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Old 05-22-2018, 09:17 AM   #1
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Cap separating from main "box".

I bought this coach used in October 2017 & I saw no obvious damages. CarFax says no accidents or incidents reported.
The first weekend of May I drove from Michigan to North Carolina for a Jeep event in Uwharrie. I had my Jeep inside my enclosed trailer.
Somewhere south of Winston-Salem on U.S. 52 I hit a transition "ramp" from freshly ground up pavement to old pavement. This transition was extremely rough. I was doing the construction speed limit of 55. Approximately 30 minutes later I stopped the rig so my girlfriend co go outside for a cigarette. At that time she noticed a trim piece pulling away from the side of the coach, just above the passenger door. 18" long or so, flapping in the wind.
I Gorilla taped it back in place. Then I noticed more apparent separation beginning. More tape until I could get back to Michigan.
At every stop for fuel, food, smoke breaks etc. I looked over the rig to ensure the damage wasn't getting worse. It seemed to be separating more and more.
We finally made it back home and then the Insurance Claim fiasco began. Bottom Line...Claim Denied.
What are my best options?

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Old 05-22-2018, 09:53 AM   #2
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Contact the JAYCO service center and send them pics. The repair will be on your dime since it's used coach.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:09 AM   #3
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Went to Middlebury to get mine fixed. Factory service did a crappy job. Screws started backing out by the time I got to Georgia. Factory said this was a common problem. Took pictures and sent to Jayco and they said fix it and they would pay for it. Still waiting on the $540 check. Found a fiberglass place in Louisiana that fixed it right. Jayco didnít use long enough screws both times!
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:12 AM   #4
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I just got off the phone w/ Jayco. The lady I spoke with took my pics out to the shop to ask what they thought. They said the screws likely have backed out so...


1: Remove trim
2: Screw metal rail, under trim, back in place. Use longer screw if needed.
3: Reinstall trim
4: Reseal trim using clear "Quad Sealant".
5: Drink beer...I added this!!!


Jayco does not think this is structural. I surely hope that is accurate.
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Hope Jayco is right and it's an easy fix.

Question...why are you towing a jeep wrangler in a enclosed trailer???

Jeeps are one of the best and easiest vehicles to tow 4 down.

I fiqured it might be that you do a lot of offroad stuff and are afraid of breaking something and not being able to tow 4 down home?
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Hope Jayco is right and it's an easy fix.

Question...why are you towing a jeep wrangler in a enclosed trailer???

Jeeps are one of the best and easiest vehicles to tow 4 down.

I fiqured it might be that you do a lot of offroad stuff and are afraid of breaking something and not being able to tow 4 down home?
Thanks, I hope so too.


The reason the Jeep goes in the trailer is because of the reason you stated. Last trip out a broke an axle shaft and the bits tore up my ring & pinion. Trip before that I bent a lower control arm. I have a full repair shop in the trailer.



I don't mind the "pay to play", but I don't think the RV damage falls into that category.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:44 AM   #7
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The reason the Jeep goes in the trailer is because of the reason you stated. Last trip out a broke an axle shaft and the bits tore up my ring & pinion. Trip before that I bent a lower control arm. I have a full repair shop in the trailer.
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Same reason Iíd rather trailer my Jeep....been there with broken parts.
Having the trailer made it super simple to get back home.


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When trailering, what vehicle tie offs do you use (if any)?
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2: Screw metal rail, under trim, back in place. Use longer screw if needed.
If it was mine I would look into going up one size too, not just longer. I would also add Quad Sealer to the threads to keep them from loosening up.
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When trailering, what vehicle tie offs do you use (if any)?
Certainly I would tie off on all 4 corners. I prefer to tie down to my D-rings. Others will tie to the axles. Use 4 separate straps & ratchets.
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