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Old 03-10-2015, 10:41 PM   #1
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gelcoat cracks

Tomorrow I'm taking my 33.5rets to the dealership for some mostly pretty minor warranty work. I've noticed that there are quite a few cracks in the gelcoat on the front nose cone concentrated in the upper passenger side corner. I first noticed these shortly after we purchased it new last July and I don't think they've gotten any worse. I'm curious if anyone else has experienced this and if Jayco did anything about it.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:27 AM   #2
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I had a small crack or imperfection in the gel-coat that I noticed a year after delivery. It was not a hole in the front cap but only a gel-coat crack.

My dealer got authorization from Jayco to have it repaired under warranty at a local fiberglass repair shop.
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I had a small 1-2" crack on the front cap in the center where it met the roof. Jayco replaced the entire cap.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:59 AM   #4
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Had a crack in our 2012 HT front cap up near the running light and Jayco replaced the whole cap under warranty.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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I had this same problem on two other trailers that we had, I don't understand with all the problems Jayco has with the fiberglass trailers, why the keep making them, or better yet, why do people keep buying them? I guess they must make a killing on them, and as long as people keep buying them they will keep making them.
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A small 2 inch imperfection would not warrant stopping production.
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A small 2 inch imperfection would not warrant stopping production.
Your Right about that, the thing is, a small 2 inch imperfection is not the only problems they have with the fiberglass trailers.
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Your Right about that, the thing is, a small 2 inch imperfection is not the only problems they have with the fiberglass trailers.

I have had 2 fiberglass rigs with zero problems. I prefer the durability over metal any day. Do you have any data to support your claim. I don't. Just what I have seen in mine and others.
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I have had 2 fiberglass rigs with zero problems. I prefer the durability over metal any day. Do you have any data to support your claim. I don't. Just what I have seen in mine and others.

At the campgrounds I have worked at I would guess at least 25% of TT and 5ers had issues with the fiberglass. I would guess we had, 4,000 to 5,000 of those units pass through each year. It's why i purchased metal. It is really hard to adhere (glue) two dissimilar materials together, who expand and contract at different rates, and not have issues. Things move, water enters and bam..you have issues. Metal is mechanically adhered and movement is built in to the system.. JMHO I do like the looks of the fiberglass, just not the issues.
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At the campgrounds I have worked at I would guess at least 25% of TT and 5ers had issues with the fiberglass. I would guess we had, 4,000 to 5,000 of those units pass through each year. It's why i purchased metal. It is really hard to adhere (glue) two dissimilar materials together, who expand and contract at different rates, and not have issues. Things move, water enters and bam..you have issues. Metal is mechanically adhered and movement is built in to the system.. JMHO I do like the looks of the fiberglass, just not the issues.
The places around here where we camp, it would be more like 40% like you, we went with metal this time. I've had my fill with the fiberglass.
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