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Among the undesirable sounds an RVer never wants to hear while rolling down the highway, a “crack” as another vehicle passes by is surely among them. You know… the sound a flying stone makes when it hits glass? Depending on how loud it is, the next thing you hear might be your heart pounding in your ears as you scan the view ahead, looking for a stone chip. Hopefully, the third sound you hear won’t be that of flying expletives.
As a former professional driving instructor, who spent many years training motorcoach operators in a large city, my internal auto-pilot maintains an extra-long following distance. But there are simply times when there’s no way to prevent a stone from striking the front of your rig. You can’t stop other vehicles from passing you on multi-lane highways, and you certainly have no control over oncoming traffic on secondary roads. When you spend so much time on the road, stone chips are a risk that goes with the territory.
Whether the stone hits the glass vs. the bodywork is the luck of the draw. Of course, a tall bus-like windshield like ours tilts the odds more in favor of “glass” since the target is larger.
Earlier this year, a truck sailed past with a “crack” that really made us jump. It sounded as though the Rock of Gibraltar had just hit our windshield. We scanned the glass feverishly, sure that it must have been broken, but we didn’t spot a thing. Could we have been that lucky?
About a half hour later, after having forgotten about our “Gibraltar” encounter, we spotted it. Creeping up from behind the highest part of the dash, right behind the steering wheel, there it was – a crack that had started right at the base of the windshield (where the stone hit) and was already over a foot long.
We didn’t replace the windshield ourselves, but documented the process as a professional did the job. If you’re on the West Coast or in the Desert Southwest, and you’re in need of a windshield, Mike Wilkinson of Wilkinson Glass did a great job for us, and we highly recommend his services. He comes right to your site, so you don’t even have to move your RV.
Check out Mike’s website for details: rvwindshieldglass.com
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