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Old 01-03-2017, 04:33 PM   #1
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Changing a Windshield

I scan the internet often to see what is out there on the used market of motorhomes. Unfortunately for the price range I've been looking at the RVs all have the split windshield with the center column. Has anyone ever heard of changing a split 2 piece windshield to a single piece unit? We currently have a 2 piece windshield RV and while I don't lose sleep over it, I do think a windshield without the center post would be a nice upgrade if we ever trade to a different motorhome in the future.
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:18 PM   #2
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Not sure there's any advantage to a one piece windshield, but lots of issues. The two pieces allows for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, and also can handle body movement better. I've driven split front window vehicles for many years, the split never caused a vision problem. Glad you're not losing sleep over it!

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Old 01-03-2017, 05:37 PM   #3
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The real issue is the absence of a suitable curved windshield that is large enough. On our Barth the sides are GMC early 80s with a six inch center flat piece of glass. It works and we can get replacements, but there are no known applications of a bus winshield with the width needed to eliminate the center. You can have a custom ws made for $$$$$$, and when it ages or breaks you get to spend another $$$$$$$$.
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The first thing my insurance company asked was whether we had a one piece windshield as the cost was higher.
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It's academic, because there is not going to be a one-piece windshield that fits into that existing frame. Nor can you just remove the center strut without affecting the structure of the front cap, of which it is an integral part.

Windshields are not a one size fits all - the opening is designed to have a certain piece of glass mated to it. The RV maker chooses an existing windshield from some other vehicle (it's far to expensive to have a unique one molded for each RV) and designs the front cap to match it. Hopefully he does this well, so that it doesn't flex and pop out or crack. So, What you see is what you get.
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