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Old 04-10-2017, 09:41 PM   #1
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When not to mow the lawn

The very best time to mow the lawn is when the trailer isn't around, as I discovered this morning. Yesterday Dirk mowed the lawn. Yep, you guessed it.

A rock went flying and shattered the left rear side window. I didn't discover it until I went out there this AM to put some stuff in there for my upcoming trip.

WTF?!?!??!?!

A very frustrating day ensued of calling just about every place I could between ETI and Corvallis OR (where I'm headed on Thursday). Thinking I could get it replaced at home, on the road or where I was staying. Half the places never got back to me with a quote or to even tell me they can't do it. Great customer service - yeah, don't think so.

Discovered it's not quite so easy to get a replacement for a side window. Motorhome windshield - piece of cake. And even from places that claimed to have a huge inventory on windows. Nope.

ETI has one, but couldn't fit me in until Thursday (I think; I never got a call back telling me they still had an opening and I finally called saying to forget about it). I was hoping for sooner; therefore all the calling around today.

Dirk came home, looked at it and said he could put in a replacement piece of plexiglass until we can replace the window. So, off to Lowe's where they cut a big sheet down for us.

Went to take the window out by pushing against the exit pole from the inside. DOINK! Right on top of Dirk, who was outside the window. Glass all over the place. Good thing we don't have a barefoot type of yard as it sure isn't now in that area, even after taking a trowel to the broken bits of glass.

We're also racing against all the heavy rains that have been coming through off and on all day long. Got a piece trimmed and taped it in place literally seconds before it started dumping rain again.

Oh, I might add that the inside window is fine, so half the work for Dirk now.

Next up is removing the bits of glass still adhered to the frame. Any suggestions on that? It might be stuck to epoxy or some such (clueless about all that).

Dirk might be taking the day off tomorrow but he promises he'll have something going for me for when I leave on Thursday. What a guy!

Not sure if the first photo will show the cracks, but the one taken from inside definitely does.

BTW, if anyone needs to replace it, it's a Hehr model #6473 20"x30" exit window. $375 to replace and $95/hour for two hours to install at ETI. Please note I have the new style, so it's a frameless window.

Later on I'll find out about ordering a replacement directly from Hehr.

So, now I have a great excuse to leave. "Hey Dirk, I think the lawn needs mowing so I'd better head out of here".
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:49 PM   #2
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Ouch. You might try these people, in Vancouver, WA: Rv Window Repair, Replacement Windows For Rv | Motionwindows.Com
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Ouch. You might try these people, in Vancouver, WA: Rv Window Repair, Replacement Windows For Rv | Motionwindows.Com
I did. 6 weeks to get the window in.
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Sorry to hear about this unfortunate mishap. Tough luck all around. Hope you are able to get a replacement installed soon and at a reasonable price.
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being that those HEHR frameless are relatively new and Thermal dual pane, might be difficult to find one off the shelf except at ETI....have not seen a single RV trailer that uses HEHR frameless windows (Except Escape) in the last year while visiting RV shows and dealers but rather some other brand seems popular. The good news is you are close to ETI, who probably has one.
So it shattered the outside glass pane and not the inner glass pane of the same window?
Did RV insurance cover it possibly....perhaps not much difference, a rock from a mower versus rock from a passing vehicle...
the blue tape color does look good, better than grey duct tape.
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"But for the grace of God...." Thanks for the heads-up, Laura. With a gravel driveway next to where we park our new 21', and small rocks occasionally being thrown by car tires out into the grass, the same could easily happen to us. Note to me - check for rocks in the grass alongside our driveway and mow that area with the grass chute pointed away from the trailer!
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:07 PM   #7
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A couple of years ago my neighbor was mowing his lawn (parking strip) and my car was parked to the left of my Mom's car, both perpendicular to the direction of his mowing and about 20 feet away. A rock from the mower hit my front passenger side window. Not the rear window which was facing the mower but the one between the two cars, at a right angle to the strip he was mowing! But luckily in that case his homeowner's paid for the window.
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Nice temporary repair

The whole event sucks but you did and excellent job on the temp repair.

I am going to leave my lawn unmowed this year lesson learned.
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Next up is removing the bits of glass still adhered to the frame. Any suggestions on that? It might be stuck to epoxy or some such (clueless about all that).
It's glass stuck to a metal frame, in a vehicle, so a good guess would be that it is glued with the same stuff used for automotive windshields... which is some variety of urethane. Urethane stays somewhat flexible, while epoxy glues tend to get much harder. You could ask an auto glass shop for suggestions, but I think they all cut urethane off (typically with a knife blade in a reciprocating saw) and scrape the rest.

Do you have an oscillating power tool?
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Thanks for the comments, everyone. I posted this, in large part, so others can be aware of rocks flying towards your trailer. And to give you an excuse to take it out while someone else mows your lawn!

The glass was so shattered we weren't able to tell exactly where the rock hit, but it did fly up rather high.

We'll probably end up getting one from ETI - either they ship it to us ($50 freight) and Dirk installs it, or I haul the trailer up there. And I can hang out in their reception area and test out the new chairs while waiting for two hours. Just not the day I'm planning on heading the opposite direction.

Dirk did get off all the glass bits and he said it took all of his strength and then some. He said I'd never have gotten it off - he's right on that!

We'll see what happens tomorrow. It's not supposed to rain as much (if at all!) so that will help quite a bit. The two pieces of glass and plexiglass will be held on with some sort of double back tape recommended by the guy at Lowe's that restores/repairs snowmobiles and has done the same for the windscreen.
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