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Old 12-02-2015, 10:21 PM   #1
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Windshields Broken by Speeding Big Rig

I was driving south to exercise the rig on a two lane highway doing 65mph in the right lane. A big rig in a big hurry decided 75mph was a better speed and passed me in the left lane - and threw up a bunch of road debris including rocks and something that made a loud clunk right between both my windshields.

I was so mad! Nothing to do about it, he went onward speeding away and I exited in disgust.

My insurance covered most of it.

My reason for this post is to tell you how great a job the installer did. I used Wilkinson Glass out of Stockton, CA. They are mobile and cover from Washington to Arizona. It took a bit to schedule them in as they were in Las Vegas at the time and heading to San Diego next, plus Thanksgiving week was upon us.

They did a great job, mitigating rust, cleaned up the area and my dash. They used glass made in the USA for my Winnebago. It has the Winnebago name and part numbers.

One of my broken windshields was a replacement made in Turkey. They also told me that the insurance companies supplier likes to use glass made in China. My insurance company's supplier tried to get me to take it to their shop, but I insisted on using Wilkinson Glass - which is my right.

I found them from a video on Youtube by the RVGeeks:

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Old 12-03-2015, 10:32 AM   #2
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Glad it worked out good for you!
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:24 PM   #3
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That is great, he sure travels some distance to take care of people.
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During our first big trip in our new Monaco Diplomat, we got a windshield chip. We had it repaired in Sedona while at the campground. When we returned home, I called my insurance company and found I could lower my comprehensive cover to $100.00 deductible for about $14.00 a year.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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Driving mostly on two lane roads like I have done, has some additional costs. Replaced 6 halves of our two piece windshield over the years, all caused by large trucks approaching from the opposite direction. The most memorable was a rock over 2" in diameter thrown through the windshield and coming to rest in the bedroom. This gift was from an equipment carrier, the rock was most likely wedged between his duallys. Thankfully it hit near the center of the windshield, but there was a lot of glass to cleanup.
Chased down the culprit and we went over his entire load, finding it clean. The truck driver was amicable about the whole affair. Nothing a little duct tape won't fix.
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Its great to hear you say that it was not the truck deivers fault after seeing that it didnt come from his load.
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Its great to hear you say that it was not the truck drivers fault after seeing that it didnt come from his load.
After seeing that he had taken great care cleaning the equipment, I realized it was not due to carelessness. I approached him calmly and explained what happened and he responded helpfully. We both thought it was most probably a rock wedged between his tires, just one of those unfortunate things. I have had to pry rocks from between my duals after driving on unimproved roads. In the rv it was easier to detect, it would not be so easy with a trailer 40' behind. He did say he will check the duals after coming off a job site in the future, he did not want anyone to get hurt. To this day however I tense up a bit when I see an equipment carrier coming towards me, very memorable indeed.
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I had a appox 6in rock come through my windshield about 30 years ago that came off the load from a 10 wheeler. Didnt have a chance to chase him down as we were covered in glass and a bit shaken by it. I went to the trucking co and they would take no responsibility because i couldnt give them a truck number. I reported it to State Patrol and then took the bill to the trucking co and they reluctantly paid it. I told them they were lucky noone was killed.
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While heading to Alaska on the Alaska Highway, we slowed down to go over a part that had been covered with gravel, about a mile long. A large truck coming at us never slowed down and as he went by threw a boat wake of rocks at us. It looked just like water would fly off a boat as it sped by. Very loud of course...
Fortunately, we saw no damage, but it scared us a lot.
From then on we tried to watch for big trucks before entering a gravel part. None of them ever slowed down and we saw the gravel spray several times from afar.
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This thread is starting to sound like an advert for dash cams

My 6'6" Uncle coming back from basic training in his VW bug a LONG time ago had an owl come through his windshield !!! Scary part was the owl lived and was going crazy in the back seat while he was trying to stop from 60 mph !!!
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My 6'6" Uncle coming back from basic training in his VW bug a LONG time ago had an owl come through his windshield !!! Scary part was the owl lived and was going crazy in the back seat while he was trying to stop from 60 mph !!!
Oh man, that would be a handful, I would rather take my chances with a rock.
Sorry to go off topic but that story reminds me of one a good friend of mine told me many years ago. He was piloting an army Chinook helicopter on a tree top training mission, following another CH-47. Suddenly the lead chopper displayed very erratic flight and he feared the worst. There was no crash but the mission was cut short. Turned out a turkey buzzard had flown through an open window and was in a frenzy inside the cockpit. The bird then settled in the lap of one the pilots, clamping onto his thigh with his beak.
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Moral of this story (the OP's anyway) is that it isn't a good idea to "exercise" your MH over winter. Just leave it sit/set.
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