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Old 04-04-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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Not Delamination: Is this water intrusion?

I have a love/ hate relationship with my 2015 Jayco J-flight 26BH. The love the memories, but hate the endless issues. I purchased this slightly used TT from the original owner and though it's less than a year old, the warranty expired as soon as it left the original owner. I figured reattaching the shelving with screws instead of staples would be easy enough. Finding the short in my usb wiring was tricky, but not impossible. The latest issue scares me though. Looked out my side view mirror in route to the campground and noticed raised fiberglass. Starts right at the level and runs diagonal, so I instantly though water/ delam. It's hard though and I'm thinking warping or intrusion. Any thoughts? Repair? Time to panic?

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I had a similar issue with the door on my outside kitchen. Mine was covered under warranty and they replaced the entire door. My dealer said it was delamination, not water intrusion.
I can't help you with the cost as mine was under warranty.

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I'm going to call the dealer and see if they will honor the warranty work even though Jayco's warranty clearly covers the original owner. Worst case, I'll be attempting the repair myself. I love a good challenge, but any error on my part will result in a bigger eye sore. What's throwing me off is the hardness of the raised part. If it's trapped moisture, I'm thinking I may be able to cut some small holes, use a heat gun on low to evaporate the moisture, and hopefully reseal the coating. Any idea what they did to repair yours?
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I'm doubting water, as the panels are generally layers of pressure bonded fiberglass. All the materials are inherently waterproof. If if there were ways for water to get in, there would be no warping like wood, unless it was subject to extreme freezing events. Maybe here in Minnesota (like OurJayco and me) but doubtful in Olympia. More likely is the pressure bonding wasn't 100%.
I had to repair mine due to an oops between the fifth and the truck. Standard auto body materials (fiberglass/Bondo) worked extremely well. The very hardest part is finding a paint match. Jayco ignored my request for help - color codes, selling a small quantity, or anything else. I found something that was 99% right. Hard to see until I point it out. But you may have to do some searching and enlist the help of auto body supply places to try for a custom colorimeter paint mix.
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I took her down to Texas in December and got caught up in some 3 degree temps coming back through Utah, but nothing like constant temps in Minnesota. Being in Washington, I assumed rain was the culprit, especially since it originates at the level which I figured must be screwed into the fiberglass. The level isn't accurate so it's coming off tomorrow and I'm going to investigate further. With the bulge being hard, I thought for sure there must be some plywood sub paneling warping underneath the fiberglass. Sucks Jayco didn't help you out more. So far I'm not impressed with my TT. I know I only dropped $15K for a first timer, but I expected basic craftsmanship skills even if the materials are flimsy. Staples are popping out on shelves and dinette back, screws are coming out at nearly every curtain slide, and blinds are even hung crooked. After I reinforce the cabinetry, I'm definitely going to be making some weather proofing/ insulation modifications. Too soon to say I'm done with travel trailers, but I'm almost sure my next one won't be Jayco. Thanks for the advice.
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Looks like the panel is pulling away from the framing at the lower edge. Likely the bulge higher up is related, and not caused by something else. Prior owner perhaps pushed it in with a dropped tailgate? Wonder if that sticker is covering a bit of the damage?
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The panels on RV's (except for curved fronts) are not fiberglass, but FRP. Fiberglas reinforced plastic panels. Cranes composites make most of these panels. They are similar to what you see in commercial kitchens, and the FRP sold at home depot. The bonding, when I visited the factory, in my opinion, left much to be desired. I would say the bond is 75% at best. FRP Panels by Crane Composites

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If you zoom way in on the picture you can see just below the sticker that the panel has been pushed in. You can see what I think is the floor, and the bottom weatherstrip has separated from the panel in that area. You better seal that area good so water doesn't get in at the floor, looks like a job for a repair shop on the panel if it bothers you to much, I would not waste my money repairing it, its only cosmetic damage.
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Is that leveler bubble thing screwed to the trailer, or stuck on with a sticker? Looks to me like the bubbling stems from that location. If screwed in place, I would be assuring the screw holes are adequately sealed.

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If you zoom way in on the picture you can see just below the sticker that the panel has been pushed in. You can see what I think is the floor, and the bottom weatherstrip has separated from the panel in that area. You better seal that area good so water doesn't get in at the floor, looks like a job for a repair shop on the panel if it bothers you to much, I would not waste my money repairing it, its only cosmetic damage.

I think you are looking at the picture wrong. The picture is on it's side (at least on my computer).
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