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Old 03-21-2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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The owner is responsible for inspecting the roof or paying someone else to do it yearly.
so that would mean the first inspection would be due at or before having owned the rv for one year. if it were to leak during that first year, wouldn't jayco then be responsible? I pay in the fall of each year to have my dealer winterize my TT. It costs $85, but includes a roof inspection. He then sends me a letter saying that it was winterized and the roof inspected, and no issues found. Of course I clean the roof a couple times each year and inspect it myself at that time. Guess that might not be a bad $85 investment as I have a signed letter from a jayco dealer stating that my roof is in fine shape!
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #12
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OK, not to be nitpicky, but what period of time is caulking covered by warranty on a brand new unit ? If owner is responsible for yearly inspecting and/or recaulking, does that mean Jayco will step up to the plate for up to the first year, but no longer ? If that is the case, why do they not state clearly in the 2 year warranty that it either excludes caulking altogether, or is limited to 1 year ? Nowhere in my owners manual or warranty statement does it mention anything about caulking not being covered for the full 2 years. It only states that the trailer and all parts thereof, except appliances and other parts (like tires) whose manufacturers have separate warranties, is covered for 2 years.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #13
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I originally took my in around the first year and was told no...was not covered by warranty.
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I understand that. Where the leak(s) is supposedly happening is along the rear molding. The dealer says that water is leaking through/around the screws. #1 - There is no caulking or sealant there now. Just the butyl tape underneath it. According to the dealer there is no way to inspect or reseal that area without completely removing the molding and put down new tape. Something they do not recommend to do. So, basically there is no way to "check the caulking" in that area. There is none.
There should have been calking on the screw heads... at least there was on mine... and if there had not been I would have put some on..
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #15
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Here is what my manual says about sealants:

"Caution:
Failure to properly maintain or reseal your RV may result in serious water damage to your RV. This damage is not covered by the Towable Limited Warranty."

Heres another excerpt

"It is recommended that you or your dealer inspect all sealants a minimum of every six months.Make sure to check all four sides of the RV including moldings, windows, doors, vents, and exterior attachments. Reseal as necessary as preventative maintenance.

Replace sealant and cap seal if you notice any cracks, gaps, lifting, looseness, shrinkage, voids, or any sign of physical deterioration.Complete your repairs immediately to prevent damage to your RV."

It goes on with more detail and pics of where and how to seal, etc, and so on. There is a page and a half just on sealing and sealing maintanence. Not saying this applies to the OP situation, just showing their policies and recommendations on sealing. It seems if you do not inspect and reseal every six months you are on your own for water entry repairs in many cases.
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It seems to me that if a trailer can't be guaranteed against leaks for two years as it comes from the factory, then the manufacturer is using a poor design, poor materials, or poor assembly techniques. I know that many trailer warranties have similar exclusions, and I know that I bought my trailer knowing these exclusions. But these exclusions also mean that trailer manufacturers (not just Jayco) who tout quality are not really providing quality to the consumer, and "bumper to bumper" warranties do not warranty all that the term "bumper to bumper" implies.
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It seems to me that if a trailer can't be guaranteed against leaks for two years as it comes from the factory, then the manufacturer is using a poor design, poor materials, or poor assembly techniques. I know that many trailer warranties have similar exclusions, and I know that I bought my trailer knowing these exclusions. But these exclusions also mean that trailer manufacturers (not just Jayco) who tout quality are not really providing quality to the consumer, and "bumper to bumper" warranties do not warranty all that the term "bumper to bumper" implies.
Agree 100%...I should not have to pay good money for a new RV and worry about leaks/sealant/etc within 6 months of buying it. In my case, there was NO indication of any leaks until the damage was done. Hard to prevent when you do not know it is there!
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I was up on my roof today and the rear seam is like yours, the roofing material folds over the back and the seam is under the molding where there is no visible caulk. There is nothing to really inspect or caulk there every 6 months unless you pulled all the molding out and removed the screws to expose the butyl which no one is going to do. If that is what was leaking I think you have a legitimate beef.
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I was up on my roof today and the rear seam is like yours, the roofing material folds over the back and the seam is under the molding where there is no visible caulk. There is nothing to really inspect or caulk there every 6 months unless you pulled all the molding out and removed the screws to expose the butyl which no one is going to do. If that is what was leaking I think you have a legitimate beef.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:35 PM   #20
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I feel for you on the leak issue, along with the escape window leak in our 24 FBS I also found a leak area in the lower front corner of the front cargo door. The sealant applied around the lower part of the door corner was sunken in (poor factory assembly line application) and it had a 1/8" hole that was allowing water to enter and flow down the wall floor plate and exit out along the floor approx 4-5' from the cargo hatch. This was a very hard leak area to locate and it was about ready to drive me nuts looking for it, the only way I found it was a couple of cargo door screws I examined were rusty and the floor wall plate was damp around the cargo door. I have pictures of the hole and the way the sealant was applied. I am hoping to be able to download and post my post my pics. I have also found sealant under the corner caps that has dried, cracked and pulled away from the TT siding that will also be getting resealed very soon. I wonder if Jayco looks at posts on this website?
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