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Old 06-04-2019, 06:33 AM   #1
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Oxidation on Cap 2016 Eagle Fifth Wheel

I have a 2016 Eagle HT 27.5 RLTS with a oxidation (paint / gel coat fade) issue at the top of my front cap or about 18 inches from top connecting point where the cap meets the roof. This fade is across the width of the cap. Anybody else experiencing this ? If so how did you repair it?

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Old 06-04-2019, 08:29 AM   #2
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Welcome to the club....seems like most of us have had the same problem of pre mature deterioration of the clear coat on the caps of our FW. You can buff out the dry, faded spots, and wax it but it won't be a satisfactory or lasting solution. The only real fix is to have it repainted. Luckily mine was still under warranty and Jayco did it no charge. They also replaced all the decals on the cap. It's an industry wide problem and surprising that these manufacturers don't solve the problem.
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Old 06-04-2019, 01:56 PM   #3
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It's not a clear coat, it's Gel Coat. It's part of the fiberglass process. Cheap materials in RV gel coating is whats causing it. That and the darker colors are more susceptible. Only way to remedy it is to have it painted. Buffing and polishing only gives temporary relief.
Many MFG's use the same few cap makers, thus the wide range of brands that are affected.
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:23 PM   #4
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Hopefully I can stay ahead of the problem in my 2017 291rsts.

I have alternating about every 4 months between 303 UV protectant and 303 UV protectant and wax combo. Iíll probably keep it looking good just long enough for the warranty to expire, lol.
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It's not a clear coat, it's Gel Coat. It's part of the fiberglass process. Cheap materials in RV gel coating is whats causing it. That and the darker colors are more susceptible. Only way to remedy it is to have it painted. Buffing and polishing only gives temporary relief.
Many MFG's use the same few cap makers, thus the wide range of brands that are affected.
I thought it was Gelcoat also but have been corrected by many that claim Jayco uses a base coat/clear coat process. My Gelcoat boats have lasted a lot longer than these trailer caps have. Either way, a rattle can paint job would last longer than the trailer manufacturers way of doing it.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:47 AM   #6
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I am having the same problem with my 2017 on the top corners right now. So to me it looks like right now only the outer clear coat is being worn/washed away so I am hoping to stop its progress. I bought a can a high gloss exterior spray paint and once it stops raining here I am going to give those areas a few lights coats and see what it looks like. I have some body shop experience and can wet sand it if theres too much orange peal and I own a good buffer to shine it back up. Definitely needs to be stopped in its tracks.



*****Jayco if you ever read this stuff please stop this current gel coat process and try to build a better product regarding the front cap. I would gladly pay more for a real painted front cap up front on a new purchase. What your doing isnt working and your really pissing off the people that support you!*****
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I am having the same problem with my 2017 on the top corners right now. So to me it looks like right now only the outer clear coat is being worn/washed away so I am hoping to stop its progress. I bought a can a high gloss exterior spray paint and once it stops raining here I am going to give those areas a few lights coats and see what it looks like. I have some body shop experience and can wet sand it if theres too much orange peal and I own a good buffer to shine it back up. Definitely needs to be stopped in its tracks.



*****Jayco if you ever read this stuff please stop this current gel coat process and try to build a better product regarding the front cap. I would gladly pay more for a real painted front cap up front on a new purchase. What your doing isnt working and your really pissing off the people that support you!*****
I would like to second this request. Our 2017 Eagle 321rsts has oxidized. Jayco has authorized a sand and clearcoat. I am paying out of pocket to paint it myself.
Dang it Jayco you can do better and should for the price you want for these!
We have had a laundry list of stuff to deal with under warranty. This is our 4th Jayco since 2011. We like it. But not the issues.

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Has anyone considered a vinyl wrap on their cap?
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Has anyone considered a vinyl wrap on their cap?
Hows vinyl going to take bird strikes, stones and bugs and heavy sun uv?
Asking because I don't know?

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Has anyone considered a vinyl wrap on their cap?
I have, but the one and only company I spoke with said that the vinyl wrap comes in sheets that are 54" wide. The length is no problem, because it's on a roll. So you either need a horizontal seam or a vertical seam.

Again, that's only one place that I spoke to, maybe there are different sizes out there?
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