I went on the tour of how Suncoast Designers repairs fogged windows. A short, 15 minute tour, but interesting all the same.
First, the removed windows are brought into the shop and taken apart at a large, rug covered table. One tech will do all the windows on each job, whether the RV has one window or fourteen.
Some windows have the glass “etched” by the moisture inside it and cannot be used, so the glass is placed in the discard pile. Yep, both of my panes were in the pile. It doesn’t take long for moisture to damage the glass, our window started fogging just about three months ago. Rats!
The shop orders new glass to replace the damaged ones, they don’t make the glass here and because the glass is tempered, it has to be made to specific size. Tempered glass cannot be cut. Fortunately, they keep a large stock of standard size RV glass in stock, so having to order a pane isn’t too common.
The next step is to run all the glass, both new and used, through a special washing and drying machine.
The cleaned glass is then sent into a special, humidity controlled room, where both pieces of glass are assembled with a new seal.
There are three sizes of seals used, depending on the RV window manufacturer.
Once the new seal is placed in between the glass panes, the assembled window is sent to an oven/press to heat and permanently bond the panes together.
After the glass has cooled, the new seal is in place.
The finished window is placed in a rack awaiting reinstallation into the RV.
Suncoast does not put any gases inside the windows, unlike some thermopane window manufacturers that do, they just leave low humidity air in the windows. Their process must be good, because they warranty their window repairs for ten years.
Later, three techs came out to install my new window. They carefully aligned, sealed and screwed it in place.
Fifteen minutes later, it was done. Now the sealant will cure overnight. Tomorrow morning they are going to water test it and ensure there are no leaks. Then we’ll hit the road (after I pay the bill) down the West coast to Key West. Hope to be there in three or so days. :c)
Update: The window passed the water test, the techs cleaned it up so it’s spotless. The bill for the repair: $247. I was expecting $300-$400, so I’m pleased. Money saved for Key West! :c)
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