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Old 02-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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2009 EX-PORT 17C - is this something I should be concerned about?

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We are about to make our first camper purchase. Been tent camping for many, many years...

Read a ton on this and other forums....Found a really nice 2009 EX-PORT 17C...Negotiated for a fair price. We put a down payment on the camper about a month ago and are scheduled to pick it up soon.

Today I stopped by to show someone the camper and I noticed the right front lower curve of the camper is kinda bulging up a bit and has some give or flex to it. The center does not (solid) and the left side does have some give to it but is straight and not wavy.

I looked this thing over with a fine tooth comb before I put money down on it after reading about de-lamination issues with these fiberglass campers.

Is what I am seeing actually a lamination issue or do these trailers have some weakness in that area? It is near the bottom of the curve at the front. What concerns me is the center area is solid as a rock and this area is not. The rest of the camper looks great inside and out with nothing on the sides or roof that I have been able to see. Does not appear to be leaking anywhere inside where I checked which was just about everywhere.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 02-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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This is NOT from the camper in question...I just wanted to give a better idea of the area we are talking about.

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How far can you push it in? Does it at some point hit something solid? I know the diamond plate on ours moves a "little" bit, but you can feel the wood behind it.
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Yes, I can feel solid material behind it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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Without seeing an actual photo, your description sure sounds like some material separation taking place, possibly do to moisture. I would look closely at the wall joint seam and any areas above the area in question (bed slide-out seal, roof/wall seam). Check inside for any brown stains, this would be signs of unwanted moisture. Also pull the mattress out and check the wood deck.

Leaks around the bed slide-out are are very possible.

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You're probably ok, I don't think that outer skin on the curve part is actually glued to the wood behind it.

BUT, as Bob(Rustic Eagle) mentioned, I would thoroughly inspect the front cargo area for any signs of leaking. I would also, from under the camper, check the floor to make sure water isn't getting back inside the wall. Check all around the bunk end door, especially the bottom corners in front of the "shelf" inside the camper.
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Is there actually curved wood behind that area?
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I beleive the following pic is that of a 2009 Jay Feather Ex-Port 17C:



The front curved lower wall panel below the front bed lower-door hinge is part a bonded/layered front wall cap, and is also curved on the inside of cargo pass thru.

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or do these trailers have some weakness in that area?
I don't think so ... have never heard of one.

Can you have an inspection made of the 17Z, by someone qualified to make one, a condition of the sale?
Also, if you provide the VIN to Jayco at service@jayco.com they might be able to provide you with construction information.

Don't know what your time frame is. Good Luck.
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Gonna check this out tomorrow morning with my salesman and their technician. We are due to take delivery a week from Wednesday.

If this is a delamination issue, Is that area of a major concern? If its not due to a water leak, could it possibly get worse?
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