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Old 05-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Front Window in Cab Over

Do the front windows of these coaches alway leak, no matter what?

Here's why I ask:

I have a friend who's been RVing since the 50's. He's the type of guy from whom a fellow can learn a lot. One of the things I remember him telling me is he would avoid getting any type of RV with a window in the front. He said his experience is they always leak, regardless of what precautions are taken.

I was reminded of this just today when we were looking at a 2003 Forest River Sunseeker 2900. From the inside of the coach, as I was looking a the cab over area, I noticed there were water stains on the cushions. As I looked closer at the front wall around the window, I noticed it had been recently painted. When I touched the wall around the window, it was extremely soft as it would be from extensive water damage.

I lifted up the cushion and my wife said, "Eww, gross!" plugged her nose and quickly exited the coach. There was about a 3' square area of healthy, vibrant, mold. (We thought we smelled something when we first walked into the coach but the coach had just been detailed and smelled like cleaner.) Other than oxidization and a ding on a corner that had been repaired, this looked to be a fairly well maintained coach. It certainly wasn't abused.

The bottom line is I'm wondering what you all have experienced regarding leaking around the front window.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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I chose not to have a front window in the overhead bunk area when I bought my class c just to avoid that possibly.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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When we started to look at Class C motorhomes, we were told by a few people to avoid the front window. Prone to leaks and glass chips from road pebbles hitting the window. We have a Greyhawk (Jayco) with no front window, just the side windows, and a fiber glass one piece shell on the front cap.
When we travel the front cab is usually covered in dead bugs, so I am really glad I don't have a "view" of a Bug Cemetery while camping!
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:44 AM   #4
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Fleetwood Jamboree one piece cap also.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:56 AM   #5
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The only bad thing about the window in the front cap is that they're a constant source of angst. No matter how much sealing and tightening one does, the wind flexes it going down the road and it wont seal correctly.
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^

Ah... So it's an air pressure issue. That makes sense.

All good posts
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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it's been my experience that there are two kinds of cabover windows in class C's..... those that leak, and those that WILL..LOL Let your nose guide you when searching for Rv's. If you open a door and it smells moldy or damp, or reeks of Old Spice aftershave... RUN ! The oldest trick there is, is to douse the inside of a leaky coach with Old Spice... its the only thing pungent enough to mask the moldy odor... it's also the only scent that will NEVER wash out.....
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^ Good advice, thanks. I didn't know about the Old Spice.

We looked at a coach, an '86 Monaco on a dealer's lot (for $25k, by the way), that had so much mold smell we literally were able to smell it from the outside of the coach, several feet away even with the door and windows closed.

I'm not always the quickest learner, but I am catching on to the mold issue
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no front window here. the entertainment center would ruin the view anyway. but there is still a bed up there. it's a single that slides under the tv and stereo gear cabinets.
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I have 2004 Tioga and it has never leaked. I have 69k on it and I have camped in major storms and there has never been any signs of a leak. I guess I have a magical class c.
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I have a 2006 Four Winds that has never leaked. You only hear about the ones that have leaked. There are many more that have not leaked. So to generalize that they all will leak eventually is inaccurate and not based on facts. There a lot of C's out there that never have nor will have a problem.
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In 1998 we bought our first RV and the owner of the dealership told me something that is still true today. "There are two kinds of RVs. Those that leak and those that are going to leak." I have yet to see a Class C with a front window that didn't leak which is why most manufacturers today even those with beds in the front are going for a molded windowless cap.
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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.
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Had slide in camper years ago with the same type of front window. It was safety glass not laminated glass. Had a crow go through it at about 60 MPH. Certainly a mess to clean up. Shattered glass all through the RV. Fortunately the crow didn't come apart!
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