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What You Need to Know About Windshield Replacement.
We live in one of the greatest states to road trip around and see the absolute beauty that Arizona has to offer. From the vast sandy desert speckled with saguaro and other cacti, to the rolling mountains just north of Phoenix, to the infamous Grand Canyon considered to be one of the world’s seven natural wonders. There are a lot of ways to get to these places and travelling via Recreational Vehicle, aka an RV, is one of the most popular. RVs are like small homes on the road. They make travel convenient and comfortable, but can certainly cost a pretty penny to not only purchase, but for upkeep as well.
As with any road trip, more time spent out on the open road, the more likely for windshield damage to occur. And when it comes to RV windshield replacement, it can be quite costly. RV windshield glass is some of the most expensive auto glass on the market. So, if you have a chipped or cracked windshield on your RV, it’s really important to get that windshield damage looked at as soon as possible for a higher likelihood that a simple (and cheaper!) windshield repair is sufficient.
Why RV Windshields Cost More?
So, why are RV windshields so much more expensive to replace? Much of it comes down to simple math and supply and demand. Slept through your Economics class? Me too! So, let’s boil it down to the basics. Say you drive a Honda Odyssey 🚐. It’s a great car. Roomy, comfortable, gets decent gas mileage, and it’s an amazing vehicle to transport kids to and from school and back and forth between sports and other events. There are also hundreds of thousands of Honda Odysseys on the road. Simple math: lots of people drive this van = lots of windshield replacements = high quantity makes the price come down. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That equation doesn’t look like the stuff I learned in math class either! 😜
So, now let’s do the math on RVs. There are simply way less RVs on the road that your average day-to-day vehicles. Because of this reduced quantity of demand, the individual cost to manufacturer them is much higher, which at the end of the day, means you pay more. Depending on the RV make and model and the location and severity of the windshield damage, the cost to replace your RV windshield may be in the $1,000’s!
What can you do to Save Money on your RV Windshield Replacement?
First, read the fine print on your Auto Insurance and Personal Property Insurance policies! Most auto insurance companies have add-ons available to help with windshield and auto glass coverage that include RVs as well. Educate yourself on what is and what is not covered so you aren’t surprised by the cost after the fact.
Second, have your windshield looked at when you first notice any windshield damage. Many times, your chipped RV windshield can simply be repaired, which is significantly cheaper than a full RV windshield replacement. At the very least, you will want to seal or patch those windshield dings to help prevent the damage from spreading. What may start as a very small chip, can quickly turn into a pretty nasty looking crack that can spread along the length of your windshield. Driving on rough roads or temperature changes, like the extreme heat of Arizona summers or the frost and snow you may experience up North during the winter, can all exacerbate your RV’s windshield damage.
Third, there are new products on the market that can help protect your RV windshield from potential damage. There are a few protective treatments out there that you can apply to your RV’s windshield and it helps fill in the microscopic dips found on all glass. This creates a smoother surface which will make gravel or other debris more likely to slip off the glass surface, hopefully avoiding significant windshield damage.
Does your RV have a Chipped or Cracked Windshield?
You’re in luck! Auto Glass 2020 has the specialists and expertise to get this job done the right way, and most importantly, the safe way! This is not a job to attempt on your own. RV windshield glass is expensive enough and you don’t want to risk breaking it during a DIY windshield repair or windshield replacement. Let our expert technicians do the install for you so you can be back on the road doing what you love! Call Auto Glass 2020 today at (480) 283-7751 or get a quote here!