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Old 04-12-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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I experienced a leak from my windshield on our trip last week. When I got home I sprayed some water on the windshield to try to find where it is coming in. It seems like it is coming in around the rubber molding at the top of the windshield. However, I discovered something that doesn't seem to be right about the rubber molding around the windshield. The vertical strip that goes between the passenger side and drivers side w/s has a small gap at the top corner that you could put the end of a pencil into. At the bottom, the horizontal piece that goes from side to side, goes over the vertical piece in the center, so there is a gap there on both sides of the molding. Could someone who has a similar m/h look at theirs and see if that is the way it is supposed to be? Thanks
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have a Voyage also.

If I am not mistaken (that would be rare ), the molding is just to cover up the glass edges. If your windshield is leaking, it would be from the sealant between the glass and the frame.

FYI. Our molding is cut kinda crooked also top to bottom....I just pulled it down so that the top and bottom edges are covered by the horizontal molding.
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:15 PM   #3
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I just went through the leaky windshield adventure. It was determined a factory installation problem, glass not properly sealed in frame. Unfortunately the proper fix is to remove the windshield, both of mine were leaking, and reset. This usually breaks the windshield! I started with a sealtech pressure test which I agreed to pay $100 for to find the actual leak spots. It took two trips to the dealer, about 3 pressure tests, and a coupld of water tests, but I am now leak free. Winebago did pick up all costs, however the glass was not removed. But I feel better knowing the whole case is on file, if further leaks develop.

The dealer sealed the glass with the polyurethane sealant. The rubber gasket is just trim and does not seal.


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Old 04-12-2008, 03:21 PM   #4
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Having had leaky windshields on a prior RV let me tell you...Have a professional look at it. Windshield may have to be reset.
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:03 AM   #5
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I had water dripping from the bottom of the TV console. There was no water in either of the side compartments. When I had the coach serviced in march I asked the people to reseal the marker lights. I drove the coach last week and noticed that there was (again) some water dripping from the TV console. I had the driverside windshield replaced in the fall of last year and I suspectd that maby it was the windshield leaking. This week I had the moulding (the strip of rubber between the top of the windshield and coach) removed and we resealed it. I also had the roof seams upfront recaulked. I will be going on a 12 day trip starting next week and will report back regarding the "drip" problem.
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:50 AM   #6
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codgerbill,

Just a a suggestion, you might check to see if the rubber antenna mounted on the roof is not only sealed, but that the antenna itself is screwed tight to it's base. Water can enter through the hollow base.

Also, if you have a satellite dome, even if the screw heads are sealed, if the screw holes have not been sealed, water can enter between the bottom of the dome, and the roof, and on in to the TV compartment.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:04 AM   #7
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I had the passenger side windshield replaced at the factory last fall. During heavy rain I have a drip from just left of center at top of windshield. The top trim strip has also pulled away from the drivers side edge of the window on the top. I will be stopping in Forest City tomorrow.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:59 PM   #8
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FrontRangeRVer and LeonB have apparently had similar experiences to mine. The rubber molding is just trim. As they say, the actual sealant is the glue that holds the windshield in. We had a leak at the top of one windshield a year ago with water dripping on the dash. The water was coming through a clearance light, running down the cap and resting on top of the windshield frame, then found it's way inside the glass. When a dealer checked it they found both windshields leaking. The service dept assured us they could remove the glass and reseal it, but there is no way that would happen the way the glass is glued in. They destroyed both windshields, and had to repair some pretty good rust on the frame where the water had been sitting -- that leak had been going on for a long time before the water finally found it's way inside the glass. In the process, the glass installer told us the driver's side had obviously been replaced before. Winnebago had no record of that on our file, and the dealer (who we had bought it from) denied any knowledge ...uh huh ...

From my experience, before agreeing to remove/replace the windshield, I would
1 - make every effort I could to stop the leak with the same glue they use to install the glass, or with caulk. It might mean having to remove and perhaps replace the rubber molding, but that is WAY cheaper than new glass!!
2 - try very hard to determine where the water is actually coming from (clearance lamps, antenna, etc on the roof) to be sure I cure not only the symptom (water getting inside the glass) but also the cause (possible roof leak).
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I know someone that can help you diagnose your leak problem. He will be at the NC rally. Check your Private messages for more info.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:03 PM   #10
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Find someone with an ultrasonic leak detector. It comes in two pieces. One piece goes inside the motorhome and emits a ultra high frequency sound. Roll up all the windows and take the sound detecting unit and run it along the windshield and lights etc. As the sound waves escape through the leak the detector picks it up and pinpoints it. A good glass shop might have one. They are also used by HVAC guys to find leaks in piping.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:42 PM   #11
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Had my leak repaired at the factory in Forest City this morning. They pressure tested it and the leak was actually in the center marker light.
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So they resealed the clearance light, which is where the water was coming from ...new gasket? ...or just caulk it?

But did they do anything with the windshield itself?
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:37 AM   #13
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They sealed around the marker light and the windshield and then pressure and water tested it.
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I had a leak in the front and the ant. shaft was loose and it did not have the wavey washer flat washer or the o ring. Thanks Winnebago.. I hope that fixes my problem. It only leaked with the ant down and parked while not level, nose down.

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