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Leaks and other questions


Bill and Judy LeMosy

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Yesterday we arrived at Sandy Oaks RV Park south of Ocala FL for the next 2 months, so we now have a chance to take stock of all that we have learned about our "new to us" Volvo in the last few weeks. We had the windshield replaced at the GATR shop prior to leaving Des Moines and after driving through a fair amount of rain going through TX, it's leaking. The black film on the inside of the glass has a gap about 1/8" wide that bubbles water as we're driving down the road. We're going to call around on Monday to find someplace to re-do the windshield which we hope will stop the leak. After reading the other recent thread on leaks, we pulled back the floor mat and found that the spongy part is soaked on the passenger side. We're hoping that the windshield is the only source of the problem. We're concerned about getting the mat dried out since we're afraid to try to pull out the seats to remove the mat. It sounds like they're pretty heavy.

 

We also found that the passenger side vent in the sleeper is leaking badly. It did a pretty good job of soaking the mattress at that end and leaked some water down into the storage box below. Upon examination, we found that it appears the frame around both vents is in sad shape. It appears to have been caulked previously and we're hoping that cleaning and re-caulking might help to seal it up a little better. Is there there any sort of seal that we might add to help keep it water tight?

 

 

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Thanks Jack and Star Dreamer. I'll give GATR a call tomorrow and see what they say. Anyone have any suggestions where, in the Ocala or Inverness, area we might have the windshield reset? I think there's a Volvo Truck dealership up in Gainesville but thought there might be something closer.

 

Bob A, I wasn't sure if you were talking about the leak in the windshield or the leaky vents. I'm guessing the vents since it looks like some caulking may have already been used across the bottom and in the corners. Thanks for the info. We have lots of caulk.

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Just as a point of interest, quite a few automotive glass folks will come to the truck. I've had that done twice. Make a few calls and ask. They usually don't charge extra for onsite replacement but you may have to make 1/2 a dozen calls to locate a business that can do the work. At the end of the day, the warranty is the same, the cost is close, and you don't waste time, money, and fuel buying a OEM windshield. My moon port on our 770 cost $145, in my driveway.

 

Paul

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I would deal with an experienced windshield installer long before any truck dealer. It is purely a matter of specialization. Most dealers call in an outside windshield guy anyway. Just cut out the middle man.

I have had 10 windshields replaced in this Freightliner (bonded in, not locking gasket). My best guy has an 80% no leak avg. It is a problem industry wide.

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Thanks Jeff. I talked with the GATR shop that installed the windshield today but the service manager was out today. Hope to get a call from him tomorrow. Also spoke with the Volvo dealership in Auburndale FL today and they said they normally outsource windshield installation and that any windshield installed by or on behalf of a Volvo dealership should be warrantied. Hopefully I'll hear from GATR tomorrow and find out how they want us to handle. Hope it works out.

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