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Old 05-01-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Window exploded

We we halfway between Dallas and Orlando and out of the blue the small window on the drivers side that Is on top of the slider exploded. I Don't think a rock hit it or anything. I had to pull into a walmart and do a duct tape fix. I don't know if the frame was binding the window or what? I am wondering if it is possible that we had high pressure in the RV and it blew out the window, or at least aided in the process. Has anyone else had a problem like this?
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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It's odd, but I've seen it happen before. Going down the road our rigs experience a 3-5 Richter scale earthquake, the sidewalls are flexing, thus the window frames are flexing. One thing causes a bit too much concentrated pressure and the tempered glass shatters. Or it could have been a rock from another car, glancing it just right. Whomever fixes it will hopefully inspect the channel for anything like a screw that's too long or something else in the area.

If your ears weren't popping, the pressure should have been fine. It takes a lot to push a properly installed window out, you'd have known it had that been the case.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #3
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Some of you older FROGS will remember back in the 50's the back windows of some cars would explode into a thousand bits with no warning. That was blamed on everything from vandals to aliens. Turned out to be defects in the window mounting frame and as it contracted during the cool night air, they would press on the window and BOOM.

It could be replicated with a center punch on the edge of a tempered glass panel.

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Old 05-01-2014, 07:03 PM   #4
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Did the window explode in or out?

We were hit by a marble (lucky shot) at 55MPH in the left rear of our car.
I found the marble in the glass WHAT A MESS!

We've had a couple of sun roofs explode at speed on our toad forum.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:34 AM   #5
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Most of the glass went out. I'm thinking perhaps the frame is not mounted properly or something.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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I would check for a 22 cal bullet hole opposite the window.
Fragments be in a pillow.

Idiots shoot at trucks and campers occasionally. Since most do not know how to lead a target; most miss. Some hit the vehicle behind the one they are aiming at.
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I would check for a 22 cal bullet hole opposite the window.
Fragments be in a pillow.

Idiots shoot at trucks and campers occasionally. Since most do not know how to lead a target; most miss. Some hit the vehicle behind the one they are aiming at.
The kid that shot our car was in a moving school bus, probably aimed for the front window.
LOTS OF GLASS in the car!

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Old 05-02-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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It could be nickel sulfide inclusion in the glass. These are impurities that are in the glass at the time of manufacturing. They will cause tempered glass to spontaneously break if the glass is exposed to the right conditions. Tempered glass will not stay in the frame when it breaks!
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Preadus, Wow that sucks! Only RV experience I've had was when the side passenger window on my previous rig, Allegro, exploded into a million pieces when I went to close it. Never could figure out what caused that to happen. I had to replace the entire window frame and all, told by local glass shops that they can not replace tempered glass. Glad I had full glass coverage to foot the bill.

I did have a rear window explode on my Ford Bronco while driving. Scared the heck out of me and my kids as it was pitch black out. Thought someone shot it out from the side of the road. I did file a police report because again I never found out why it exploded so violently.
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