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Old 10-28-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Old 10-29-2017, 12:08 PM   #2
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Where is this? Up near the hitch? And what year/ model do you have please?
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:08 PM   #3
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Where is this? Up near the hitch? And what year/ model do you have please?
His profile says 2014 Silverback 31RK.
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:21 PM   #4
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Bikendan wins the prize...and it is located between the entry door and slide...what you see is the rubber roof, then the gutter, then the crack...Looks like the crack starts just under the gutter
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:16 PM   #5
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For anyone that is interested, I have an update. I took my 31RK to a body shop that specializes in RV's and trucks. The shop foreman told me that the crack is a stress crack and based on what he sees is not a result of water intrusion but just what happens sometimes with large fiberglass walls.

The good news is that I did the correct thing by sealing it right away - see picture. I used lap sealant above the crack and Pro Flex sealant to fill the crack. His opinion is that there is no rush to fix it as long as the crack does not grow, which it has not, and he doubts it will in the short term as long as water is kept out.

He feels that it will take about $500 to fix without including paint. They will build up the fiberglass with the intent of making it stronger than before. This is followed by sanding smooth and primer. He suggested getting creative with decals to cover the small area instead of painting. Unfortunately if he paints the small area there will be a halo effect in the area. The other option is to paint the whole side of the RV and at $110 per hour, that can get costly.

On another note we discussed painting our front cap. DW and I thought we were going to have the cap replaced next year in Indiana, but now not sure. He showed us a dark brown cap he did 2 years ago and it looks beautiful.

I will update after the crack is repaired estimated to be January or February. They are going to let us store the RV in their lot for the winter if needed to avoid towing on salty roads.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:31 PM   #6
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My 2014 Wildcat 327ck had cracks in the rear slide out walls. The dealer sent this info and pics to Wildcat and it was decided the design of the walls had issues. Wildcat brought it in and replaced both side walls from the front to the rear corner with a redesigned wall. I guess they thought it would crack again if it was just patched. Call Forest river to see if they had any design issues that needed extra repairs.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:29 AM   #7
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Good to hear. Curious what was the quote for painting the cap ?
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:17 PM   #8
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Bikendan wins the prize...and it is located between the entry door and slide...what you see is the rubber roof, then the gutter, then the crack...Looks like the crack starts just under the gutter
What is that line on the roof - it looks like it is in line with the crack.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:19 AM   #9
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I have not seen the quote for the painting of the front cap yet. The body shop is working directly with CC but I will post the cost once I get a number.

The line you see on the roof has been there since new and is also on the other side. It is the seem where two roof corner pieces / gutter come together???? I hope so anyway.

The body shop and CC both agree that the fix is to sand the crack, build up with fiberglass, prime and paint.

The initial assessment is that it is a stress crack and now that the stress is relieved, once repaired it will be fine. Of course the body shop also said that this opinion can change once they peel away the gutter to perform the repair.

We are hopeful that this ends up to be a minor deal. Luckily I saw the crack quickly and sealed it before water intruded.
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Hey Birdman! Whazzup!

I thought the dark brown was only for Hathaway. I've not seen a SB with dark brown cap, but maybe my memory is gone! (No maybe about it).

If you are going to Rally anyway, why not get CC to replace cap totally?
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