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Thanks to the brilliant mind of inventor Raymond Frank, the Class A motorhome, aka the recreational vehicle (RV) was born. Raymond Frank invented the RV to provide people with a comfortable and convenient way to travel and experience the great outdoors. An RV is more or less a cozy home on wheels where you have the freedom to travel at your speed.
Imagine driving an RV across the country and having regular sized auto glass for the windshield, side doors, etc. It would look strange, and nobody would drive in them. Why? An RV offers wide open area and room for you to enjoy; without having the beauty of the outdoors permeating through the windows, an RV trip would be a “regular drive”… and who wants that?
RV glass is large, can be expensive and is is crucial to the functionality and safety of your recreational vehicle, particularly those used for travelling on highways and roads. We will look at the impact of RV glass on vehicle safety, the distinction between OEM and OEE auto glass, the integration of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with RV glass, and the historical background of its invention.
The Purpose of RV Glass
An RV windshield is larger than 70-inches tall and 100-inches wide. That is a large piece of glass that must be handled by more than one person (best to get RW Auto Glass to do this for you). An RV windshield acts as a barrier between the driver and external elements such as wind, debris, and insects. It also provides structural support to the vehicle, preventing the roof from collapsing in the event of a rollover accident. Laminated glass, commonly used in windshields, consists of two layers of glass with a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in between. This design ensures that the glass remains intact upon impact, reducing the risk of shattering and protecting the occupants from flying glass shards.
Benefits of RV Glass
RV glass is designed to reduce noise and vibrations, creating a more comfortable and enjoyable journey for the occupants.
Improved thermal insulation properties have been integrated in with RV glass, reducing the transfer of heat and cold from the outside environment to the interior of the vehicle. This feature contributes to energy efficiency by reducing the reliance on air conditioning and heating systems, ultimately saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) integrated into and with RV glass has revolutionized the automotive industry. ADAS encompasses a range of technologies that assist drivers in various aspects of driving, including collision avoidance, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. These systems heavily rely on sensors and cameras, many of which are integrated into the windshield and other RV glass components.
Made in USA Auto Glass vs OEM Auto Glass vs OEE Auto Glass
Made in USA auto glass is produced in state-of-the-art facilities across the nation. USA auto glass undergoes rigorous testing to meet the highest industry standards. Made in China auto glass is usually imported from Shangdong Donghao Autoglass, or other such manufacturers, and does not meet OEM structure safety standards.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is produced by the same manufacturer that supplied the original windshield for the vehicle. It is designed to meet the exact specifications and quality standards set by the automaker. For more information visit What is OEM Auto Glass?"
Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) on the other hand, is manufactured by third-party companies and is often more affordable than OEM glass.
OEM glass is generally considered to be of higher quality due to its precise fit and adherence to the automaker's specifications. This is particularly important for modern windshields, which are often integrated with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. A properly installed windshield is crucial for the optimal functioning of these systems.