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Suncoast Designers: The solution for foggy RV windows

It’s a problem many many people who own older RVs face — foggy windows. Somehow, moisture gets trapped between two panes of glass. As the sun heats the window, water droplets form that makes it nearly impossible to see through the glass.

Depending upon the location of the glass, it can create a hazardous driving condition because of the blind spot it creates. Many RV dealers recommend simply replacing the glass, but that can be an expensive repair.

Fortunately, a Florida company specializes in removing, cleaning and reinstalling the problem panes.

The above picture was the view out of our kitchen window before we visited Suncoast Designers in Hudson, Fla. We had the same view out of the larger windows by our dinette and living room chairs.

We visited these folks three years ago to have the foggy cockpit windows repaired. They are pretty easy to find just off U.S. Hwy. 19 about one hour north of Tampa.

After removing the windows from the coach, they are brought inside and disassembled here. The panes are separated and all parts are marked.

The separated glass panes then go through this industrial glass cleaning machine. Only high pressure distilled, filtered and de-ionized water is used.

The panes pass through a wall into a dry air “clean room” where they are laid out and readied for application of new seal material.

The newly laminated panes are placed on a roller table to pass into the heated press where the machine is adjusted for the finished thickness of the laminated panes.

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The finished panes are then reassembled as technicians painstakingly work through a number of steps to ensure no moisture gets between the glass. After the window frames are finished, they are handed off to the outside crew for reassembly, re-caulking and water testing.

Rigs of every kind, from small gas rigs to Prevost conversion buses, come here for window work. Suncoast Designers even has about 20 sites offering water and 50-amp electricity. As a general rule, coaches arrive late in the afternoon one day, and the work is completed the next.

We were there for two nights due to the heavy workload in the shop. However, the prices are reasonable and each repaired window is warranted for 10 years.

Appointments are required, so visit www.suncoastdesigners.com to schedule one the next time you’re traveling through Florida.

About John Huggins

John Huggins is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded that job for the RV adventure in early 2005. He and his wife, Kathy, have traveled the nation chronicling their adventures at Living the RV Dream. They have authored several books and also produce a weekly podcast about the RV lifestyle.

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