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Old 12-27-2018, 10:48 AM   #1
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fiberglass checking on 2013 models and later?

Recently I noticed small hairline cracking in the paint and what was explained to me is this is an issue in the fiberglass called ďcheckingĒ. I contacted forest river expecting them to assist with a repair because this phenomenon should not be occurring in the sidewall of a 2013 coach. However, I was surprised by their response in that they said no one else with my vintage of coach (2013) is experiencing this. So I was curious is anyone else seeing this hairline spider cracking on the exterior sidewalls of their coach?
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:48 AM   #2
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Not yet..... 2017. Of course they're going to play dumb. The did the same to me when I told them I needed roller plates for my slides until I gave them a list of names they had sent them to..... You have pictures?
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:23 PM   #3
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You really thought FR was going to help ? Almost 6 years old , Iím surprised you even got a reply.
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:35 PM   #4
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They’ve sure helped multiple times before while out of warranty so, yes I did.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:35 PM   #5
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Our 2009 has it also, contacted FR when we first noticed it and they did not even want to acknowledge it was happening. They suggested to buff it out which would do nothing to fix problem. I think it is happening more than they want to admit.. Skip
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:43 PM   #6
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Fiberglass cracking

I had worked in the Fiberglass industry for 10 years. The problem is probably the fact that the gellcoat could have been applied to thin, and that the first layer of fiberglass was not not applied correctly. Are the fiberglass walls and other parts made in house or out sourced. Waxing will not fix this problem. I have a 2001 Bounder and the only areas that are cracking are small panels that are near the front wheels.
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2012 Mirada and we have serious cracks on the drivers side near the rear top corner. FR said to take it to a body shop and pay out of pocket.
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Got some estimates to have our fixed from 3 speciality shops, about 10k per side and figured it was not worth the expense. On the good side, ours has not gotten much worse in the past 5 years since we first noticed it. Skip
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Old 12-29-2018, 03:13 PM   #10
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:54 PM   #11
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I have never seen a laminated camper that had a little age on it that didn’t have some delamination. Would never buy one for that reason.
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I have never seen a laminated camper that had a little age on it that didnít have some delamination. Would never buy one for that reason.

He is not talking about delamination- ( the separation of layers) he is talking about checking in his paint.
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He's also not talking about a "laminated camper".
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Ever look closely at a five year old corvette? My 05 Forrester has no crazing/cracking.
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I have never seen a laminated camper that had a little age on it that didnít have some delamination. Would never buy one for that reason.
My 2004 Flagstaff with laminated sides and back has zero delamination. I imagine the original owner took excellent care of it. It has minor gel coat dullness in a few spots, but that should be easy to fix with some cleaning, polishing and waxing.
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I have never seen a laminated camper that had a little age on it that didnít have some delamination. Would never buy one for that reason.
I had a filon-sided Rockwood HTT for 10 years and NEVER had any delamination anywhere.
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paint cracking checking not de-laminating

Hi i saw your post, any updates? I have a 2014 a full painted Sunseeker and just noticed this on my paint in March while waxing it (The Black looks worst of all). I have read that it is caused by improperly cured siding / siding is out-gassing, and a few other things...and a couple things i have read implied it is a known issue with siding that came from overseas. It seems that the cracks have really accelerated in number now that it is getting hot out. The finish also does not look as smooth as 6 months ago, looks lumpy right now with the heat. Definitely a material issue. Certainly should not be happening on a four year old class C . Resale is now junk. And i am already upside down. It will cost $30 grand either way.



Kind of a side note: i noticed a lot of the new motorhomes and RVs are being painted a duller color, with very little black.



I have gone to two dealers who pretty much tell me SOL. Based on our friend google it is a $30,000 repair. Today i sent an email to FFR to see what they say.

But what i am really looking to find out is if there is a class action lawsuit already out there for this. I can't believe there are only two of us, LOL.
Very pissed off.



i miss my old 1994 RV, much better quality.
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:50 AM   #18
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Looks like FR replied and is asking for pictures and estimates to see if there is anything they can do to help me out. I do not have high expectations but it is better than the dealerships telling me to just go a way unless i have $30k to hand them.
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It takes more then a paint job to fix the checking. Search online for places that specializes in paint checking and send some pictures to get estimates. Think you will find out FR will back away quickly on any support. Skip
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:55 PM   #20
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Send me your email. I want to loop you in on my discussion with Forest River. I’ve already had a body shop inspect mine and dialogue with FR directly. Perhaps we can team up to get resolution on the checking issue. My email is Brian.border@gmail.com
Phone number is 310-261-3443
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