no local RV glass service. I'm thinking that, while travelling through Indiana, it might be a good time to get the windshield replaced. Any suggestions? Are there any other places that we should look at for windshield replacement?
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Windshield Replacement

I ask the Port Authority and they recommended a glass repair shop that does their city busses. This worked out good for me. Good luck
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Being you are going thru Indiana and have a Newmar, you may want to contact the factory and see if they will do it or if they have a service near by that does. Give Newmar a call and see what they might suggest.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Hi hawgguy,
Contact Duncan Systems. They are in Elkhart, Indiana. They specialize in RV glass repair. They did my front windshield. I am pleased with their work and would hire them again. Go to
Duncan Systems, Inc. | America's #1 RV Specialist : Glass for details.
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I used Duncan Systems 6 years ago to re-seat my two piece windshield. I did extensive checking to try to find the best price and competence and they seemed to fit the bill.

I was quoted 3-4 hours to do the job for $300, including materials. They finished in about 60 minutes. I thought $300/hour was a little steep since their posted hourly rate at that time was $75/hour. They said they were already giving me a 'discount' that they would withdraw if I wanted to force the issue.

A couple weeks later, 2,000 miles distant, after a rain storm, I found the goo they used to seat both windows is water soluble. Years later it still weeps out black streaks from the corners of the windows.

I have since learned about bus repair shops and think if I had the same problem re-occur I'd find one of them to do work on my windshield before I'd call Duncan Systems.
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From what I can tell on their web site, Duncan Systems is an RV glass supplier and they contract out the installation. Is this correct, or do they have a shop in Elkhart?
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The do have a shop in Elkhart and another in Lakeland, FL. I believe they
use contract labor shops in most other area, but there is not necessarily anything
wrong with that, if the men are trained and experienced. I'm using the
Lakeland ship in April and will post up my experience. They are going to
do it at my campsite.
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In Elkhart and central Florida their employees to the install.
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Your insurer may have a nationwide company they do business with, so check with them. Most windshield replacements are insured anyway, and many RV windshield replacements are done at your site or home by mobile services.

Having it done at Newmar in Nappanee is an excellent choice too. I have an American Coach and had one replaced at the AC factory in Decatur in 2008.
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Just found best price today. ParkIn Elkhart, IN. My auto glass company got price and with install and freight beat all else by hundreds. Good luck.
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Hi mcboddy,
Check their resume before letting them do the work. Too many companies can to cars, trucks, etc. However, they are a bit short on installing a coach windshield.
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Hi mcboddy,
Check their resume before letting them do the work. Too many companies can to cars, trucks, etc. However, they are a bit short on installing a coach windshield.
GaryKD- Great advice. I had read that on a few threads. Being a newbie all this info really has helped, THANKS. We did confirm that they have installed several motorhomes as well as busses etc. They are a local company referred by a friend of ours that owns a big bus/limo company in our area (ny, philly). They do all their bus glass etc. It really helped they had some good connections to RV glass suppliers already established which made me very comfortable as well.
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