Whether you own a traditional house or a home on wheels, there are repairs that come along with it. In the RV world, the Class A motorhome is well known for its grand view of the road and also for its high windshield replacement cost. Unlike a Class B or Class C, the windshield in a Class A is likely one to two large pieces of glass. When we made the decision to go with a Class A motorhome, we knew a windshield replacement was one of the items we had to set aside money for. This is our experience with our RV windshield repair and replacement.
RV Windshield Repair and Replacement
Repair the Damage Immediately
The first rock chip hurt, a lot. I cringed when we heard it hit the windshield and immediately called Progressive to have it repaired. Safelite AutoGlass came out the next morning to repaire the damage for $65. The full cost was covered by our Progressive full time RV policy.
Not All Repairs Work
Seven months later, the first repaired chip spidered out into a giant crack across the middle of the windshield. Nearly 10,000 miles and six rock chips later, it was time for a brand new windshield for the RV.
Install New Windshield at the Factory
We called Newmar for a recommendation on where to have the RV windshield replaced. Newmar customer service told us the one item they recommend having done at the factory is a RV windshield replacements. Installed incorrectly, the window could leak, get stress fractures or pop out. Newmar will cover all work performed by their technicians for one year from the date of installation.
New Windshields Need to Cure
Newmar kept our RV overnight to allow time for the windshield to cure and seal properly. It meant we had to find a dog friendly motel for the night. Our Progressive policy has emergency coverage that will pay up to $750 per incident. The claims representative in the glass department confirmed that the motel qualified under the emergency coverage. We pay up front and submit the receipt for reimbursement.
RV Windshields are Expensive
The one piece RV windshield was $1,450, that’s before labor, additional parts and tax. The final cost of the windshield replacement came out to $2,533. We met a Ventana owner that had their windshield replaced at the factory, their cost was around $2,900. Below is a portion of our invoice (tax not listed).
RV Windshield Insurance Coverage
The Progressive RV policy paid for a good portion of the cost. We had to pay a $500 deductible and cover the additional labor cost. Progressive shopped around for the cost of RV windshield replacement near the Newmar factory. Since another company quoted a cheaper labor rate, Progressive would only cover up to that cost. We had to pay for the additional labor cost of $326 by going through Newmar. The difference in labor cost was $326, so we ended up paying $826 total for the windshield repair.
NOTE: If you’re a Florida resident and have a Florida insurance policy, you don’t have to pay a deductible for windshield replacements. Read Technomadia’s post about their RV windshield experience for their vintage bus.
Luck of the Draw
Not sure there’s much we could have done to avoid all the rock chips and the crack. It came down to bad luck. There are products on the market that are made to strengthen the windshield. We have friends that have been on the road for years without any issues with their windshield.
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