If you’re a veteran RV’er, you probably know that replacing windows on your rig can be an expensive endeavor. And if you’re a new RV’er, let’s hope it’s a while before you have to face a window replacement. Not only are these windows expensive to replace due to their large size and specialized nature, but the lead time to obtain parts can also be weeks or even months. Don’t let a broken window slow down your next road trip. Use our tips and tricks to protect your glass during travel at the campsite and during storage in the off-season.
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The most obvious time when you should be concerned about protecting your RV’s windows is while rolling down the road. Rocks commonly kick up on the highway and easily can damage a window when they impact it at 55 miles per hour.
Many campers, travel trailers, and 5th wheels feature a front master bedroom with a sizeable forward-facing window. These windows are great for letting in natural light and giving the bedroom an open feel. However, they’re a prime target for rocks and other road debris due to its size and vertical angle.
Most campers come with a hard protective stone guard cover that fits in place over the window to keep the glass safe while in tow. If your trailer didn’t come with one, don’t worry. There are aftermarket options. The manufacturer might offer a cover as an accessory, or you might have a custom cover made. There are aftermarket options too, with mats that either strap into place or snap into place. The latter option will require you to install permanently mounted hardware.
Be sure your tow vehicle has adequate mudflaps installed. Mudflaps are especially crucial on larger trucks and vehicles with oversized tires that stick out past the fenders. Mudflaps will help ensure that any rocks kicked up by the tires hit the mud flaps first before they hit your trailer. The mud flaps help divert the stones back down to the ground instead of into the air.
Don’t worry, motorhome drivers; we didn’t forget about you. If your Class A, B, or C motorhome is like most, it probably features a large, mostly vertical, front windshield. Again, this is a prime target for rocks and other road debris. There aren’t exactly any accessories you can add to help prevent windshield damage, so it’s going to be up to you to ensure you’re following good driving habits.
If you tow a vehicle behind your motorhome to use after you set up camp, you’ll want to make sure you protect the glass in this vehicle too. Remember the risks of tailgating we discussed earlier? Towing a vehicle behind your RV is almost like tailgating an RV for hundred of miles. All the rocks and debris kicked up by the RV can cause damage to the vehicle being towed.
Many of the same principles apply to protecting this towed vehicle.
If you’re not on the road, you’re probably camping. Perhaps you’re camping in a crowded campground where neighbors are a bit too close for comfort. Those kids next door tossing a baseball don’t seem to be very accurate with their throws. A front stone cover or windshield protector can help here too. Not only will it add protection, it will add privacy too. For the side windows, external sunshades and protective films can help provide a bit of protection and privacy.
Perhaps the typical campground isn’t your style, and you prefer to get off the beaten path. Many RVers like to get into the backcountry for some privacy. And if you’re set up for it, you might be off the grid entirely and “boondocking.” Sometimes this calls for going down roads you’ve never been down. Sometimes tight roads where tree branches encroach taller RVs. In this case, you’ll want to make sure your side windows are protected.
There aren’ too many aftermarket options for this, but there are a couple. Exterior protective film can be installed and is probably the best option. You might be able to get creative and install temporary mats, or have custom covers made. The most significant help in keeping side windows from breaking in the backcountry is to simply be aware of your surroundings, drive cautiously, and don’t get in over your head.
If you’re storing your RV, or preparing it to ensure extreme weather such as an impending hurricane, there are a few things you may want to consider.
If your RV, motorhome, camper, 5th wheel, or travel trailer has suffered from a broken window, don’t worry! Glass.com has nationwide glass replacement services available for all types of RVs. Simply use Glass.com to request replacement services and get back on the road quickly.
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