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Old 05-16-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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Delamination

Now it looks like I have a small delamination problem on the rear of my 2018 Vibe 268RKS. Iíd send a pic but itís too small to notice. Bought used and still under 90 day warranty, but it doesnít look as if it is covered. Now what?
Manufacture date is 5/01/2017
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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Sounds like a water leak caused the delam.
"Now what" depends on the 90 warranty and how it's worded.
You are probably SOL unfortunately.
Inspect, check and seal the roof to prevent further damage.
BTW, manufacture date does not mean when it was sold.
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SOL is what I’m thinking. I’ll talk to the dealer tomorrow.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:31 PM   #4
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Do you have a Luan substrate under the siding?
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I have no idea what’s under the laminate.
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Itís not on the slide is it? Some of those panels arenít ďgluedĒ on.

Is it near a light or something else? I suggest you do some research(as you are here) before you get to the dealer. An educated customer is their best customer.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:29 PM   #7
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Iwannacamp, the delamination is occurring in center of the rear panel extending to the bottom. The only protrusion near it is the stove vent. I haven’t researched yet, to see how it is attached.
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I was able to remove the oven vent from the rear of the camper and most of the screws were rusted and zero caulk around it. It appears that the delamination started right there!
Why would FR do such a poor job? They relied solely on a 1/2” wide strip of foam around the vent to seal out the water.
So for th time being I used butal tape to refastened the vent then a bead of 100% silicon caulk around the vent.
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I was able to remove the oven vent from the rear of the camper and most of the screws were rusted and zero caulk around it. It appears that the delamination started right there!
Why would FR do such a poor job? They relied solely on a 1/2Ē wide strip of foam around the vent to seal out the water.
So for th time being I used butal tape to refastened the vent then a bead of 100% silicon caulk around the vent.
You just did the work the manf should of done to begin with. That should stop further damage
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I was able to remove the oven vent from the rear of the camper and most of the screws were rusted and zero caulk around it. It appears that the delamination started right there!
Why would FR do such a poor job? They relied solely on a 1/2Ē wide strip of foam around the vent to seal out the water.
So for th time being I used butal tape to refastened the vent then a bead of 100% silicon caulk around the vent.
Forest River used to be known as a good manufacturer. There was a in depth report local Elhardt TV News Report of piece work employees being high on crack, pot or anything while they go fast and get out of work early. This is not your typical FR employee but some need to take recreational drugs.

If all RV manufacturers eliminate piece work the quality would improve immensely.
Higher end coaches are often better quality but still shake my head at some of the things I see.

I would email the division that made your trailer with the VIN and register a complaint. Better yet show up to the Goshen Rally and try to get a factory appointment for wall replacement, they have a 2 year limit on repairs there. They might say original owner but might again do the right thing like they have done many times.
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How did you get a warranty? I was told when I purchased my used 2018 5er rockwood the mfg wouldn't warranty it . Warranty is only good for original purchaser. It was only 6 months old when I purchased it. Dealer said they could sell me a warranty from them. I declined because I know dealers dont know wtf their doing . Only found a couple things wrong so far .
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The dealership gave me a 90 day warranty.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:52 PM   #13
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I just finished with emails back and forth with FR and it looks like I’ll be fixing this myself. I’m the 2nd owner and FR will not be repairing the delamination.
If you’re reading this, you really need to check your stove vent cover and sleeve to make sure it is caulked. The service tech I talked to at FR said the outside cover should have been sealed to keep water damage out.

Good luck to you out there!
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