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Old 10-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Broken picture window T-2499

A campground lawn mower through a rock through our picture window in the back of our 2007 T-2499. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get a replacement window? We have gorilla taped it totally on the inside and will do the same on the outside in the morning. The glass is shattered but still in the frame. We then plan to put a piece of plywood on the outside sandwiched between 3 pieces of furring strips inside and outside. Hope this will keep the whole window from falling out so we can travel home to Pittsburgh from the Land Between the Lakes in TN. We have a call into Camping World in Bowling Green, KY but no answer so far. Local RV center was no help.

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It sounds to me like you need glass replacement---not the window replaced..so I suggest you visit a glass replacement shop not CW...and I imagine the campground owner is taking care of the bill? Janalee
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This is tempered glass with rounded corners. Tempered glass cannot be cut in a glass shop. We need to find out where to get tempered glass made to fit.

Yes, the US Forestry Service insurance will pay for the replacement.
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Kathy and Rob,

If you strike out, here are 2 options for an entire window, frame and all.

First is Johnsons Surplus. I bought an entire window and screen from them. They do not have a web site, they sell on Ebay.

Axles, Rims and Tires items in Johnson's Surplus store on eBay!

Their phone number Johnson's Surplus in White Pigeon | Johnson's Surplus (269) 483-2249 # 12195 Us Highway 12, White Pigeon, MI 49099 | <Retail Shopping/Clothing/Military Surplus> - Yahoo! US Local

And just up the same road.
Bontragers Surplus Inc. |

Both of these places can/should be able to ship to your new campground. You will need to measure the length and height of the aluminum frame. Best to take a pic and email to them too once you talk with them.

They are both RV Surplus places and I have been to both. They have hundreds if not thousands of windows. They are new, just surplus and they will be low cost.

To replace, you will need butyl sealing tape for the outside flange. If you have never done one of these, it is not that hard. I had posted this somewhere.... can't find so here are the pics









This post may help, the window comes out and sets in the same as a door.
Entry Door Out of Square - (Lots of pics)

Hope this helps and good luck. Let us know how you make out. Others have the big rear window too. Myself included.

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Thanks, John. We will call them in the morning. It just suddenly got very windy. Hope the window does not blow out completely.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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Here is the window after the rock went through it. The lawn mower lady added the tape.
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One word: WOW....

Any luck on finding a window or glass?
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Not yet. We decided to board up the window to get home and then worry about it. Here is our fix from the outside. We used 1-1/2 rolls of Gorilla tape to totally cover the glass inside and outside. Then we sandwiched plywood on the outside and cardboard on the inside between 3 rows of furring strips. We drove about 200 miles today and nothing moved.
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Here it is from the inside. Thank goodness the shattered glass is still in place because it is going down to 28 tonight and at least the taped glass is another layer keeping out the cold.
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Good job! That is creative. It finally dawned on me, how are they getting those screws from the inside to the out? Duh... the entire glass is shattered, no problem getting screws through the glass...

That Gorilla tape is really good, isn’t it? Beats the plain duct tape, hands down. I have a role in the camper myself.

Have to tuck this one away in the memory cells if this ever comes up on ours and hope I never have to use it…

Thanks for sharing.

Best of luck on the replacement

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You have to cut the glass and then have it tempered.
We have a company here in Knoxville that does this service...
Inst I glass
There's in several states

None in pa, but check with your local glass shops.
With then paying the bill, just get a replacement
Framed window, it needs pulled anyway you go
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You certainly did a nice,neat and effective job...I agree with Wayne--Get the entire window for an assured fit! Good luck! Janalee
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So far we have been unable find an entire replacement window. This whole window is big - 5' wide x 3' high. Right now our plan when we get home is to take out the broken piece, lay it on paper and trace around it for the exact shape. Then we can get a piece of tempered glass made to fit.
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Be careful how you handle that glass. It is safety glass only in that it breaks into small very sharp pieces instead of huge jagged shards like a mirror or ordinary window glass. We had a rock sneak through the mirror arms and shatter the driver side glass on our truck--only the windshield is laminated. The pieces started falling out before I could stop and actually chipped the paint on the upper side of the door. One piece even put a small cut into the top of the vinyl door panel. Needless to say, I also got lots of little cuts on my fingers cleaning up a bit before I could get a vacuum. And we were 2000 mi. away from home, but luckily only an hour from our son's.

Good luck with the repair--a poor time of year to being doing that.

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This is tempered glass with rounded corners. Tempered glass cannot be cut in a glass shop. We need to find out where to get tempered glass made to fit.

Yes, the US Forestry Service insurance will pay for the replacement.
Correct tempered glass can not be cut but it's plan glass that has been tempered after it's cut. The better glass shops can make you any thing you want rounded edges and all then temper it.
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Yes, we know the glass is very sharp from cleaning it up inside the trailer. There was glass 2/3s of the way into the trailer. Our hope is that since it is totally gorilla taped inside and outside that we can lift it out of the frame still in one piece. Don't know what was still holding the glass bits together but we were successful in taping it with only 1 other small hole appearing.
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I needed a glass section for an old trailer of mine that was also curved on the corners. Went to a local glass shop that does windshields and stuff and they ordered the new glass right from Hehr.

So you should be able to find a shop that can order, and install, that piece of glass directly from Kinro.

Just be prepared to go to the glass shop with the dimensions of the window and that it's a Kinro, and they should be able to help.
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Thanks, Jon. Knowing the brand is Kinro should help.

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Just a thought...hopefully, you applied multi-directional tape. If you want to remove the glass in one piece, it will work better if the tape on one side is vertical and the other side horizontal. A layer of tape in each direction on inside and outside would be better. If all tape is going the same direction, you may end up with strips instead of a solid piece. The plywood/cardboard application looks good! Hope you have a leak-free replacement and great views of some nice scenery soon.
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Now you tell us. We put all the tape the same direction (horizontal) inside and out as we just wanted to get it taped before it fell apart. Maybe we will add another vertical layer on the inside before taking everything apart. Thanks for the input.
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