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Old 11-04-2018, 08:12 PM   #1
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Dynamax Rev Vinyl Decals - Frustrated

Beginning of July we were headed out on a camping trip. First day out one of the side windows right behind the drivers seat exploded as we went down the expressway. That was bad enough. As the glass fell out of the window it put gouges in the gel coat and vinyl decals on the side of our motor home. We covered the screen with a garbage bag and reinstalled in the window and then taped the outside and inside to seal the window. We kept going. We ended cutting our trip short and returning to Florida.

The insurance adjuster came and looked at it and did an appraisal. Beginning of August took it to our dealer for repair. We were told the decals would be easy the window might take some time. THREE MONTHS LATER, the window is in, the side of the motor home has been repaired but we are still waiting for the decals. Dynamax does not produce their own decals, they farm them out to a supplier. After the supplier missed several ship dates they sent 5 of the 12 needed and billed for all 12 of them. The dealer called the supplier to find out when the balance would arrive. Two weeks later they sent the balance of the decals. The dealer went to install them and they had tiny wrinkles in them. Installed one and the wrinkles did not come out. The dealer called the supplier, after a week the supplier has not called back. However, the dealer noticed that the tiny wrinkles on the decals that have been installed have disappeared.

If you have managed to make it this far, my first question is, will these decals be a problem in the future? The warm Florida sun has taken the tiny wrinkles out, but over time will they come back? Attached is what the decal looks like. This is the backing, but what you see on the backing shows up in the decal when installed. My second question what could I have done to speed this process up? I have been on the phone with the dealer making sure they are working on the problem and not putting it on the back burner. I have also called factory service rep of Dynamax - east and explained the situation. He did not offer any help, did not suggest I call someone else at Dynamax that would be better able to help, and even though in two separate phone calls I ask him to look into it and call me back, he never called back.

If you have made it this far, thank you for listening. As a newbie to motor homes any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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Oh my goodness. That's terrible. There's something about the wind affecting that drivers side window that opens ours unexpectedly as we go down the road, but thankfully it's never exploded. Glad no one was hurt.

As for the decals, I would think that once the decals evened out, the wrinkles wouldn't come back.... but who knows.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:46 PM   #3
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You are right. I was remiss in not mentioning know one was hurt. Our grandson was sitting on the couch when it happened. Glass all fell outside, not inside. Thank goodness. Also the insurance is covering everything under comprehensive. It is just taking so long to repair. We wanted to head north and go leaf peeping but did not want to take it from the dealer until complete. I was afraid out of sight out of mind for the dealer.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:42 PM   #4
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The decals should be "bubble release" or "Airx-Scape" or air release, like car wraps, some sort of permeable material. So you should be fine.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:27 AM   #5
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Actually, not just Dynamax, but just about every OEM under the sun, buys their graphics from a graphics supplier. The reason I think these are a little tougher to find is that we primarily use full body paint...so the volume on a graphics unit is very low and thus they likely have to make the parts each time this comes up.

Personally, I would take the unit on my trip, use it and then let the dealer put them on when they come in. I know you may not want to be "out of sight out of mind", but to hold up trips and add frustration for a vinyl decal that does not affect the use of the vehicle...I'm not sure I would do that.

Would almost have been better to buy a complete set...I thought maybe we stocked a full set here for a time, just in case.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:12 PM   #6
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Hum? Well we have a 2018 Dynamax and I am pretty sure there are no decals, full body paint. I often wondered if anything happened how do you get it back to the artist that did the work?
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In hind sight we probably should have gone. But isn't three months wait for vinyl decals a little bit out of the ordinary. If the decal supplier had said it would be 3 months I would understand. But they gave delivery dates that they did not met and that is why I am so frustrated. I don't like it when someone says they are going to do something and then they don't do it. Then they sent 5 of 12. Two weeks later they sent the balance. What is your opinion about the tiny wrinkles in the vinyl decals? Is this something that normally happens and if they disappear in the warm Florida sun, will they come back? Are these wrinkles something that is normal?
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I noticed the picture of the decals I tried to insert with the original post did not make it. Trying to do it again here. The tiny wrinkles are in the backing and the decal as well. Will these work themselves out?
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Wrinkles in the backing do not affect the decal. Sometimes that can happen just because the way the decal is rolled. The carrier sheet is on the inside of the roll so it bunches up. If the backing sheet was applied by hand it can also look a bit rough. As long as the decal is applied by someone with some experience it will be fine.
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In hind sight we probably should have gone. But isn't three months wait for vinyl decals a little bit out of the ordinary. If the decal supplier had said it would be 3 months I would understand. But they gave delivery dates that they did not met and that is why I am so frustrated. I don't like it when someone says they are going to do something and then they don't do it. Then they sent 5 of 12. Two weeks later they sent the balance. What is your opinion about the tiny wrinkles in the vinyl decals? Is this something that normally happens and if they disappear in the warm Florida sun, will they come back? Are these wrinkles something that is normal?
Yes, three months is a long time to wait, but I never really believe everything I hear either. Without looking into it, I don't know the whole story. Often times we get a dealer say our "Dynamax was late, or Dynamax said it will be 8 weeks"...and when I look into it, nothing was ever even ordered or it was ordered wrong. Not saying that was the case, but that I tend to take everything with a grain if salt, even from my people.

The wrinkles are on the backer as said by others...the vinyl when applied will squeegee flat.
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