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Old 08-08-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Exposed end of wall panel inside wheel well

Hi all, New to this forum with new purchase of 2019 rockwood mini lite 2306. Was inspecting my new trailer and discovered that the end of the walls are totally exposed along the entire length of the wheel well. I dropped it off to the dealer and looked at some other mini lites and found 3 of the ones I looked at that had the black fender cover at wheel cutout were the same. The mini lites that had the beige fender trim were ok and had the wheel well liner covering the whole area where on mine it ended too soon exposing the wall end. not sure the manufactuer years on the ones I looked at but I know the black fender on the 2306 goes back at least to 2016. Was hoping to get an idea if this is the norm for these ones, If you own a minilite with the black fender trim, I would appreciate getting some feed back what youíve found on yours. Iím flabergasted that anyone one would let those walls be exposed like that especially in the wheel well, they are setting a person up for some serious delamination down the road. Could only figure out sending one pict, the stickered panel is the inside of the wheel fender you can see the wheel liner ending short exposing the end of wall. Any feedback on what youíve found would be helpfull with discussing this with the dealer.I told them that putting sealent over it would in my opinion be just a temporary fix, not an area I feel I should be having to check sealant condition every 6 months. thanks

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Old 08-08-2018, 06:49 PM   #2
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Sorry , guess I didnít send any picture. Hopefully this will work,not sure why outside trailer view went upside down.

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Old 08-13-2018, 03:01 PM   #3
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Mine are tan but I checked anyway - no gap. Interesting to see the Inspection Sticker right under that area. I guess that would be saying that fender is OK, but hello, what about that wall!?
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Old 08-13-2018, 05:37 PM   #4
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If it were me I'd dry that out and clean it up, and then coat it with automotive bed liner spray. That would last the longest and provide the best protection of anything you could put on it.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:23 AM   #5
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Well the dealer removed the wheel cut out fender panels and sealed the area with proflex black sealant, same stuff as the wheel liner is sealed with. He told me this should be a recall on these units as the other ones on their lot are the same. I told him I consider this a temporary fix and wanted to know how Forest River responds to this problem. I strongly suggest if you have a rockwood mini lite with the black fender panels (like the picture) to have a look at the wall edge behind it as I can almost guarantee you will find the wall end exposed. Hopefully if they get a bigger response, they will correct this flaw.

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Old 08-17-2018, 11:08 PM   #6
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Same issue with my 2503S. Sealed mine with silicone caulk.
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Old 08-18-2018, 10:30 AM   #7
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Rockfordroo, looks like they been doing this for awhile, did you buy new? If used what condition was the area? Can any one tell me whats the differance between the beige fender and skirt trim and the black fender. Are certain ones signature series?
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Old 08-18-2018, 04:53 PM   #8
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Rockfordroo, looks like they been doing this for awhile, did you buy new? If used what condition was the area? Can any one tell me whats the differance between the beige fender and skirt trim and the black fender. Are certain ones signature series?
Yeah, I bought new. Also had an opening under my slide I could see light through. Caulked that up, too.
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:54 AM   #9
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I remember a couple years ago a member named Mr Havercamp brought this to our attention. He had all sorts of problems with a new unit, this being one of them.
I haven't seen him on the forum for a long time so I don't know if he is an active member any more. You could try a search of his posts to see his solution.
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:06 PM   #10
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Thanks, tried searching , no success. Based on Rockfordroo's reply though and what I''ve seen on their lot I would almost guarantee that they are all from 2016 on exposed in that area.
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