Originally Posted by johnruff
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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