Windows & Doors

He said…

Back in September our escape hatch  (aka egress window which is the window in the bedroom that is used to abandon the RV  if we can’t get to the front door) shattered while driving down the road. In effect, this window is our back door!

Able to Tape the Window Before It Shattered to the Ground

A quick check of our insurance told us we have a $1000 deductible and knew this repair to be less than that. So no luck there.  We called our extended warranty people and they “don’t do windows.”  We called Fleetwood (the manufacturer of our RV) to see if they’d cover it under warranty; their answer “this isn’t a known problem, so… No.”

Ta – Da!  I get to fix it.

Granted, I could have taken it to an RV service center somewhere and paid them about $90 an hour to do it… But that just hurts to watch someone else get money for something that should be within my capabilities (unless I’m being lazy at the time and just want someone else to do the manual labor).

Since I thought I could do it – it was time to do some research. Thankfully, the RV Geeks uploaded a video that showed the general idea on how to replace the window.  I just hoped that my window was similar to what they showed on Youtube.

I ordered the replacement window on September 30th from Fleetwood. It finally showed up at our doorstep about November 13th.  There were some less than pleasant thoughts that I’d never get the window!

So I got started…

Step 1: Prep the area outside “just in case the window falls to the ground”.
Step 2: Remove the valance and shades to get access to the window.


Step 3: Remove the 20 something screws holding the inside frame in place.
Step 4: Remove the frame from the window.
Step 5: Remove the window.
Step 6: Enjoy the view that has been hidden by duct tape for six weeks.
Step 7: Get back to work and clean the edges with mineral spirits.
Step 8: Use double sticky back tape on the outside frame of the window and install it and tape it so it doesn’t fall out as I screw the inside frame back on.

Finished it off by putting everything on the inside back where it started (ie the valance and shades).

The price of the materials needed, besides the window itself which is about $300 with shipping, is about $20.  Total time to do the job about an hour and a half!

And I think that’s it!  I’ll know for sure once we start driving down the road. But, for right now, we have a view again and neither the rain nor the wind is getting into the bedroom!

Next up… Doors & Windows!


3 thoughts on “Windows & Doors

  1. One hint for a future window repair, Shannon…go direct to the window manufacturer. Most of them are non-proprietary, so you can do that. I did it with our front window when we owned a Sunline travel trailer and it was amazingly reasonable. You might end up saving a bundle, plus get it a lot quicker. Just a thought.

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