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Old 09-27-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Windshield boo boo

Couple of days ago as we headed east on I-90 around Mitchell SD a propane hauler passed us and tossed a pecan size rock off the road and nailed our one piece (looks like half an acre ) windshield on the MH. Now we have a nice star about big as a half dollar. There are three or four little spider legs, but they have not grown since the the impact.
I really hate to see the windshield removed and replaced, because these are had to get sealed so they won't leak. I have heard about the polymer chip fix and wonder if the spider legs can be drilled to prevent growing and then whole filled. Anyone have any experience with this? Ever had a windshield drilled? Does it work and does the finished product affect vision ?
Is there a national company who repairs these things?
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I was having a discussion about windshield repair and it was stated to call your insurance company and see if the can recommend someone in your area that does repair. They would rather pay for the repair than replace the windshield. Just a thought.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:55 PM   #3
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We have had many repaired over the years by Safelite and others sent by our insurance company ...some repair well and others don't depending on the crack and/or the skill of the person doing the repair. It CERTAINLY is worth a try!!
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Had two small chips repaired on our previous coach and even though repaired, the chips still show, but they never spread. If it is in your line of vision to the road, you may want to check to see how visible it will be before doing a repair.
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Just had a pea size fixed, yours sounds to big to fix. It cost $80.00 to fix ours at our location.





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to drill it yourself you need a diamond bit. and you want to drill at the end of the spider leg to releave the pressure. you can get this at a hobby store or some of the better hardware places. also there is a windshield repair kit called a Bullseye repair kit available at autoparts stores or online. BUT if you can get it repaired by a professional you are way better ahead. if none of them will touch it then i would have a go at it. you would have to replace the windshield anyways right? i fixed one like this and it lasted awhile but wasnt the prettiest thing.
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If it is in your line of vision to the road
If it is the driver's line of vision, the commercial repair folks will not/are not allowed to repair it for liability reasons...
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It depends on whether your state's annual inspection (if you have one) handles windshield chips. Whan we lived in Virginia, any chip in the area swept by the wipers was not permitted and the windshield had to be replaced. Chip repairs weren't around back then, so the rules may have been relaxed.
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I used them to replace 1/2 of our mh windshield, Prepare to stay one full 24 hour period.
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A-1 Auto Glass

90 N Polk Street


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I used them to replace 1/2 of our mh windshield, Prepare to stay one full 24 hour period.

OP stated I-90 in SOUTH DAKOTA... little off from Oregon if you ask me...

i had safelite reseal ours, had the insurance pay for it, called it out from the "hail damage" that loosened the seal, they were more than happy to have the window removed, cleaned, and new sealant installed... BEST GLASS COMPANY I'VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH... and they are nation wide so I would give your insurance a call and then them! AND...........according to their commercials here in Oklahoma City... "they take care of the insurance paperwork for you" so i'd put them to that test...
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Ok, not to disparage Safelight Glass, but the company I recommended is a sub company to the manufacturer and distributor of all or most of the glass that is used in the MH industry. So as an installer, they also worked with the manufacturers to make sure the workers knew how to correctly install the glass in the production of the coaches.

They quoted me one price and the job came in under that after the job was completed. The warranty is great, even though its been over a year, I’m sure they will take care of the star without a charge. Now, it’s also not cost effective to drive a long way for this, so I would at least call them, and see whom they recommend in the area you are in, because like I said, they are a partner with the company who makes and distributes the glass to the manufacturers.
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Safelite just fixed a rock chip in my 1 piece windshield. The local shop will not repair any area bigger than a quarter. GMAC paid the entire repair bill.
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Thanks guys, I have heard of safelite. We are back home in Ga now, so Oregon might be a little bit of a stretch. Calling the insurance company in a few minutes to see what they want to do. Last time I checked years ago, there was no deductible on glass breakage here in Georgia. Thanks for the ideas. I expect this would be a project that I would be well over my head in taking on.
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Talked to insurance company today and they hooked me up with Safelite. Tech will be here in the AM. The guy in Arizona I spoke with for Safelite said if the spot could be covered by a dollar bill, they could fix it. Progressive waived any deductible - with the cost of a windshield that size vs the cost of a repair they certainly should. Safelite does not do the huge one piece monsters according to the rep. Don't blame them. This thing has got be HEAVY.
Anyway, it went much smoother than I anticipated dealing with the companies. If the tech can do a good job and the thing does not crack further I will be a happy camper.
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