How Long Does RV Windshield Replacement Take?

Cracks and chips in your RV's windshield not only look unsightly, but they compromise the structural integrity and can obscure visibility. When it's time for an RV windshield replacement, a common question is "How long will it take?" The timeframe depends on a few factors. Read on to learn what to expect.

Preparation Time

Before the RV windshield replacement can begin, some prep work needs to happen. The windshield needs to be ordered, which may take a few days or up to a week depending on the make and model. An appointment then needs to be scheduled with a qualified auto glass technician. At the appointment, the technician will assess the windshield and take precise measurements to ensure the new glass is cut to the proper dimensions. Expect at least 30 to 60 minutes for this process. Some additional disassembly may also be required to access the windshield.

Replacement Time

The actual RV windshield replacement process takes two to three hours on average. First, the old windshield is removed, which takes time as the glass is often sealed tightly to the frame. Care must be taken not to damage the surrounding RV body. Next, the new windshield is test fit to ensure proper alignment before being secured into place with urethane adhesive. The adhesive then needs ample time to cure and bond fully, which varies by product but is usually around one to two hours minimum. Some additional reassembly time may be required afterward. According to Kelley Blue Book, following windshield replacement, recalibrating the system to recognize targets can take up to three hours.

Total Time

All in all, you can expect the entire RV windshield replacement process to take approximately four to six hours from start to finish. This allows for preparation, new windshield ordering and delivery, removal and installation, adhesive curing, and any necessary reassembly. The total time can stretch longer depending on the RV make and model, the complexity of the job, the technician's schedule, and the adhesive cure time required. Carefully planned appointments will help optimize the workflow.

Careful planning and an experienced technician will help ensure your RV is back on the road with a fresh new windshield as quickly as possible. If you need your windshield replaced, reach out to Zorro Auto Glass today for an estimate. We look forward to assisting you!