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Old 11-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Windshield problems - alignment?

I have a 2006 Monaco Camelot, a 40' diesel pusher with a one piece windshield. We have owned it about 2 years, and have had 3 or 4 windshield problems, from popping loose to cracking and replacement problems. This latest breaking happened only a month after having it replaced!! They have suggested to me that this may be caused by an alignment problem, and that I should have the front-end aligned. Does this sound like a correct diagnosis? Also, I have been doing Internet searches trying to find an RV service place that does RV front-end alignements and can't seem to find any. Any feedback or advice would be welcomed! thanks...

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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We have an uncle that has gone thru several windshields over the years. We have been told by his son that he lets the MH down from the jacks to quickly?

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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I do have some experience with windshields in MH's. We all believe that the MH sub-frames are fairly solid but that is not always the case. Notice that when a hyrdaulic lift system deploys or lowers it always lifts either both front or both rear or both side jacks together. It should never lift on just one corner. Why?? Because it will stress the frame and cause it to twist.

We were going into a fairly rough CG access road once with our 1999 DS. I took all the bumps very slowly. Later in the day one of my friends asked me how long the windshield had been broken??? It wasn't until we traveled down that rough road. I was driving and since it was on the drivers side it did not happen until later. The left front looked like somebody had taken a baseball bat to it.

Frame twist will happen. There's only so much you can do about how much it twists. Every manufacturer has their own way of limiting and dealing with the effect of frame twist on the windshield. It might be a good idea to check with them in regards to your year, model etc. They may be aware of issues and may have a fix or a solution. I'm sure there are others that have had similar problems.

I can't believe that front-end alignment has anything to do with breaking the windshield. That usually effects tire wear and handling. Your unit is an 06 and you said that you've owned it for 2 years. Now if for some reason (maybe a previous accident that you are not aware of) the frame is already twisted and the windshield is incorrectly located and there is a pressure point as a result then there might be a connection. If the frame around the windshield is twisted it has to have some effect on the area where the windshield sets. That's a long shot but it is entirely possible or at least something to keep in mind.

Years ago I had a minor fender bender in my 1960 VW. I fixed everything and when I installed the new windshield because the metal frame around the glass was just slightly tweaked the new windshield broke again. I knew the area around the glass was tweaked some but I thought that since it was setting in a rubber grommet it would be OK. Wrong!!! There was just enough pressure in one location that within a few days the new glass also broke.
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