We were headed to San Antonio to visit the kids this weekend and hit a Turkey. The ones with the wings not the rotten kid type. Busted the front clearence lights and the front window. The window did not shatter or break through. I will post a picture tomorrow.
Has anyone had this window bust out? If so how hard was it to replace? Do I have to come back in with glass or is there something else you can use.
Thanks to all
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Replacing the glass is not a difficult thing to do.
You do, however, need a template for it if it has radiused corners. That is easy enough to do, Get the basic width and height, cut a rectangular template and then round the corners with an appropriate round object as a template. Find something, a plate, a jar lid or whatever that has the same arc as your window and use it to mark the template.
There is a retaining bead that trims off the glass after it is placed in the frame, usually made of rubber so it can bend for the radius corner. When you pull that out, it reveals the edge of the glass in the frame.
Now you say it busted the window, but did not shatter or break through. Can you elaborate on that? Is the window laminated safety glass like the windshield of a car?
No you don't have to use glass. There are a number of alternatives, some being much tougher than glass. I use an acrylic product in my solarium business that is way stronger than glass. It is tinted too for privacy and UV blocking. Another alternative is Lexan. You can take a sledge hammer to it and you won't break it. Very tough stuff.
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On a camper, just like a class-c, you need to be careful about replacing it with anything other than original thickness glass. My old Class C (1992) had a piece of plexiglass in it that I didn't realize was there till it had leaked and filled up the overhead with water... I ended up deleting the front window, by installing a piece of Aluminum diamond plate all the way across the front, sealed it real well. Removed the whole window frame, reinsulated, then covered the inside with a nice fresh piece of white textured FRP (Fiber-reinforced plastic) Looked very nice, and in Alaska, it darkened the sleeping area so we could sleep in the summer of midnight sun.
Hope that this helps!
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Unless you really want to see out that window, do yourself a favor, trace a template onto a piece of sheet aluminum paint it to your favorite color and seal it in place using 3M 5200 or stronger adhesive caulk.
That's on my to-do list for the old glass window panes on the front of the KIT. They're already sealed up from the inside, just haven't replace the glass with aluminum yet.
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No major damage to the camper. I need a quick fix cause we are going to the beach on Black Friday. And the sweet loving Wife said we had to go. Might have to use plastic and duck tape to make her happy.
What I would do------------------------put sticky back plastic (I can't remember what you call it) over the glass and onto the camper body----maybe gaffer tape around to ensure water seal-----------------the plastic will hold glass together, but be carefull not to damage plastic with the broken glass-----------then, when ready to fix, cut the plastic with a SHARP blade around the glass, so that it can be removed from the rubber complete------then on a flat, surface trace onto stiff card, you now have a template for whatever you plan to put back in the hole (I would not fit glass)--------it would probably be wise to stick plastic inside the window as well, to stop bits of glass getting on your bed, & to help removing glass without it falling apart !!
If ever I break our window I will try it out !!!!!
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Im gathering your considering a temp fix instead of replaceing the window?. After carefully taping some plstic inside I'd be putting ply or something inside to insure didnt lean against it. Dont know how far your planning on driving if plastic & duct tape would hold up. Looks like rain clouds-maybe starting from bottom up overalpping layers of packing or duct-then a plastic, more tape. Realize if its dual layer glass with the plastic membrane inbetween and only the outer glass hass fractured its now less than half as strong as it was. So enroute all itll take to finish is a mocking bird. or a pine cone.
Id be more looking at removing the window and having it replaced but first Id be on the phone. Im pretty sure my insurance would cover this...