You have an RV in a storage space, and it’s been waiting there for you for many months. Now it’s summer, and you’re ready to take the family out on an RV road trip once more. Although, before you jump behind the wheel and take off on your adventure, there are a couple of things you need to check up on. Just like with any vehicle, an RV needs regular examinations, such as tire, oil, and battery checks. However, an RV that’s been sitting around without movement for long periods of time needs even more attention and care. The major question you should ask yourself before you drive your RV is, do you need an RV glass replacement?
Here are a couple of ways to inspect the glass and make sure all is working properly:
Check for Scratches, Chips, and Cracks First off, you should look for any obvious scratches, chips and cracks. If your RV’s storage space is open, meaning that it is outdoors and doesn’t include a roof for protection, then a number of things could have gone wrong in the past couple of months to damage the windshield and windows. Perhaps a tree branch fell on the glass, either scratching it, cracking it, or shattering it altogether. Even if you find the littlest chip, make sure that you call your auto glass shop and ask about their RV glass replacement or repair options. After all, the smallest chip can turn into a crack, and a crack can lead to the glass shattering. Besides, if the windshield shatters, the roof of the RV could collapse, since the windshield is what holds the roof up and keeps it sturdy. In other words, for your safety and the safety of your family, be very thorough in your search for these damages, and don’t deny their existence when you see them out of fear that they’d be expensive to fix.
Check for Cracked Windshield Wipers Similarly, look at your wiper blades, and if you find that they are worn and cracked, then that is a clear sign that you need to replace them before you hop on the road. Old windshield wipers can scratch the glass, causing major destruction if not fixed in a timely manner. So don’t leave them as they are if you see that they are in a poor shape. Throw them out and get new ones. Just make sure what you buy is the exact fit for your car. You can always ask your auto shop for help finding the proper wiper blades. Also, before you drive the RV, test out the windshield wipers. Sometimes they might look well and still be in a terrible condition.
Check for Glass Mold Glass mold can occur if your RV has been sitting around for months in an open area. Without a change of air and if there is condensation around the RV, mold will find your RV to be the perfect place for its growth. Mold is dangerous when found in your car, particularly on your windows, as it can destroy the glass. As a result, if you find mold anywhere on the glass, then immediately get an RV glass replacement.
Check for Cracking or Moldy Window Seals Finding mold on the glass isn’t as worse as finding mold on your window seals. Mold can easily eat at the window seals, and over time, your windshield and windows might break from the destruction to the window seals. Thus, survey the window seals, looking for both mold and cracks. If you find cracks but not mold, then that is still indication that there is something wrong. It is recommended that you call your auto glass store to see if a professional can come and look at the glass too.
Check for Bird Droppings and Other Dirt Ok, so, bird droppings and dirt aren’t the worst things you have to look out for on this list. Nevertheless, you should never drive your RV on a long trip if the glass is filthy. You need to be able to see the road clearly. Besides, how can you know if the glass isn’t scratched or chipped if there is dirt in the way? You should always wash the glass properly.
If your RV has been parked for a long time and you plan on driving it again during the summer, you should always check for the health of the glass and determine if you need an RV glass replacement. Use the tips above for guidance.