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Old 06-02-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default Windshield seperating from cap

I many my first trip last weekend to the Indy 500. Had absolutely no problems, 1400 miles.
About 20 miles from home, I dropped of a friend & almost immediatly after getting back on the road, I notice a wind whissle I had not heard before.
This weekend I was running some speaker wire down behind the interior vertical trim & noticed there was a gap between the rubber seal & the cap @ the bottom corner. Going outside, I could see that the rubber seal has moved forward +/- 1/2" forward starting @ the top corner going to the bottom corner. This is on the right side & the horizontal areas appear to be in the normal position. The left hand windshield does not appear to have moved.
My initial thought is to remove the rubber seal insert, push the glass back in position, add some Silkaflex & reinstall the insert.
Has anyone had a similiar problem & what could be the cause ? Just a 17 year old coach!

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Old 06-02-2008, 11:16 PM   #2
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Gordon,

I just experienced the exact same problem. Would you mind posting exactly what you did to solve the problem.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:50 AM   #3
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I had that happen on my 2006 while under warranty. I took it to the factory and they just pulled the rubber seal and reset the window. I think they only sealed 2 sides of the window. I think it was the top and the center sides. You might check with newell, to be sure, on how they do it because the window has to move when the coach torques. If you seal the window all the way around you'll probably crack the windshield because it has to move.
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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Thanks Bob.

Did you watch them? Did they use a rope and walk the windshield out of the gasket with the rope? One person inside and one person outside?

Also, in the middle of the gasket, on the outside, there appears to be a piece inserted in the gasket all the way around. It looks like out may come out to allow the gasket to move.

Any additional observations you have about the process is welcome.

Thanks again.
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Here is what I have learned today.

If you look carefully at the gasket, it has a center section that can be removed. The center section acts like a wedge to tighten up the gasket.

The fix is you remove the wedge, called a windshield locking strip, move the gasket back to it's original position, and reinstall the wedge. However, it supposedly takes a specialized tool called a windshield locking strip tool (gee that's brilliant on my part) to put the wedge back in easily. Found one on Amazon for 10 bucks. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:08 AM   #6
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Excellent advice from all!

Most important is do not glue the windshield to the coach. The windshield must move when the coach is in a twist or the glass will break.

The insert "tool' is cheap and well worth the cost. If you wish to make a handsome profit, wait until a 'good' friend tries for several hours to reinsert the locking strip, and then after a quick show and tell, I suspect he will offer triple digits.

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Old 06-06-2008, 05:07 PM   #7
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I thought I would post on my experience repositioning the gasket.

First I removed about 5 inches of the locking strip and used the tool and soapy water to put in back in. No problem. So now I knew I could put it back in before removing big sections of the strip.

I removed the strip all the way around to the section of gasket that need to be repositioned. Most of the gasket was easily moved using a plastic sheetrock blade, but one section would not move. I went inside and used the plastic blade from the inside, but still no luck. I used a metal pick to lift the edge of the gasket against the coach, not the windshield and the gasket slid right where I wanted it.

Using the tool and soapy water, the locking strip went back into place.

Entire process from beginning to end took about 30 minutes, including my learning curve.

Needless to say, the tool went into the tool box on the coach
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Great to hear that the fix was fast and relatively painless Richard. Have a safe trip.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:01 AM   #9
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i had the same thing happen to my passenger windshield. my glass coverage paid for having a rv glass shop come and reset it.

i was not there when they did it, but i bet they did the same thing.

i went ahead and ordered the tool richard used and will keep it in the coach. i will do it myself if it happens again.

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:15 AM   #10
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Default Windshield issues

I have a 1978 coach with the problem of the corners of the windshields wanting to pop out. I am trying to take it in to have them reset the windshield.
I am also looking to get a supplier for the windshield gaskets. Newell stated that they do not carry them. Any Suggestions/recommendations?
Also is this a common problem with these coaches?
I do have some time yet as it is still zero and a snow alert is on the way for next week.

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