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Old 07-01-2012, 06:49 AM   #15
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Try your best to avoid an RV with windows or to many seams in the cab over area as they are a constant source of potential water intrusion. It is usually not "if" it will leak but "when" it will leak. Do a search on the various RV related forums for cab over leak, water leak, window leak, or anything with water or leak in it and you will find plenty of people who have gone thru (and are currently going thru) hell dealing with water related damage. Water and fire are the worst enemies for RV's. I find water to be the worst as it is a long expensive and frustrating process to deal with. These windowed cab over RV's may be cheaper to buy but they can end up costing a lot more in the end.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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Our class C upper cab window has a crack in it from where the PO over tightened a screw. I rebuilt the bunk up there recently and oddly, there was pretty minute water damage and no mold at all. We are planning on getting the window replaced. Is it possible to just have it removed and capped instead with a one piece?
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You can still get leakage in the cabover, window or no window, if the water is migrating down from a higher point of entry (clearance lights, vents, seams, etc.) I have seen water damage in high end class c's with an entertainment center vs bed. Yes, certainly a window will be the obvious and usual culprit, but I have seen windows appear to be leaking, when in fact they were just a channel for the water to migrate into the bed area, from a leak on the roof. Water can travel inside the roof and sides and find a way into the camper.
X2 on this. Most manufacturers state in the owners manual that you should do (or have done) regular inspections of you RV roof including the cab-over area. You need to check and repair if needed all seams and penetrations. This would include any vents, ac units, satellite, antenna, clearance or marker lights, or any other thing that would penetrate the roof surface. I do mine every 3 or 4 months.
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Our class C upper cab window has a crack in it from where the PO over tightened a screw. I rebuilt the bunk up there recently and oddly, there was pretty minute water damage and no mold at all. We are planning on getting the window replaced. Is it possible to just have it removed and capped instead with a one piece?
Not sure if cap replacement could be done but I think a good body shop should be able to remove the window and put in a to fill the space, then finish it out so it looks like there never was a window.
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Does your camper have an aluminum or laminated skin, can you determine if the window frame itself provides structural support to the side wall, this can be a labor intensive operation and will be expensive if you have to pay a service technician. In addition to the wisely suggested body shop, I would suggest boat repair, fiberglass repair or similar type shops; certainly depends on what is available in your area...maybe even a carpenter. I have never installed a "cap" because unless the camper was new, I would have to contend with uneven surfaces that would be more challenging to seal (and keep sealed)than a window, the cost would be ridiculous, and would knew I would kill myself trying to do it. I would not try to reinvent the wheel here, but would instead try to repair it back to original condition, especially is resale is a concern.
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Do birds often go through the windows? Or is this a rare occurrence? We have just purchased a used class C, and would be glad to take precautions to avoid common problems.
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Be sure and avoid any rig with a front window, you know, like a windshield!

If properly taken care of and maintained there shouldn't be major damage as the leaks should be caught early. It's lack of maintainence over long periods that causes the problems.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:47 AM   #22
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Do birds often go through the windows? Or is this a rare occurrence? We have just purchased a used class C, and would be glad to take precautions to avoid common problems.
Interesting question. I had one get stuck in the grill of my car so I guess it is possible.
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Be sure and avoid any rig with a front window, you know, like a windshield!...
In all the class C's I looked at, the cab over windows were mounted different than the modern windshield. Although you make a point -- windshields can leak too. But then again, windshields are something of a "must have."
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