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Old 09-05-2016, 03:56 PM   #11
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I'm not exactly sure what all the above has to do with RV finishes, but I do know my 10 year old truck still looks like new and it sits outside most of the time in the NM sun and heat. It's a blue color and has no fading or oxidation. I hand wax maybe once a year and the rest of the time just run it through the car wash. My RV is used often so that even if I had covered parking, it wouldn't be there enough to help much.

It makes no sense to me why RV manufacturers can't come up with a painted finish to match the durable auto finishes. Our friends bought a SOB rig with an actual painted cap. You guessed it, it faded and cracked within a year and is now being replaced and repainted.

By now I'm sure the dealer's and the manufacturers are sick of dealing with faded cap syndrome. I know I'm sick of my fade!! Will be interesting to see what the future holds for below the top of the line RV finishes
Car manufacturers use special polyurethane paints that have to be professionally applied (and are not cheap). Until these came into use dark color cars would have paint failure after a few years in the sun - you can still see them today.

Some boats get painted with polyurethane before/after gel coat fading. Most boats are white - at least on top - so that the fading is not so noticeable. And that the decks are cool to bare feet.

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Old 09-19-2016, 08:53 AM   #12
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Thanks to all. Looks like we will have it painted at some point.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:06 PM   #13
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My 2014 Prime Time Crusader just started fading. In May of this year (2016) it was fine as I cleaned and waxed it. In August, it was all faded on the top. Contacted Prime Time and was told nothing they would do but volunteered to send me replacement decals at no charge. This is my 5th RV and 3rd fifth wheel. First problem with fading ever so I know it is a defect in workmanship and should be corrected by the manufacturer IMO. I will just put up with it for now and let it be an advertisement for FR.
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I believe that I have read that there are a very limited number of front cap manufacturers (3 I think) and that a bad batch of them were sent out to everyone. I suppose at this point, the cost to correct the issue is just too great to absorb and there must be no recourse to go after the cap manufacturers. I would like for FR to speak to this if that is the case and clear the air. It is rather depressing to pay that much for something and then after 2 or 3 years it starts to look like crap even though you took care of it properly. Almost fell off head first one time laying down on the roof and stretching to get it all waxed - got a longer ladder now.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:16 AM   #16
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I believe that I have read that there are a very limited number of front cap manufacturers (3 I think) and that a bad batch of them were sent out to everyone. I suppose at this point, the cost to correct the issue is just too great to absorb and there must be no recourse to go after the cap manufacturers. I would like for FR to speak to this if that is the case and clear the air. It is rather depressing to pay that much for something and then after 2 or 3 years it starts to look like crap even though you took care of it properly. Almost fell off head first one time laying down on the roof and stretching to get it all waxed - got a longer ladder now.
I would agree with you about a bad batch of caps, but this has been happening since they started with the darker color caps. Mine is a 2012 and it faded within a few months of me taking delivery. And I waxed the crap out of it The previously white caps faded/de-oxidized also, but it was not as evident and they were easier to bring back with a de-oxidizer product. I currently have to wax my entire 35' 5th wheel (dark gray) every few months and de-oxidize it (lengthy process) at least once a year, just to keep it looking acceptable. But I do agree FR needs to find a solution if they want to keep using the darker colors. Right now I am ready to buy a new rig, but I won't until I know the cap fade problem has been solved where you can maintain it yourself. I have some friends that bought a rig with a painted cap and were convinced it wouldn't fade. It did... so FR is still going the cheap route with paint and clear coat. Not good. I might have my current rig for quite awhile longer
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