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Old 04-18-2019, 02:16 AM   #1
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Rusty Windshield Frame

I had hoped to be able to address the rusty frame from the inside. However, after getting it dried out the frame continues to shed rust flakes.

Can anyone recommend a shop in the Northeast that has experience with fixing this unique Winnebago problem?

The only specialist that I have found is Windshield Magic located in Oregon.

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Old 04-24-2019, 12:40 AM   #2
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With all the posts on this problem, I am surprise that no one has any input on a repair shop.

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Old 04-26-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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I remember reading a couple threads about repairs 4-5 months ago and I seem to remember that Duncan Glass in Elkhart, IN does that job. They really charge though. You could call them and ask if they recommend anyone in the NE.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:49 PM   #4
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Actually it's a bit more complicated. I had my rusty windshield done there. Duncan Glass was to have replaced my windshield, but when the frame rust was exposed, they had to take my RV to Duncan Systems, a separate facility next door that specializes in RV body work, accident repair, etc. Once they had rebuilt the metal windshield, Duncan Glass was able to replace the actual windshield. The moral is that not all "windshield glass replacement" shops may be able to handle the metal work to fix the frame. You will have to check around your area to see if the glass shop can handle both, or at least has a partnership with a shop for the metal work. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions for your part of the country.
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:39 AM   #5
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With all the posts on this problem, I am surprise that no one has any input on a repair shop.

Bruce
Doing a search on this forum is always a good idea. Try searching for "rust windshield" and you will get several hits.

You can also do the same search on other forums, such as the parent forum for winnieowners.com: iRV2 Forums
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:34 AM   #6
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Jim_HiTek and emiddleb,

Thank you for the helpful information. Duncan RV is close enough for me to consider.

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Old 05-02-2019, 09:59 AM   #7
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I had the same problem on my 2003 Journey 39DL. I took it to a local auto body shop (owned by a friend of mine) and they pulled the glass, sanded the frame to bare metal and then treated it with a rust coating material that according to my friend will prevent the frame from rusting in the future. My leak was only on the driver's side, but I had them pull the passenger side too. Good thing because even though it wasn't leaking yet, the rust had started there as well. Most body shops have their own "glass guy" so I would recommend starting with them rather than a glass shop.
One word of warning, if you have a curved glass windshield there is a very good chance that it will crack when they try to remove it (which happened to mine). IF this happens, do your own research but l recommend "RV Glass Solutions" (www.rvglassexperts.com/) for replacement glass. They were by far the least expensive and their delivery was timely and professional.
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Old 05-04-2019, 10:57 AM   #8
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Rusty windshield frame

I am having 2 panes replaced on my 2000 Ultimate Advantage 38K on Monday the 6th. I will let you all know IF there is a rust problem. I know I do have to replace the "carrier reviel." The rivets may have let go on the top of the center post and that caused a crack in each windshield. They are replacing the rubber molding around the complete frame and center and hoping all is well. Winnebago said I could get by with "some rust" around the frame. A good cleaning up and some sanding with rust preventative actions and I should be good to go IF there is some rust there. More later.
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Old 05-04-2019, 12:22 PM   #9
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Windshield Woes

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Old 05-05-2019, 02:05 PM   #10
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OMG....That is sick. I decided to get at it myself before they come Monday with the glass. I found only a few 2 inch long spots on top and bottom that was just surface rust, No holes, no bubbles. I wire brushed them clean and painted the areas with POR 15. It is the finest rust treatment paint there is @ $48.50 a quart too. I think I am good. The metal shelves, for the glass to sit on, are good. They have rubber tops that the panel sits on. ONE did not have the rubber spacer. Glass to metal edge and there is a crack right there. The flexing the MH did to avoid some road debris, led to the cracks also. More later. Thanks for the pic .
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:17 PM   #11
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Don't forget to take preventative measures or it's just going to happen again. Mine had the $$$$ repair done by a PO but by the time I bought it, it was again dripping inside the windshield. I went the Eternabond tape route over a year ago and so far, no problems.

IMHO, no matter what sealant is used and no matter how well it's applied, it is going to fail at some point in the future due to normal flexing of the frame. In any case, a strip of Eternabond tape isn't going to make things worse.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:04 AM   #12
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Winnebago's windshield design does not seal the outside area from water getting into and around the exterior side of the steel window frame. The rubber strip which goes all the way around the windshield is not and was not intended to be a weather seal.
The water does and will work it's way in and is supposed to slowly drain out the outside bottom of the windshield.
Winnebago has just done a poor job of prepping and painting the steel frame so it won't rust.
Modern day automobiles are built out of steel and are prepped and painted so they don't rust. I don't know why Winnebago doesn't use the same process as auto mfg do.
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I think we all know why Winnebago doesn't use a method of prep in the window frame that might cost them a few cents more.

Meanwhile, back in '17 (bought this Winnie in Feb. of 2016) I was finding out about the rusted window frame in my new to me '02 Journey. I had a couple water streaks on the inside of the drivers side window and a puddle on the left side of the dash. Came up with some fixes back in '17. Might be considered temporary somewhat but they're holding up well so far...Weather proofing the front windows
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I think we all know why Winnebago doesn't use a method of prep in the window frame that might cost them a few cents more.

Meanwhile, back in '17 (bought this Winnie in Feb. of 2016) I was finding out about the rusted window frame in my new to me '02 Journey. I had a couple water streaks on the inside of the drivers side window and a puddle on the left side of the dash. Came up with some fixes back in '17. Might be considered temporary somewhat but they're holding up well so far...Weather proofing the front windows
Excellent write up about the windshield rust problem. Also great video about how to treat the rust.
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