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Old 09-08-2016, 03:15 PM   #161
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[QUOTE=bambam;1312427]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.[/QUOT i was on the fence about buying a forest river after reading all the roof trouble,your post just made up my mind i will not be buying a frost river, its time to restart my such.good luck with your roof
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:00 PM   #162
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6thcav >>> Look for what's not visible, check behind the drawer underneath the fridge, remove the plastic door trim and see how the wires are routed! In ours we found all kind of junk (screws, wood chips plastic pieces and wires were just squeezed there with absolutely no attention) had to rewire these and adjust to avoid a problem in the future. Underneath the slide out (which by the way stopped working before the end of the first camping season - camper spent the first winter at the dealer) it was the same story! No wonder the mechanism broke with over two dozens of screws moving around. Bed very similar story there was no support in the middle, plywood is sitting on a two 2x2 laid in width with no support in the middle. Had to reinforce these. and so on....

Going back to the roof: we were sold on the fiberglass feature. BUT nobody mentioned that their design (using just a big sheet which is not molded in any way!) has the inherent flaw that they had to attach its edges. All the attachments are on the roof side and add a lip where water will accumulate... hence our trouble! My inlaws have a 1991 fleetwood (lower end) with a rubber roof and they only replaced it last year! In their case the water drained properly!

With all the above (an even more), we love our RV, we create priceless memories with the kids (have three under 5). I don't mind at all doing the adjustments, tweaks... But stuff like the roof and structural items... They need to get their act together.

Good luck reselling an RV with a detached roof! Good thing gravity holds it together :-)
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:10 PM   #163
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No, those screws should have dicor dribbled generously over them. That is a factory error. Mine was the same way.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:25 PM   #164
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No, those screws should have dicor dribbled generously over them. That is a factory error. Mine was the same way.
Thanks, makes sense... Sagecoachdriver also confirmed that the edge of his RV is covered with lots of dicor.

I am looking forward to Joshua Cavitt's response. He claims he has been proactive with other folks on the thread helping them solve their problems.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:46 PM   #165
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I checked mine out during the PDI and it was nicely finished off, well caulked and painted.
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Agreed, from the factory the roof should not be coming apart, that is correct.

Take it to your servicing dealer and have them reseal the areas you have an issue with. With any roof, fiberglass or TPO, whether it's Jayco, Thor, Winnebago, or us, you're going to have to check the seals. If you don't there is always the potential for issues like delamination or leaks.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:23 AM   #167
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The screws in question are on the side edge roof molding, not the front or rear.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:14 AM   #168
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Agreed, from the factory the roof should not be coming apart, that is correct.

Take it to your servicing dealer and have them reseal the areas you have an issue with. With any roof, fiberglass or TPO, whether it's Jayco, Thor, Winnebago, or us, you're going to have to check the seals. If you don't there is always the potential for issues like delamination or leaks.
Hi Joshua - I do check the seals multiple times / year and I did spend LOTS of time inspecting the areas where the roof is coming apart. I even replaced all the caulking in the front (between the roof and the cap // I made sure to put a lot of caulking used at least 6 tubes of dicor) but this did not slow down the problem, even now I cannot see any location which might be problematic!

In addition to the front left side, I did notice last week that the roof is coming apart along the left edge in different areas (where the screws are visible and were not covered), width of the area where it is coming apart on edges is about 3 inches. Shall I work with Mike Jankowski on this? I also have another problem which was addressed under warranty which is happening again.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:30 PM   #169
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The screws in question are on the side edge roof molding, not the front or rear.
That is correct and that area is coming off as well (just on the left side of the RV)
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Agreed, from the factory the roof should not be coming apart, that is correct.

Take it to your servicing dealer and have them reseal the areas you have an issue with. With any roof, fiberglass or TPO, whether it's Jayco, Thor, Winnebago, or us, you're going to have to check the seals. If you don't there is always the potential for issues like delamination or leaks.
Also the RV is covered during winter months... October till May. So no snow, ice or rain build up on the roof during this period.

I trust Forest River takes care of their customers. Thanks.
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