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Old 03-19-2014, 06:53 PM   #15
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On my 2003 Seabreeze, I don't have the option to put front or rear down first. There is just a retract all and they all come up at the same time. The controller for the jacks was replaced just before I bought it, so I don't know how the original one worked.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:20 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Joebinks View Post
I have a 2004 National RV Sea Breeze 8360. I was leveling after it had settled at home. I had just stopped and I was still in the drivers seat when there was a loud "BANG" then the corner of the windshield over my head shattered. I had the windshield replaced but the center seam never was tight enough to stay sealed, there is a constant whistle (I believe through the fiberglass above the windshield) and the top front appears to sway a lot. The new windshield broke at about 100 miles in the same corner while driving on a flat road - Thruway.
So my question is has anyone else had this experience? I'm concerned the frame is broke but I'm not sure where to look and I can't ask National RV.
I agree with others who have said to put at least the front jacks on the ground with a lift of at least 3". The PowerGear is likely to be set up with a floating front system that will self level from side to side when the rear jacks begin to adjust. My control panel does not even have any front side to side buttons, just a single Raise Front Jacks button. All of this is to minimize "torquing" the front windshield frames which can cause glass breakage. Unless you have a fully automatic system, this would be a good idea for any jack system IMHO.

I have to take it easy when I go in or out of the storage lot as there is a several inch drop between the street and the driveway. They have added more asphalt to the road and made it higher. If I don't go slowly, there will be a violent shift when one of the front wheels pass over the edge and of course, I am turning at an angle to get onto the street or visa versa. The front wants to snap to one side and and if I'm too fast, there is a big creaking and shifting that goes on. I slow down to almost a crawl when passing this point now.

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:39 AM   #17
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To JoeBinks: There is no "frame." If you had a whistle after windshield replacement, the installer did not set the windshield in properly, or did not set the rubber properly, or did not apply the sealer well enough (or some combination). I had this issue and took t back to Safelite lass and the techs there took a look at it and were embarassed at the sloppy work. They cleaned, re-sealed, and i was on my way (with no whistles).
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:53 PM   #18
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Flexy frame

My 99 8310 is a creaky flexy coach. I had a bounder 39z and never had the same issues. My 1979 Vogue with rotten walls was more solid. Yes I have a broken windshield due to improper leveling. I will be purchasing lots of 3/16" thick 1-1/2 x 3-3/4 rectangular tubing and attempting to brace the frame before I replace the windshield. Additionally I am pulling the dash and overhead cabinets and may fabricate a hoop around the opening. Picked up this low mileage coach cause I was tired of working on my old dodge motorhome.
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