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Old 05-21-2015, 10:06 AM   #11
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OP just asked for opinions. Legitimate question. No need for criticism. Hope he gets it straightened out.
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:23 PM   #12
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Your in luck as your rig is still under warranty. FR will have to do something, although the only way to really fix it is to replace the entire roof. Whether or not they will go that far--rots a ruck.
My 2012 Lexi developed several small cracks about 6 months out of warranty. Contacted FR and I could tell they were just tickled pink that it was out of warranty and that it was my problem.
I believe the roof isn't fiberglass, but a type of fiberglass/plastic composit of some type that is very thin. My cracks developed in no particular area, just here and there, but along the sides.
My solution was to clean each area with mineral spirits, than acetone. Drilled some small holes at the end of each crack to prevent them from getting longer. Spread some Dicor along the crack and forced it into the crack. Let it dry and than covered the repair with Eternabond tape. Holding up very well, and not noticeable unless your on the roof.
In your case the cracks are much worse than mine, and in your shoes I would not let up on FR. Cracks that close to the edge can only lead to problems down the line. Think of what has to be done to replace an entire roof, what must be removed, ect, and to do it right its a factory job, not a repair I'd trust to a dealer.
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:26 PM   #13
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What is the warranty on fiberglass roof from Forest River you have a decent warranty on rubber roofs probably 10 years minimum on defects I know Fleetwood stood behind there fiberglass roof longer than a year because they replaced mine on Revolution about 2 years after I bought it


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Old 05-21-2015, 03:45 PM   #14
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Boso, as far as I've been able to find out, at least on mine, it was a year. I did a bit of digging and when FR first started using these types of roof's, it was a period of several years. Remember seeing an old Lexi brosure where I think the roof warranty was 10 years (I think).
I was told that the roofs were manufactured by an outside vendor, and that in 2011 or 2012 some of the roofs were apparently not made to specs, causing some cracks to occur.
Then you run into the problem of FR pointing the finger at the roof manufacturer. I was told that, that particular manufacturer was no longer in business. Still, to this day I still don't know who would have been responsible.
For my part I gave up with FR and chalk it up to the usual substandard build, substandard materials, and lousey QC. Now I just fix it myself.
Been exploring the use of a bedliner product called Durabak to coat the entire roof at some point down the line.
Getting back to the original OP, he's lucky to the extent that his warranty is still good, so it's up to FR to make good on the fix. If the Forrester is anything like the Lexi, the outer shell is a laminate of the shell, luan, foam insulation. So it's not a "simple" repair. The whole roof has to be literally disassembled and removed.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #15
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Update after visit to the dealer! Well dealer was completely confused and did nothing. They did put a penny size drop of dicor on a antenna screw and were nice enough to want to charge me $139. Note I explained extensively and left pictures on the dashboard for them.

After a "discussion" while standing on the roof they ended up just covered the crack with dicor.

So much for careful consideration of the best way to repair it!

In the end I believe this may be the best way to repair it. Replacing the whole roof seemed like a greater risk when you consider opening all the seams again. Will just need to keep any eye on it.

My guess this crack came from handling of the roof sheet during assembly.

Dealer did agree the roof and a couple other minor repairs were all warranty work and there was no charge. I appreciate that but not great service.

Ready for the next trip now !

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Old 06-12-2015, 06:54 PM   #16
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IMO, all they did was prevent a leak from the existing cracks. As Grumpy is suggesting, the cracks still under the Dicor will likely continue to spread. Watch it very carefully, especially after each trip; you probably have not seen the end of this issue.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:04 PM   #17
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Thanks. I will be watching it!
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:07 AM   #18
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You may wish to reach to the factory, if for nothing else than start a paper trail. Perhaps they will authorize a proper inspection and/or evaluation of repairs.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:49 AM   #19
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Update after visit to the dealer!

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I agree with your thinking on the cause. I toured the factory and the roof panel is laid on the top then 1 or 2 guys bend it over the corner while another screws it down. If the panel is a little thin there or it is cold stress cracks like you have will form. Frequent inspection and maint of the caulking IMO would be better than replacing the the roof which could start a lot of other problems.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:02 AM   #20
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You are close to the factory. Since the rig is under warranty and that repair was done by the dealer I would get Mr. Jankowski on the phone and point him towards this thread for the photos he needs. I'll PM you his contact info. IMO the factory should replace the roof. The factory is the only place I would trust for that work.
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