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Old 11-02-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Anyone else having issues with the appearance of their units front cap looking pushed in or "dented" across the top above the Rockwood logo? After just 3 short trips our 8289WS has developed a pushed in look. I am presently working with my dealer to have this issue resolved.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hello what year is yours?
Mine is 13 and it was OK, some 14's had issues. They put foam in behind to support the cap.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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I recall there are other threads that discuss this issue in detail. Do a search on rockwood caps dents and you should find some rather long relevant discussions.
As I recall these issues appeared in hotter summer climates like Texas with temperatures exceeding 95 degrees. Our cap is slightly dented as well.... Not sure it looks bad enough to worry about it . The fix , as B and B indicated , involves jamming foam in behind the cap which to me is pretty hokey!
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:45 PM   #4
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Yup...this was discussed to great extent in the past. Fix requires taking the front off and stuffing the void with styrofoam. Our 2014 has the so called dents and we live on the Canadian Prairies, so no need to go the Southern heat for it to happen. So far we have decided that we would rather live with it then have the front torn apart and hope it`s re-sealed properly. Besides warranty is over so they would probably tell us to fly a kite. Plus I didn`t buy from the local dealer so that complicates matters.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:14 PM   #5
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There is a video on this forum that goes thru the steps on how to fix this. I had the same problem, a huge dent that really hack me off to happen to a new RV. The local dealer said to drop it in the back, said he had an 8 week backlog, didn't buy from him. No thank you, I bought this to use not leave on some dealers lot for who knows how long. I watched the video a few times and fixed it myself. Bought a sheet of 1/2" styrofoam, some dicor and went to work. Used most of the styrofoam, still looks good after a year. I did the work in October 2014 and have since put on about 2500 miles, some of those miles were in 100ļ + heat. Took me a good day to do the repair start to finish. Bought some stainless screws and probably doubled the amount of screws that were in the cap covering it all with the dicor. So far no leaks and the cap looks great.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:20 PM   #6
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Thanks all, I've e-mailed my dealer and waiting for his reply, I will update you the results.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:31 PM   #7
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:43 PM   #8
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If anybody knows where to find the video that Joe is referring to, it would be appreciated if you could post it. I have searched but no luck finding it.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:52 AM   #9
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If anybody knows where to find the video that Joe is referring to, it would be appreciated if you could post it. I have searched but no luck finding it.
Search 8289 front cap dents. Go to post #37, the video is there
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:56 PM   #10
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Tried several times. Only your post comes up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:50 PM   #11
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Mine is a 2014 8280ws. They tried to fix it the first time by adding styfoam under it. Didn't work. They replaced it. Warped again. They replaced it again. Both the dealer (Johnson RV) and Forest River have been very good to deal with. Live in upstate NY and it first happened on a hot July day. Each time the dealer ordered the part, called me when it came in to schedule the work, and only had it for 2 days each time (at my convenience). Cannot say enough good about them.
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here is the vedio

this is the fix for the front cap
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:55 AM   #14
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I just bought a New 2013 8289WS, yes NEW, dealer leftover and gotta damn good price! Anyway I to have this problem and when I called Rockwood and sent them pictures of it. They said I need a new cap, as the new caps have a stiffner built into the top of the cap now. They are sending the cap and needed materials to my local dealer to have replaced after the new year, as mosts dealers in IL close for 5-7 weeks after Thanksgiving week.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:17 PM   #15
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I see you are all talking about 2014 and previous. I purchased a 2015 8289WS yesterday. Do you know if it would have the stiffer (corrected) cap or do I have something to look forward to?
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:41 PM   #16
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I was told by the warranty manager this issue is with early 2014's and 2013 models. Pretty sure your 2015 is safe.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:14 PM   #17
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Agree, I believe 15's are good. My dealer told me not to bring my unit in until March of next year to have my cap replaced. I'm pleased that F/R is looking after this issue, I'll post some pics upon completion.
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