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I was hopibg someone could help me I have a 2009 Jayco jay feather 198 when we bought it brand new in 2009 i developed a large crack in the fiberglass panel my local jayco along with jayco replaced the whole side of camper. thought that was end of it but know i have two large cracks both starting from where the stove vent was cut, Iam am concerned as the appear to be very deep. and jayco has pretty much said sorry not our problem. so my question is where do i even try to find someone to reapir this thanks for any response

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Any one that csan work with fiberglass. A boat dealer that does repairs is a good start or an RV dealer that does repairs. I would keep trying with Jayco as it may be a structural fault. JMO.


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A Google search shows me there are a couple of Jayco owners forums. If you can't get info here then maybe on one of those forums the posters have specific information for your model. Maybe there is a known structural issue that is easily remedied.


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Fiberglass is easy to repair but will need painted. My concern is the underlying cause of the cracking. It appears to me that you have some structural flexing that needs repaired/stiffened or cracking will continue.

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You could try a local RV Service Dept., a boatbuilder, or even some custom car builders who work with glass. I think beemerphile1 has hit on the cause of your problem, there is something that is causing the panel to be moved for cracks to appear. A quick stop-gap measure may be to drill a small hole at the leading edges of the cracks, that tends to dissipate stress away from the crack's normal shearing attitude. The small hole can be filled with a simple sealant until repairs can be done. Good luck with the Jayco,


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I Drilled a small hole at the end of crack when it was small but it continued on right through that which makes me belive you goes are correct about it being a strutural issue and why it keeps cracking makes me nervous.there may be underlying issues.

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So I finally heard back from Jayco in ref to this they state that they will cover parts and freight under their goodwill-1 program. With that said it involves taking the whole cracked side off and replacing with new and i would have to cover the labor which iam guessing is a couple thousand dollars. I'm going to call my local dealer adn see what they say in ref to a ball park estimate. and when i asked Jayco about possible structural integrity issues they said there were none known and that it was just a bad fiberglass panel.

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With respect to "structural integrity" I think somebody is playing word games.

On a Jayfeather, that whole side wall is a structural member, together with the roof and floor it helps carry bending loads, stiffens the whole structure that sits atop the frame, and to some extent stiffens the frame. In some cases, these outer walls carry cabinets and attach to interior walls, so the wall is something more than a piece that just makes up the side of a box.

Cracks around an opening could be caused by this load. If this is the only opening with cracks, however, I doubt that the wall is overstressed. I think it more likely that particular opening was cut with too sharp a corner, or possibly even a notch that wasn't supposed to be there, as if someone went a fraction of an inch too far with a saber saw.

More often I see these openings, especially windows, cut with a router, leaving corners with a slight radius so stress is not concentrated in the corner. Some manufacturers are doing this work with computer controlled routers (and sometimes laser cuts) to minimize cutting errors. I don't think Jayco is there yet.


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Not sure about the 2009's but Jayco is using jigged CNC routers to do the openings now.


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Look underneath your TT at the frame. Look at every inch and include the cross members. You want to first look at the joints for weld breaks. If there are any they should be easy to spot. Look for rust where the joints are rubbing and moving. Areas of flex should be easy to find as well. Look for rust areas along the long areas between bracing. If the cracks have all been on one side, start there


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