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Old 09-04-2016, 12:51 PM   #151
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after reading 15 pages which most are roof related i think i will start looking at diff.manufactures,really was interested in the forest river but I'm not going to spend $80000 to have to go up on the roof when i get it home a fix there laziness
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:04 PM   #152
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I've been Pro-active with people inside this thread and have worked with them to restore the issue or lead in the right direction.
Hi Joshua -- we own a 2014 2690 Sunseeker, have three little kids (all under 5!) and absolutely love our RV. Re: front cap issue. When the RV was brand new I did notice that the joint between the Fiberglass roof and front fiberglass CAP was painted (full body paint), I also noticed that below the extremely thin payer of paint in that area the caulking was hollow. So I scraped all the caulking off and used ~3 tubes of Dicor self level sealant to fix the problem.

I believe I have two issues:
1) I checked the area last time ion July and it was fine, I checked today and I noticed that the caulk joint between roof and cap cracked in different area (going from center of the coach to the right). It is like there was movement which caused the sealant to split right at the junction. Any insight?
2) I did notice since the RV was new that the fiberglass roof layer is not glued to the wood luan in the front left side (corner where the cap and roof meet and where there is always some standing water), since the area which is not glued (detached area) became much larger. On multiple occasions I spent LOTS of time checking for potential leaks and could not find any. Any insight?

I thank you for your help and time!
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:29 PM   #153
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If your fiberglass roof is not attached to the wood it has delaminated from water getting in - it is glued on there from the factory with some pretty strong glue I might add - not to panic too much though because if you stop and seal any water leaking it will dry out and gravity should hold your roof down unless it's a big area it's not like a sidewall - does the front bunk area smell musty at all ? You probably just have a small amount leaking in the corners and it gets the top of the roof wet each time enough to eventually separate the glue in that area. Honestly I don't know any permanent solution except the eternabond - and you said you have full body paint so using white eterna bond wouldn't look very pretty coming over the side of that front cap. I used eternabond on all seams and built up dicor over top of it in the corners to prevent pooling - so far so good but I will admit it's not pretty. Also you asked about the dicor you used cracking at the cap to roof junction - I have experienced the same thing and the only solution was to use the eternabond tape. My best guess is it has something to do with the fact that the front Cap is solid and the rest of the RV flexes Which creates those cracks over time. the front cap transition Is screwed down through the fiberglass roof into Luan plywood and over time those screws will just start pulling through that wood especially if any water gets in there at all so it's probably a chain reaction. Just eternabond it all and paint the tape the color of your body paint lol
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:19 AM   #154
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If your fiberglass roof is not attached to the wood it has delaminated from water getting in - it is glued on there from the factory with some pretty strong glue I might add - not to panic too much though because if you stop and seal any water leaking it will dry out and gravity should hold your roof down unless it's a big area it's not like a sidewall - does the front bunk area smell musty at all ? You probably just have a small amount leaking in the corners and it gets the top of the roof wet each time enough to eventually separate the glue in that area. Honestly I don't know any permanent solution except the eternabond - and you said you have full body paint so using white eterna bond wouldn't look very pretty coming over the side of that front cap. I used eternabond on all seams and built up dicor over top of it in the corners to prevent pooling - so far so good but I will admit it's not pretty. Also you asked about the dicor you used cracking at the cap to roof junction - I have experienced the same thing and the only solution was to use the eternabond tape. My best guess is it has something to do with the fact that the front Cap is solid and the rest of the RV flexes Which creates those cracks over time. the front cap transition Is screwed down through the fiberglass roof into Luan plywood and over time those screws will just start pulling through that wood especially if any water gets in there at all so it's probably a chain reaction. Just eternabond it all and paint the tape the color of your body paint lol
I agree, I did notice the fiberglass roof panel starting to get detached from the plywood since the RV was just a few month old, I did suspect a leak and this is when I replaced all the dicor caulking in the joint between the cap and the roof. This obviously did not slow things down. I did also inspect the edges (close to the water channels) and again, no visible area where water could get in.

Front bunk area is just fine, no smell and never left any humidity against the ceiling even when we get lots of rain.

I am looking into the Eternabond option, same as most of the folks in here, but as you suggested would need some paint

Do you know if Forest River have some kind of customer service people who can try to help with our queries?
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In my experience Forest River has offered excellent customer support and always calls me back even if I have to leave a message. That being said they only have a one year warranty and even if you were in warranty the first route would be to go through the dealer you bought it from - did you let the dealer know when you bought it about the roof separating issue ? Do they have any record of this ? If they do not then more than likely you are just stuck repairing this yourself - it wouldn't hurt to call forest river but unless you have some serious structural issue or something that was messed up at the factory I'm not sure what they can do - did you purchase any kind of extended warranty ?
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:34 PM   #156
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The wife and I have been closely following this roof leak issue (Windows, seams, lights, corners) on these units, and have now postponed our order of an 3011DS.

Not to mention those of you who ordered , waited, and then found your new units with scratched counter tops, torn materials, screws through the counter tops, etc. these do not sound like NEW units to me!

It's hard to believe FR ( or anyone) would allow these units to leave the factory in this condition, dealers would except these units in these conditions........and dealers would then sell these units in these conditions (obvious visual issues of scratches, torn materials, etc).

Our plan was to order.....fly up......drive home. I would not except a new unit in USED condition! I now wonder about those who have ordered, and had units delivered that showed up in these used conditions? I would walk out to my driveway, look the unit over, ask the driver what happened.......offer him or her lunch, and tell them to drive it back!

Can you imagine buying a new $75,000 plus car or truck and having the sales person explain that yes, the roof leaks, the seats are torn, the dash has a long scratch across it........just bring it back, drop it off for a month at service and we will patch it, cover it, glue it.......LOL !
we were thinking of getting the forest river also from campers world(figured they are all over the country for repair),but after reading about roof leaks on them we decided to go with coachmen,i know forest river owns them but they are made at a diff. factory. but seems that all the roofs that are fiberglass leak, i have been reading coachman with the rubber roof and they seem to have less roof leaks.i also have owned 2 tt over the past 20+ years and with minimal maintenance have never had a leak.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:47 PM   #157
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we were thinking of getting the forest river also from campers world(figured they are all over the country for repair),but after reading about roof leaks on them we decided to go with coachmen,i know forest river owns them but they are made at a diff. factory. but seems that all the roofs that are fiberglass leak, i have been reading coachman with the rubber roof and they seem to have less roof leaks.i also have owned 2 tt over the past 20+ years and with minimal maintenance have never had a leak.
I would suggest that you consider Jayco if it is not too late... I found out later that they offer two years warranty (may be the only ones who do so...)!
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:09 PM   #158
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Me myself I heard that Forest River has one of the best warranties on the market. That is from a Forest River repair person who told me that. I know one thing if my roof started to come apart I would me calling the people that sold it to me also the company. I heard that Forest River also owns Coachman. Best of luck with your troubles. I love my 2017 2861 DS ... God Bless.
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Do you believe it is expected that the screws on the side of the roof be exposed (see attached pic)? My understanding is such everything should be covered... But again??

As for highlighting the roof issue to dealer -- yes but I thought it was not a big deal to take the RV apart! We also had another problem in the back corner (starts from the roof and goes along the side)... The coach spent three month at Camping World and that was not a pleasant experience. And I see the issue is happening again! I now believe it is caused by the plastic trim which slides in a track (used to hide the intersection between adjascent outside walls) shrinking and since it is attached at the bottom and top with screws it is causing pressure to build up and the paint to crack. This plastic insert is definitely cheap and should not have been screwed at the bottom, so it could slide. the same piece in the front (close to the cabin doors) lost close to one inch in the past three years and I had to remove the bottom screw to get it to slide freely.

So mainly looking for someone from the manufacturer to define what is expected and what is not... It is not normal that for a relatively new coach we figure it out by ourselves.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #160
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I would suggest that you consider Jayco if it is not too late... I found out later that they offer two years warranty (may be the only ones who do so...)!
just looked them up ,will be going to look at them,like the 2 year thing,
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