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Old 04-21-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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First trip of the season and we just noticed the double pane seal on the small rear flip out window has failed. Based on the pattern of the considerable amount of moisture it appears the leak is at the point where the window is hinged.

Since the seal is accessible is it possible to open it up, dry it out and re-seal it myself?

On the other hand we are only are 4 weeks outside of warranty. We store it in a covered stall. My feeling is this problem probably started last fall when the coach was sitting in the rain at the dealership waiting on other parts for warranty repair. I'm thinking of calling Winnebago to plead my case but don't feel like entering a protracted battle. I would appreciate hearing from anyone has who has experience approaching Winnebago under a similar set of circumstances.

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First trip of the season and we just noticed the double pane seal on the small rear flip out window has failed. Based on the pattern of the considerable amount of moisture it appears the leak is at the point where the window is hinged.

Since the seal is accessible is it possible to open it up, dry it out and re-seal it myself?

On the other hand we are only are 4 weeks outside of warranty. We store it in a covered stall. My feeling is this problem probably started last fall when the coach was sitting in the rain at the dealership waiting on other parts for warranty repair. I'm thinking of calling Winnebago to plead my case but don't feel like entering a protracted battle. I would appreciate hearing from anyone has who has experience approaching Winnebago under a similar set of circumstances.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:43 AM   #3
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I don't know how they might consider your request, but I would ask. Several of my double pane windows have done the same thing. The 1 that I had a problem with was the passenger side front. It fogged up so bad that it was a safety issue as you could not see through it into the mirror to check the traffic on the side or behind you. Cost of replacement at the selling dealer, 600.00. We now have the bedroom flip out window and the top driver side (stationary) windows all fogger up. It's not a safety issue so we'll let her ride. Good luck in getting your issue resolved. I'd say they are bad windows to begin with.
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:16 AM   #4
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Definitly ask. The window manufacturer may also have a warranty. On my Safari it was 3 years. They supplied the window but I had to pay the labor. It saved me $600 X 2 = $1200. Labor was $300-$400.
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:44 AM   #5
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Call and talk to owner relations - they might be receptive to covering it under warranty or making some concession.

We also have a window where the seal failed.
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Old 04-22-2006, 04:35 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Since the seal is accessible is it possible to open it up, dry it out and re-seal it myself? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The space between the glass is filled with argon gas. If Winnebago doesn't step up to the plate I would check with a local window company. They should be able to make or order the glass much cheaper than purchasing one from Winnebago.

You could try and dry the window, possibly placing it in an oven set on 100 degrees or so and reseal with silicon. In the oven place the window so the failed spot is up. I haven't heard of anyone trying that.

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Old 04-22-2006, 05:05 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
[QUOTE] Since the seal is accessible is it possible to open it up, dry it out and re-seal it myself?

The space between the glass is filled with argon gas.

Tom </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I'm wondering that if you drilled some holes through the seal if the natruel air currents would dry it out and it would remain fog free. My Pella sliding glass door on my house has double pane glass and it has air vents at the bottom of the frame. This glass doesn't ever fog up. You just can't clean in betweeen the glass panels after you drill the holes through the seal.
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Old 04-22-2006, 06:38 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> I'm wondering that if you drilled some holes through the seal if the natruel air currents would dry it out and it would remain fog free. My Pella sliding glass door on my house has double pane glass and it has air vents at the bottom of the frame. This glass doesn't ever fog up. You just can't clean in betweeen the glass panels after you drill the holes through the seal. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you did this you wouldn't have insulated glass. What you could do is just break out one pane of glass and make it single pane. No certain where the tinting is located.

I'll guess your Pella is a sealed unit filled with argon.
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Old 04-22-2006, 07:00 AM   #9
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Are you sure the Winnebago Windows are sealed using Argon gas. From what I recall they are just vacuum sealed. The higher end MH windows are Argon sealed. There is a very big difference in sound transfer using gas vs. Vacuum air.
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I'll call Winnebago on Monday and see what they have to say.

Failing that I'll contact Attwood and see if one of their service centers (aka RV dealers) in the Pacific Northwest is capable of taking the window apart and repairing it.

One thing I'd prefer not doing is have the whole window, frame and all, replaced. I had two windows replaced at time of purchase due to fogging or bent frame. It added weeks before we could take delivery of the rig. And one of the replacements had an outside lip that was smaller than the original and left primer exposed versus the full body paint. Fixing the paint added an additional week.
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Old 04-22-2006, 07:21 AM   #11
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Are you sure the Winnebago Windows are sealed using Argon gas. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No, I am not certain.
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:37 AM   #12
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I posted a similar question back on 13 April Link here re our 2001 Itasca and got some good responses. I asked Winnie about it and got this answer:
"If the windows have fogged, a bad seal has developed in the window. The windows were warranted for a period of one year through Winnebago and two years through Atwood. Replacement glass can be obtained through an authorized Winnebago dealer."

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Old 04-23-2006, 04:55 AM   #13
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Failing that I'll contact Attwood and see if one of their service centers (aka RV dealers) in the Pacific Northwest is capable of taking the window apart and repairing it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I took my coach to a glass and window repairer-installer and they told me that you can't take the window apart, reseal and fix the problem. This was on of my ideas before we had the whole frame window etc. replaced. Winnebago will gladly sell the entire window, frame, etc to your installing dealer. Of COURSE!
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:14 AM   #14
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Is it my imagination or is this a common problem? Of course the sample size here is small but sure seem to be a lot of these on both new and old coaches. Just an observation (and it probably is an issue in other brands too.) Steve
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