Niall Hampton

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Hedgerows and trees can scratch your motorhome's side windows – but don't worry, it's easy to replace damaged windows, with Niall Hampton's advice

Recently we assessed some scuff damage to the offside rear habitation window of our Bailey Approach Advance 665 long-termer. Fortunately, the catches and stays inside were undamaged, so the remedial work comprised of just fitting a new window pane.

We sourced the part via Bailey’s Parts Direct service (see below) and it cost £387.90, including VAT. 

Replacing the window is a 10-minute job. The window is supplied without stays and catches, so these will need to be transferred from the old window, if they are still in working order. 

How to replace a motorhome window 

It's relatively easy to replace a motorhome window, even if you're not a motorhome DIY expert. All you need is the spare part and an Allen key.

If you follow our series of step-by-step photographs, above, you should get it done in 10 minutes or so. The only cost was for the spare part, which was £387.90. 

Our window had been scuffed badly enough to warrant putting duct tape over it to prevent any possibility of water ingress.

So, with our spare window to hand, we first removed the duct tape.

The replacement window is supplied without the stays and latches, so the window furniture has to be transferred from the old window. 

This is an easy process. Use a small Allen key or ballpoint pen to release a retainer and slide the stay off. 

Now remove the protective film from the new window. With its latches and stays in situ, the window is now ready to be hung on the motorhome.

Offer up the window to the frame. To insert it on the rail, the unit must be held at a right angle to the sidewall. 

With the window hanging on the rail, lower it slightly and attach the stays to the window frame. 

Now that you've got the new window in position, just latch it shut securely from inside the ’van to make sure the rubber surround seals properly. And then the job is done!

Congratulations, and mind those overhanging hedges and branches!

Bailey Parts Direct Centre

We bought the replacement motorhome window from the recently expanded Bailey Parts Direct Centre. Now located in a building four times the size of its previous home, the centre has a new website and stocks a treasure-trove of more than 13,000 parts and accessories for motorhomes and outdoor living. 

If you've been in a scrape in your motorhome it's good to know that you can buy a replacement Approach SE Battery Box & Wet Locker Door kit for £69.99, for instance. There are replacement Heki rooflights, blinds, fly screens and Fiamma vents. Gifts are available, too. Fancy a Bailey LED torch for £11.94 or a Bailey brolly for £26.34, anyone? 

You can now browse for spare parts online at any time, and the online catalogue is backed up by 24-hour deliveries and seven-day support. Alternatively you can visit the new store, Bailey Parts Ltd, Unit 600, The Quadrant, Ash Ridge Road, Bristol BS32 4QA from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, or 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

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