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Old 07-24-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Eagle HT 23.5 RBS Front Cap Fading Paint/Finish

After a little over a year of ownership, I noticed that a area about 8" wide and about 42" long just over the large "EAGLE" decals is faded and dull. The faded area is non the top panel of the cap and is not visible from the ground.

I had just washed the entire fifth wheel in May (Memorial Day) and it wasn't there at that point in time.

Is the cap painted or is this a gel coat finish? I tried to buff the area using RV wax and it made it a little shinier, but the area remains dull and cloudy.

I will probably get in touch with the a dealer and try and get the area fixed while still under warranty.

Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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Actually it was just brought up by another camper. Keep me posted as I have one on order and I imagine I'll be going through this process next.

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Old 07-24-2014, 04:54 PM   #3
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Thanks, I hope that may dealer will be cooperative.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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Dark Cap Gel Coat issues

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If you have a cap with the dark gel coat, odds are VERY GOOD you will encounter the oxidation, no mater what wax or how many times you wax it. At the first indication of oxidation, take it in to an authorized dealer and have them contact Jayco. There are only 2 options for this, 1- Replace the entire cap 2- Remove ALL the Gel-coat down to the fiberglass and repaint it. When Jayco authorized the repainting of our cap, we selected a LIGHT color (matched the side color) and not the original dark color. This was the BEST decision we could have made!!!! On the original dark gel coat the temperature of the cap was over 200 degrees, with the new white painted cap, it has maxed out at 119 degrees. The interior is a LOT cooler with the light paint.
This made a BIG difference for the TT's AC usage and days when we just use a fan. With the dark cap, the TT would heat up to 90 in no time at all.

If you decide on a different color than the original dark color, Jayco will tell you that the cap will be warranted but the lighter color paint will not be warranted, but since the warranty was going to run out this August we did not care, AND the RV dealer that painted it has a 5 year warranty on the paint job!

Win win situation for us!

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Had the same issue with my HT trailer. Took it to the dealer after 23 months of ownership. They contacted Jayco and got approval to get it painted at a local shop at a cost of $1,800. Paid by Jayco with no issues. My advice: get it done sooner than later.
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I wonder how the new paint jobs hold up? I assume I'll have to get mine done, and I will have it painted a light color.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:01 PM   #7
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I can't imagine it's the color causing the issues, unless they're using house paint! The colors are fine, it sounds like it's more about a lack of clearcoat.
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I think the heat being generated by these dark caps is accelerating the oxidation or chalking of the caps. You do see it on lighter color trailers, but not trailers only a year old. This is happening to all makes of trailers with dark caps in about 1 to 2 years. In this case I do think color has something to do with it. Perhaps a good clear coat would still protect it better but with as hot as these things get, its still going to break down quicker.
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Mustang65, you are in Florida, what dealer did you use and how much of a hassle was it approved by Jayco? I am in Florida also and know of dealers in Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers and St. Augustine.
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I used to paint cars and used automotive lacquers, enamels and urethanes and never had a finish, light or dark, oxidize within the first year, let alone three or four years for that matter. My dark gray truck as been sitting outside for three years without a problem except for stone dings and the occasional scratch, none of which are weather related. I would agree with teevman that the paint is of inferior quality or may lack a clear coat.
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