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Old 02-28-2007, 05:41 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I am new here, and glad to have found you. We just upgraded from a National Seabreeze to a Dutch Star, and needed to replace both windshields. they had been glued in and had stress cracks all over the place.

While driving our new to us rig home in high winds, the driverside windshield shifted and began to "pop out" of the gasket!!! It sounded like the howling of a hundred banshees, or maybe one hundred and one! I was very unhappy and quite a bit scared, however, to make matters a bit dicey, my 84 year old Mother-in-law was home sick so I couldn't turn right around and get to the bottom of the problem.

My installers want to come and glue the windshields in - after telling me that glueing caused the original problem: not enough flex in the gasket/glued area to allow for movement of the coach on the road.

I need advice on this issue, Please, Hopefully before the installers arrive with glue in hand.

and thanks for this excellent forum,

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Hi everyone,

I am new here, and glad to have found you. We just upgraded from a National Seabreeze to a Dutch Star, and needed to replace both windshields. they had been glued in and had stress cracks all over the place.

While driving our new to us rig home in high winds, the driverside windshield shifted and began to "pop out" of the gasket!!! It sounded like the howling of a hundred banshees, or maybe one hundred and one! I was very unhappy and quite a bit scared, however, to make matters a bit dicey, my 84 year old Mother-in-law was home sick so I couldn't turn right around and get to the bottom of the problem.

My installers want to come and glue the windshields in - after telling me that glueing caused the original problem: not enough flex in the gasket/glued area to allow for movement of the coach on the road.

I need advice on this issue, Please, Hopefully before the installers arrive with glue in hand.

and thanks for this excellent forum,

Maggie
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:17 AM   #3
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Maggie, not sure on a National but on the Fleetwood Discovery I use to have, the windshield did what you described. The only fix was to glue it. That worked. When our windshield slid loose, the noise was horrible. We used "man's secret weapon" to temporarily fix it. (Duct Tape)

Sometime, when you're in a larger Winnebago dealership, look at the method they use to frame and retain the windshield.

If I were you, I'd let them glue it.

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Old 02-28-2007, 07:59 AM   #4
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Donovan,

Sould have known a fellow Minnesotan would be the first to answer me!!! I haven't lived there in a lot of years, but is will always be home to me!

The glass repair guy said the same thing - duct tape for now, and glue for the long haul. The problem is actually on our new Dutch Star... Same difference though, Ya?!

Best to you and yours in MN,

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Old 02-28-2007, 03:55 PM   #6
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Maggie,

I am going tomorrow for a dual windshield replacement in my new Itasca. One of the requirements is that I leave the coach for at least 24 hours. The new windshield needs to "set" for at least that long to ensure a dry watertight seal. And that's 24 hours without moving. It is also a requirement for the installer to warranty the work. Make sure your rig can be not moved for at least that long to insure a successful repair.

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I'd suggest calling Coach Glass Co. for a recommendation. Their phone number is 800-714-7171. Their web site is at

www.coachglass.com .

These people are highly recommnended.
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Make it easy on yourselves, just use a few Dry Wall screws to hold it down.
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