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Old 01-06-2013, 10:05 PM   #11
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If anyone is interested in checking the temperature on their RV, house or what ever, check with your local library as our county systen has 5 or 6 digital heat sensing units to check out for 2 weeks. Today I sent a request for a quote on wrapping the Eagle cap. I will let everone know the cost.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:13 PM   #12
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I wonder if any of those wrap manufacturers have a special heat coating available on the material? That would be cool.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:15 AM   #13
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I'm sure all of the posters here mean well with their suggestions, but a new trailer that hits an interior temperature of 135 degrees in December is a problem that Jayco needs to fix. The solution is either paint it or re-gelcoat it to a light color, and Jayco should take care of it, then think about reverting to a lighter color in manufacturing. There have to be owners out there with the same problem that are going to experience the same problem and will think it's an insulation or air conditioner issue. Bottom line... It's unacceptable
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #14
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I have observed many design shortcomings in RV's over the years. It does make it quite obvious many of these design engineers are not users of these products. The only way manufacturers will override these engineers is to get a sufficient number of our (the real users) complaints and they can see a detrimental effect on profits. Unfortunately that process is far too slow to realize much customer benefit. Then you have new models with new engineers and a new set of design flaws. Whether it be the basic RV or the 3rd party appliance and systems suppliers the problem exists in both areas. We, the end users, are tasked with coming up with modifications to address the deficiencies. There are many of us coming up with various solutions and forums such as this gets the knowledge passed around. The manufacturers count beans. We, the end users, count functionality and convenience.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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Many manufacturers have gone to Dark Color Caps to get a more custom look.

At first look they do look good but in the South the Dark Colors are hard to cool in the hot sun.

I am glad our Pinnacle is "plane ole white", much eaiser to keep cool than the dark colors.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #16
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The 134 degree temperature is on the inside wall of the closet and overhead storage. IT radiates through the door and heats up the inside of the trailer. Still waiting for the quote on wrapplng the cap with a lighter color.
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So I have been reading for a number of months and was ready to buy either a Jayco or a Forest River Heritage Glen 5w, and noted the dark front caps on both of them. The Forest River even has a back A/C cover on the roof top. It is almost as if the designers had no clue how much heat is absorbed by dark material. Do you think that wrapping the cap might void the warranty, especially if there are any cracks on the cap?
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Just talked to a 2013 Eagle TT owner down a couple of sites who has the the dark front cap and he is not seeing those high temps.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #19
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Subjects: Wrap Waranty (Jayco), Current Wrap Quote Status, Front temperature.

First, Larry G, thanks for your input! Where is the 2013 Eagle located now (State), is it in a shaded site and in which direction it the cap facing. I am wondering if maybe the insulation behind the cap may have dropped? I have to figure a way of looking inside the cap area to check the insulation. It looks like I am going to have to buy one of those long neck cameras with the LED light and a LCD display to sneak a look. The plot thickens.
Today the outside temperature was 81 and the digital thermometer (borrowed one of the wireless sensors from my personal weather station) inside the storage cabinet above the bed was 96 degrees, give or take 1/10th of a degree. It was a hazy day, so the sun was not at its peak performance.

Current Wrap Quote Status: I received a call from the company letting me know that they received my request and they will have an estimat in the next couple of days.

Regarding Jayco's response to the "High Heat" temperature and regarding the waranty, and my options, here is the response I received:

Dear ....,
In today’s competitive market, we can never relax our efforts to provide the quality that our customers expect and deserve. As is often the case, changes are made to our units and those changes are not always accepted by all of our customers. With that being said, I forwarded your concern to our Director of Operations, there was a recognition that darker colors do attract more heat and as a result we did put in additional insulation behind the cap. We have R-14 insulation blanketing the entire front wall behind the cap. Your concern is the first that has been reported to us. Our Director stated that “We will certainly consider this as we make future decisions regarding exterior colors in our products.”

I also reviewed your concern with our National Customer Svc. Manager. There are a couple of options available, however these options would not fall under our limited warranty and any accrued cost would be your responsibility. The 2013- Eagle 284BHS has the option for a second air conditioner to be installed in the front bedroom area. I mentioned how much dry camping you will be doing so our first option may not be an option. The other option is to paint the front cap. You stated in your correspondence that you were told this would void the Jayco warranty. I believe there is some confusion on what is voided. When you paint the front cap, because this is considered a modification, Jayco would not be responsible for the painting of the cap. Therefore we would void the front cap for exterior cosmetic issued relating to the paint. The front cap would still have the warranty for structural defects for the remaining period of your Jayco 2 year limited warranty.
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You know, they might have just "forgotten" to add insulation under the cap. Stranger things have happened.
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