wiper blades

Demystification: Framed vs Frameless Windshield Wiper Blades

We sell both framed and frameless windshield wiper blades in our online shop. So, what’s the difference? For many applications, not much. It often comes down to a matter of aesthetics. Do you like the clean profile of a single bar? Choose frameless. Do you prefer the high-performance look of a framed blade? Great.

framed windshield wiper blade

framed windshield wiper blade

frameless windshield wiper blade

frameless windshield wiper blade

That said, there are a few differences.

Framed Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 52” in length

  • Require slightly less force to stay on windshield

Frameless Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 32” in length

  • Include less steel, so can be beneficial in marine environments to avoid rust

  • Frequently preferred for RVs because they offer a streamlined appearance and don’t stand out against the tinted part of the windshield glass when at park

Whichever wiper blades you choose, note that all AM Equipment blades come with a protective plastic cover over the rubber portion. This cover ensures a longer lifespan for the rubber, plus it protects the graphite coating, which helps the blades travel smoothly across the glass. Don’t forget to remove the cover before use!

Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at AM Equipment!

We’re thankful for our customers! We hope your holiday is warm, happy, and full of good food!

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Don’t forget to check your windshield wipers if you’re driving over the holiday weekend. Equally importantly, don’t forget seconds of Great-Aunt Ruth’s sweet potatoes with marshmallows!

P.S. AM Equipment will be closed November 22 and 23 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

How To Measure Windshield Wiper Blades

Measuring windshield wiper blades is so simple, you might second guess yourself and wonder if there’s more to it. Nope!

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Use a tape measure to determine the length of the wiper blade along the rubber wiper edge. Round to the nearest inch, and there you go—you’ve got your wiper blade length!

We offer both framed and frameless standard duty wiper blades in our shop for all of your windshield-clearing needs.

Windshield Wiper Systems for Bus Conversions

Are you spending your summer transforming a retired bus into a sweet home on wheels?  Don't forget to replace your crusty old windshield wipers before you hit the highways and byways!

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If you have an older bus, you'll most likely need to replace your wiper blades.  Are the old ones leaving streaks, chattering, or squeaking?  That's a yes.

You may need to replace the whole shebang.  In that case, take a look at our MCI Wiper / Washer System Replacement Kit.

Keep that windshield clear.  Safety first!

Be Road-Trip-Ready with New Windshield Wipers

Seeing the Southwest in your RV?  Good for you!  Expect a dusty windshield.

Meandering down the coast in your motorhome?  Stunning!  Be ready for salt spray.

Doing the I-10 route in your rig?  Awesome!  Watch out for summer storms.

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Whether you're traversing the country or heading out for a long weekend, check the windshield wiper blades on your recreational vehicle before you go.  You may need a fresh set to keep your visibility at its best through insects, dust, and weather.  

The easiest way to replace your windshield wiper blades is to go with the style you already have.  The most popular types for RVs are 28" and 30" blades, either framed or frameless.  Place your order, then check out Atlas Obscura to plan some roadside stops!

Is It Time for New Wiper Blades?

There are a few ways to determine whether your current windshield wiper blades have overstayed their welcome. 

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First, take a look at them.  Does the rubber look cracked and brittle?  The result can be insufficient windshield wiping coverage.  Are the frames rusty?  That can happen when your blades have served you through winter weather or in a marine environment.  Also check to make sure the blades have good contact with the glass, since a bend can hinder them from doing their job.

The easiest way to know you need new blades is by using your current ones.  Do they leave streaks?  Make a squeaking sound?  Chatter across the windshield?  Probably time to say goodbye and start with fresh ones.  

How can you keep your blades working at their best as long as possible?  Make sure your windshield is clean, and never use your windshield wipers on dry glass.  Bear in mind, wiper blades aren't meant to last forever because rubber is a natural product that is affected by its environment.  We recommend inspecting your windshield wiper blades every six months and replacing as needed for maximum visibility.