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Posted: 03/08/22 06:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi guys, my fifth wheel is still at the dealer awaiting J-Wrap and I’m going on four weeks. I’ve done a search but am still not sure what J-Wrap is and why it takes so long to get it?

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J-wrap/panel is the usual lower aluminum section, skirting along the bottom of sides. Often times these sections of J-panel are a long piece, and are very expensive to ship, because of size, and protection from damage.

At this time, shipping is slow for many things.

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Hi Jerry, I didn’t realize it was under the slides. I thought it was something to do with the basement doors?

I think what has surprised me most is it seems the Coach builder is building new coach’s while coaches they’ve already sold, sit! That doesn’t strike me as a good business model? I get the supply chain and all of that. But some of it is a conscious choice where the parts go!

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If you look at my post again, I said sides, not slides. [emoticon] Yes, it likely meets up with/surrounds the lower section of the basement doors.

Was your FW damaged in shipping, or were you in an accident? The J section is very easy to damage. When you think j, imagine looking at this low panel end to end, to see the J shape.

Unless severe damage, you should be able to use the FW if needed. However, once off the dealers lot, out of sight, out of mind.

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Hi Jerry, It’s a brand new coach that has never left the dealership. The Coach came in with the damage where the basement doors didn’t closer properly and hit against the bottom of the basement doorframe.

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Yes, the filon or tin siding stops at the floor level, and on the outside of the rig you'll see a horizontal trim piece that runs along the siding. Below that is the "J Wrap", as MFL pointed out it looks like a J if you look at a cross section of it, because it curves in and slightly under the rig. It's on the whole rig, slides and all. On a class A this lower section also has the baggage doors in it, because that storage is below the floor of the rig.

Mondooker, if you had a single J panel and you needed it for either: A) A rig that is mostly built, that you've already spent labor and materials building but haven't gotten paid for, but finishing it with this panel would allow you to sell the rig and get paid, or B) a rig that you've already shipped and gotten paid for, where do you use the panel?

You're correct, it IS a conscious choice where parts go, and sales trumps service any day of the week and in any industry, not just RVs. Bean counters call the shots nowadays.


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It can cost $500 +- to ship a length of J. Sometimes the manufacturer or dealer, will just put item inside another new unit, going to dealer, where warranty is involved, thus no shipping cost to them. So may be a while before another ordered unit goes to your dealer.

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Do you guys happen to have a picture of J-Wrap? And what exactly it does?

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Does the J-Wrap go the full length of the Coach or just under the door?

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See the trim line on my FW, just below the red sticker. That trim is where j-wrap starts, and all below, around the fender skirt, and moving forward, but not shown, about halfway up my basement doors. My outdoor speakers are just set into j-panel, and open to the rear, for easy access.

Normally runs the full length.

Jerry

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