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Old 02-12-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Windshield Coming Out

We had to have our rig towed and the when we picked it up after the repairs and were riding home we noticed the windshield was open on the passengers side about 1/2 inch on the upper corner and down the side. We suppose that it was caused by the towing.

We called a local company who said it would cost 250.00 dollars. They would come to the house where we keep it and do the work. Sounds like a very reasonable price but no gaurantee if it breaks and according to them there is a very high probability that it will come out again. We sure didn't come away with a good feeling about having it done by them or really what to expect.

It was being towed because the brakes went out on our workhorse chassis. They did the recall on it. We are located in Orlando

Would appreciate some info from someone who has had this happen with their windshield and how to deal with it.

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Any automotive glass shop can re-install the windshield and it is probably a hour ($100?) repair in most cases. Paying the mobile service to come to your place is convenient, though.

Can it happen again? Sure, but if you don't get towed again or jack the front end indiscriminately, it probably won't. Unusual stresses on the front cap is what does it, so avoiding them is the answer.
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Thanks a lot for the reply and info. I am going to check out a couple of places close to me I don't think it would be a problem to drive it there.

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We had to have our rig towed and the when we picked it up after the repairs and were riding home we noticed the windshield was open on the passengers side about 1/2 inch on the upper corner and down the side. We suppose that it was caused by the towing.
Was there any damage to the lower body panels of the unit?

Was it towed using a wheel lift (where the only contact from the tow truck was at your front wheels)?

Was it fork towed (where smaller U shaped forks come in contact with the axle or some other portion of the frame)?

Yes it seems very co incidental that this happen around the time it was towed, but it should have only happen if the towing apparatus came in contact with the lower front end of the body at some point ans with enough pressure exerted to pop the windshield out there's got to be some corresponding dame to the body itself.
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It's almost certain the coach was careened severely to cause the windshield to pop out. That could have happened when towing or being jacked up unevenly to work on it. In either case it's possible rivets or other fasteners may have been dislodged and a close inspection should be made.
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This is what any coach looks like while being towed whether with a wheel lift or V blocks. the stinger bar is basically in the center of the coach with both sides supported equally or else all you could do is drop it on the unsupported side.

There have been many instances of windshield damage as reported here but it is always accompanied by additional damages in the area of the stinger, more generally the damages caused by towing are in the lower valance area due to not enough clearance when traversing driveways or turning tight corners.
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I'm not sure how you could pop the passengers side window out even just 2" with out corresponding lower body damage



This is a under body view of a Workhorse on V blocks




Sometimes they have to get awfully high to clear front end and generators





Then it gets to be a balancing act as to the front end or the rear end being high enough



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The tow set uplooks exactly like the set upin your photos.

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In that case I'm not saying the tow could not have caused by the windshield problem since anything is possible in this world but it's difficult to figure out how.

Not trying to shift blame but if the passengers side was jacked up very high then the other side instead of jacking it up in stages to prevent excessive twist I could see it happening as it could be twisted more than any way you could twist it while driving.

Some shops have some great equipment where they can jack a coach off the ground with jacks at all four wheels so you can go high enough to walk under one, these jacks are normally computer controlled so all corners go up at the same rate. Some shops do use a single jack to jack one corner instead of a normal floor jack as it's less physical work but it does have the potential to raise that corner too high. This cause is a guess on my park as obviously I was not there.

I posted a few extra pictures in case others might be interested.

Unfortunately they call them "wreckers" instead of tow trucks because a lot of them in the "good ole days" did just that as part of the normal (so some seemed to think) course of towing cars
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windshield woes

I was a service manager for a large motorhome dealer in atlanta ga. this is not a uncommon prblem. as you can see by looking at the front of a motorhome the cutout for the windshield is a very large opening. when the factory trims this pening to install the windshield, very often the opening is cut too large. when the front of the motorhome is slightly twisted the windshield pops out. there is a easy way to fix this condition. most factories never glue the windshield in. (cheaper and faster not to) find a glass installer that will ureathane the wndshield in. the bad news is, a large number of installers break the windshield during installation. we had one company that never broke a single one. if you are able to come to atlanta ga. contact citywide glass in riverdale ga. their no. is 770 997 7226.
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We had to have our rig towed and the when we picked it up after the repairs and were riding home we noticed the windshield was open on the passengers side about 1/2 inch on the upper corner and down the side. We suppose that it was caused by the towing.

We called a local company who said it would cost 250.00 dollars. They would come to the house where we keep it and do the work. Sounds like a very reasonable price but no gaurantee if it breaks and according to them there is a very high probability that it will come out again. We sure didn't come away with a good feeling about having it done by them or really what to expect.

It was being towed because the brakes went out on our workhorse chassis. They did the recall on it. We are located in Orlando

Would appreciate some info from someone who has had this happen with their windshield and how to deal with it.

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