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Old 09-27-2020, 05:47 PM   #1
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Cracked windshield - save to drive?

Picked up a rock today in the windshield. has now developed a 6 inch crack. I am about 200 miles from NIRVC in Atlanta (about 50 mile from Nashville). I am sure the crack will spread if I drive further. Am I safe to drive it to Atlanta. or what alternative do I have?
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Old 09-27-2020, 05:49 PM   #2
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Should be ok, I drove over 2k miles before replacing the ws, crack was 12" and spreading. Good luck
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:01 PM   #3
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...laminated glass--two sheets....cracks usually affect the outside glass and not the inside.....
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My Father would always say until you can no longer cover it with a dollar bill. Most state its a second dairy offense and you can be given a ticket for safety as the windshield is a safety feature to keep the wild out of your face. If the ding is in the driver's line of sight most insurance will cover replacement because it is a safety item.

You never said just how bad. Now if you're like the women in Florida who drove home with a man halfway through the windshield then its not the window you need to be concerned about. As the story goes she left the poor guy there over night parked in her garage as he called out for help, She went to bed. Just a Florida Driver fact.


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Old 09-27-2020, 06:03 PM   #5
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Probably safe, but there is no way to tell for sure. If it were me, I would chance it.

However, if the crack was to migrate to an area of the windshield where it could be interpreted as interfering with your vision, you could be subject to a citation.
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A single crack in the outside pane of a laminated windshield , can be stopped from spreading , by scratching a semi-circle just in front of the crack with a glass cutter or diamond.
The dangers of a windshield crack , are refraction of headlights at night , or damaging the wiper blades so the don't properly clear your line of vision while operating .
The requirement for windshield replacement due to cracks; vary by area , but most times if the crack isn't in the drivers wiper sweep ( view area ) you should be ok for a while.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:10 PM   #7
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Call your insurance company in the morning and they can have it remotely replaced where ever you are. Companies like Safelite do them at your location. At most youíll only pay $100 for your comprehensive deductible.

Windshields are safety glass. Iíve seen them smashed and people drive them.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:54 PM   #8
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No problem. Drive where and how you want. We had a windshield right lower corner completely shatter when we had to be towed out of the mud on an east Texas freeway. Right rear sunk to the hub when the toad had a flat, no shoulder and rush hour traffic. Anyway. we had NUMEROUS cracks 2-3 feet long and I could put 3 fingers between the windshield rubber molding and the front cap. What I did do was use the 2' wide clear packing tape on the cracks on the inside of the windshield to stop glass slivers from flaking off to lay on the dashboard. We were heading to the southwest for the winter (December) and got the windshield replaced at Red Bay, Alabama in mid March. Probably put 2,000 miles on it.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:07 PM   #9
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Most important, get the glass replaced by a shop that knows how to replace RV glass correctly. My first choice (and for me the only place) would be the Newmar factory. I have heard good words on NIRVC replacing glass. Having had repairs done by them before, I would trust them with a windshield replacement.

IMHO 200 miles would be fine. I would put clear tape over it.
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:16 PM   #10
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The corporate safety department tells us that windshields are a structural element of cars, and cracks compromise the strength of the windshield. They advise that cracked windshields be replaced immediately.

My oldest son flipped one of my cars upside down at a high rate of speed. The car was totaled, but he survived. Seeing the car afterwards made a believer out of me regarding g the function of the windshield.
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We had a severely cracked windshield on the right side of the passenger glass. It looked like vertical spider webs. (This happened during a severe thunder storm) It did leak in a rain and some glass pieces fell on the dash. I used super glue in the cracks and clear packing tape on the inside. Because we were traveling and had prepaid reservations for several weeks the insurance company could not find a place to get it replaced along our route. We ended up driving about 7K miles like that. I would not recommend doing that and hopefully would not be in that position again.
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Make sure who ever you choose to replace your windshield is experienced in Newmar windshields. There is no gasket, the windshield in bedded in sealant. It's a 2 day job, once the windshield is installed the RV cannot be moved for a day. I've had 2 replaced on my 2017 DS.
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We had this happen to our old rig in the middle of football season.... had to keep tailgating Kept going back to games and replaced at the end of the season... It held together!
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Old 09-28-2020, 04:49 PM   #14
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It will continue to grow, unless you can stop it. If it does'nt interfere with your view, drive it until you get tired of looking at it.
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