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Old 01-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Top Gel Coat Peeling

I have a 2007 Cardinal Fith Wheel and the top gel coat is peeling. It looks really bad and is getting worse. Has anyone else have this problem? How do I go about getting it fixed. I know it is a manufacture defect. I paid about $80,000 for this trailer and still owe $35000 and it looks horrible. I feel like I own a piece of junk. I take very good care of my stuff and I want it to look nice. If you could please help with any info, I would appreciate this!
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have a 2010 with fiberglass sides and full body paint, so I may not have the same finish as you do. That said, I recommend you call Forest River and ask their opinion. If you do not have the telephone number go to the Cardinal Club forums.

Let me know how things work out for you.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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Wash and wax.
Honestly there are all sorts of threads concerning dull finishes. Look up redmax or polyglow. Or spend hours cleaning and waxing. How much yime have you spent on outside maintenance a year on this trailer?
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:39 PM   #4
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Eighty Thousand Dollars, is that a typo????
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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the sun is the culprit for the gell coat to peel. You have the same problems on some cars hoods and roofs. It is important to keep the finish waxed on a scedule time to prevent this problems.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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I have a 2007 Cardinal Fith Wheel and the top gel coat is peeling. It looks really bad and is getting worse. Has anyone else have this problem? How do I go about getting it fixed. I know it is a manufacture defect. I paid about $80,000 for this trailer and still owe $35000 and it looks horrible. I feel like I own a piece of junk. I take very good care of my stuff and I want it to look nice. If you could please help with any info, I would appreciate this!
Please come on over to the "Cardinal owners club" site...and we can get some specific info for you, and help you contact the right person at Cardinal ..... .to help you out.

There may be many factors which can cause this , but the rig is 5 years old, so..............there may be limited resources avail .

The best thing to do is contact Cardinal, and discuss it with them.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:15 PM   #7
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Mcobb setting in the sun, not using wax on the top gel coat etz should not cause the gel coat to Peel (mayby fade or lose its shine) If the gel coat is peeling you need to contact The Forest River Cardinal division it has to be a manufacturing defect
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:38 PM   #8
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Eighty Thousand Dollars, is that a typo????
That is a List Price for a Loaded Cardinal..................you should be able to get .............20%, 30 % off of list.................unless you want it right now. And dont want to dicker. (I would dicker)
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:04 PM   #9
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That is a List Price for a Loaded Cardinal..................you should be able to get .............20%, 30 % off of list.................unless you want it right now. And dont want to dicker. (I would dicker)
I looked on-line at some of the prices and couldn't believe it. I didn't realize that the MSRP was that high on the Cardinals... They must be very nice/plush units..
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:31 PM   #10
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I have a Cardinal ...............that I 'Stole" a few years ago, sad but one of the owners passed away , I guess shortly after retiring????? So, they had it in a couple diff. places, and He got sick, a family member towed it back to Michigan, they cleaned it out, Put Dryer sheets in the outside cabinets, closed all the double blinds, and stored it for 3-4 years .(unclear how long.)It was for sale, but a large price.

But, a person at the campground where it was stored "Cared " for it for the past 3 years it was stored before she lowered the price, because she was tired of paying storage costs.

She put it on Craigs list, I saw it just after posting................owned it 3 days later. The interior, Solid wood floor in kitchen, oak interior, top end inside, every option was ordered when they bought it.................was just like new, the caretaker opened it up a couple times a year, I went inside, it still smelled "New".


I was lucky !!!!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #11
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Is this thread about clear coat or gell coat? Most of the answers seem to address clear coat.

I know clear coat can peal if not maintained, but I am not aware that gell coat can peal! I do not believe Forest River puts a clear coat over its fiber glass walls that have a gell coat as the final coating.

I am guessing that the dealer sold someone weather proofing and it is now pealing!
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #12
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I can't believe some people are responding that the OP should have been waxing his camper to avoid the gel coat peeling. Good grief, that has nothing to do with such a problem.

If the gel coat is peeling, the factory did something wrong so that it did not adhere properly. They may have waited too long in between setting up the rough sheets and appying the gel coat. Regardless, it should never happen, no matter what conditions the camper experienced.

Unfortunately, as the camper is out of general warranty, I doubt that the factory would do anything. Does anyone know if the gel coat has a longer warranty period? My info is in my camper and I don't have the time to go check just now.

If the factory refuses to help, and there is no warranty, my advice would be to buy some lab mice and throw them in the camper with a good supply of crackers. Give it a month or so, and it should be good for a write-off.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:19 AM   #13
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Most manufacturers warranty for one year. A few have a two year warranty. FR is one year with a second year available for a fee, but it must be purchased at the same time you purchase the RV.
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