The windshield had a tiny chip in it that I never noticed. When the hot summer sun started baking it, the chip spread into a long crack.
I contacted my insurance company and made arrangements for it to be replaced when we returned from Oregon. Today, two techs from Champion Auto Glass came out to our home with a new passenger side windshield.
First they removed the side trim.
Then the rubber molding was pulled off.
A special tool was used to cut the sealant from the windshield glass.
The sealant that Winnebago uses was so strong, they had to bring out a special electric cutting tool to separate the glass from the frame.
After the sealant was cut all around, the glass was lifted out.
How about that flow through ventilation?
Under the windshield was some rust on the metal frame. The tech said he sees this all the time.
The techs sanded the rust away and put a special sealant/rust inhibitor on the rusty areas.
After the rust coating dried, a bead of new sealant was placed all around the frame.
Finally, the new windshield was lifted carefully into the frame.
The tech pushed the windshield firmly into the sealant and insured it was evenly place and aligned all around.
Once everything was in place and the tech was satisfied it looked right, the rubber molding was pushed back into place.
The side trim was screwed back into place.
Then the techs cleaned up both sides of the new glass and the dashboard.
Finally the glass replacement job is finished, now I have to let the Journey sit for 24 hours before I move it so the sealant can set up properly. If you look closely, you can see the tinted area at the top of the new glass is about an inch higher than the original glass on the driver's side. Unfortunately, that is the way the glass came from Winnebago. From time to time, manufacturers change suppliers and there can be some minor differences in parts. I'm not sweating it, I'll probably have to replace the windshields again (and again) with my luck. ;c)
The replacement took about 2 hours, start to finish. My insurance company covered the replacement except for my $100 deductible. I'm happy with that.
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