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Old 09-24-2020, 08:56 PM   #1
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Upper Windshield Molding Removal

I have a 2015 40R with a leak in windshield. Does the black rubber trim at the top pull off or slide off? Even more importantly, how do I get it back on. I will be hiring a Handyman to do the work but need to know what to tell him. At 79 I don't belong on the ladder.
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I remember reading a pdf about this, can't remember(78 now) how though. I think it is through the WIT club papers. Winnebago beds the glass the same as automobiles, the trim is just that - trim, it covers the gap where the glass in imbedded in sealant. That is the problem not enough sealant was used to fill the gap, which allows water and dirt to accumulate = corrosion.
I thought I saw that pdf's in Winnebago Industries (WIT club) but can't find anything about windshields.
This is the Winnebago windshield installation page, note: will not run in FireFox. It may not be helpful, but I included it anyway.


UPDATE: I just found this video of repairing a rusty windshield frame problem:

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aiken rver, the rubber molding will just pull off. But the trim on each side of the windshield maybe holding the ends down. If you can not pull the ends out you will have to loosen the side trim. The nuts to the bolts holding the side trim on are on the inside of the coach. You have to remove the inside trim to get to them.
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Thanks for the video. The windshield has been replaced twice for rock dings. Started leaking about a year after the last replacement. Hopefully I won't have the rust. The video is of the older 2 piece windshield. Mine is the new 1 piece, so it might be sealed a little different.
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aiken rver, the rubber molding will just pull off. But the trim on each side of the windshield maybe holding the ends down. If you can not pull the ends out you will have to loosen the side trim. The nuts to the bolts holding the side trim on are on the inside of the coach. You have to remove the inside trim to get to them.
Thanks. I figured it would pull off, but wasn't sure if that was really the right way. My real concern is getting it back on. I don't know if it will press back in or slides into a track like the slide seals.

I did take the side trim pieces off. And yes they are clamping the rubber seal. I pretty much have everything in the front torn out to try and see where the leak is located.

Plan to seal with Permatex® Flowable Silicone Windshield & Glass Sealer once the rubber strip is off.
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Thanks. I figured it would pull off, but wasn't sure if that was really the right way. My real concern is getting it back on. I don't know if it will press back in or slides into a track like the slide seals.

I did take the side trim pieces off. And yes they are clamping the rubber seal. I pretty much have everything in the front torn out to try and see where the leak is located.

Plan to seal with Permatex® Flowable Silicone Windshield & Glass Sealer once the rubber strip is off.

Piece of advice. The window side trim pieces. If they were held on by 3 small screws with speed nuts, crimp the thread a little on the speed nut. I had mine off, and when I put back together one or 2 of my speed nuts didn't hold the screw well. I lost the side trim, in the dark...never to be found again. Cost me $200 from WBGO to send me a new one.
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Thanks for the tip. Mine are held on with a 3 bolts and nuts. The bolts are in a channel in the trim. One bolt has fallen out of the channel. Looks like it was lightly held with some sealer. I guess the intent is to be able to slide the trim up and down for alignment before tightening nuts.
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