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Old 01-02-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Jayco 2013 Eagle 284BHS Dark Front Cap – Heat Issue

Don’t get me wrong, we love our 2013 Eagle 284BHS, but it does have a “MAJOR” issue with the new dark brown front cap. It looks beautiful, but as the sun shines down on it, the caps temperature increases to 184+ degrees and the TT interior side of the cap, even with the extra insulation installed, is 135+ degrees. These are the December temperature readings and they were much higher in August. The interior temperature of the Eagle increased by 20+ degrees and the front bedroom gets extremely warm. I informed Jayco Customer Support of the heating issue and they acknowledged that there was going to be some additional heat during development, and inserted a little more insulation behind the dark cap. Obviously, Jayco did not do an actual temperature test when they were choosing the color combination for the 2013 or it would have been a deciding factor in NOT selecting dark brown for the cap color. So now, according to Jayco, I need to deal with it on my own, as they only suggested adding another air conditioner in the front bedroom. Not an option as we will be doing a lot of dry camping. Parking with the front of the Eagle facing north, is probably not going to take place either.

I really enjoy camping, but I “DO NOT” enjoy using the air conditioning whenever possible and when dry-camping AC is not even an option. I am looking for some ideas in resolving this problem. A few ideas that I came up with so far are to (1) repaint the cap ($$$) to the 2012 Eagle light color (2) Purchase those space insulating blankets and some how clip them over the cap while camping, (3) Installing a small exhaust DC fan in the cap (may void the warrantee, new location for critters to enter, may increase moisture behind cap).
I have attached the pictures with the temperature results for the dark cap and interior.

Any additional ideas?

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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That sucks. I hope i don't experience the same problem you're having. I just bought a Eagle 334rbts. I did get the 2nd A/C in the front bedroom and I live in Seattle, but we do have warm summers up here. They shouldn't have painted the front cap dark brown. I also have a 1999 Fleetwood Wilderness and it's all white aluminum on the outside and we never have hot temps inside. Good luck to all of us with the new Eagle.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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Don't know if this would work or not, but I'll give it a try. Looks like from the floor plan that you have two wardrobes and an over-the-bed cabinet. There is a type of insulating blanket that is used to keep car roofs and floors cool, that is basically a thin insulating blanket sandwiched between two layers of what looks like tin foil, but is much more flexible and stronger. Whole thing is about 1/2 inch thick, and has to be glued on. Comes in a roll. I have used it in old car restorations between the roof and the headliner material, and between the floor pans and the carpet. Works particularly well in old cars that don't have A/C. Not much heat gets through it. Could something like this be glued to the inside of the front cap, at least inside the wardrobes and cabinet where it wouldn't show ? Just a thought.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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There are many reports on this forum, as well as others, about the great customer support that Jayco has. Your situation is another opportunity for Jayco to once again prove that. Maybe explaining to Jayco and your dealer - in writing, certified mail with return receipt - about the problem would possibly help. Write the president of Jayco. Perhaps if you can get the attention of the right people at Jayco the response you get will be more satisfying.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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That's too bad about the dark front end, though it could be a good thing in cooler climates. But 184 degrees seems like it could cause damage to the trailer.

Good luck rectifying your issue.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the idea. The only way to get into the area behind the cap would be to remove the cap, and the way it looks from the inside is that there is no access. It would be a big project and probably would not go back together the same as it came apart. Either way, the warrantee would be in jeopardy. We are looking at purchasing a few of those thin "Space Blankets" that they use on the space station. Will look terrible, but it may do the trick. I know the material you are talking about, I put it in my 65 Mustang... works great!
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What about having the front of the trailer “wrapped” with car wrap material that is commonly used on cars, buses and subway cars. You can change the color to anything you want. Some applicators will even print a design on it.

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Wow, that was a great idea. Never thought of WRAPPING the cap. I will have to check that out!
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Thank you for bringing this to the attention of our forum. The whole industry seemed to go to the darkened front cover. The idea of having a wrap put on it was brilliant. Good on you. They could probably test the temp difference prior to choosing what color you want. This makes me wonder what the temp difference is between one with the dark cover and one with the fiberglass white front. Just one more good reason to be a forum member. This may sound wrong but could you spray a fine mist of cold water on the front cap during the hot part of the day to help lower the temp.
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I have the white fiberglass front cap on my 2012 Eagle 320 RLDS and have no heat issue. The 320 is a front bedroom w/ slide and slide cover. Getting it wrapped in a lighter color should help the problem. Good luck, Terry
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