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Old 10-19-2017, 07:02 PM   #1
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Gelcoat Crack

Any opinions on how to deal with this? Surprised to see it after 1-1/2 years.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:15 PM   #2
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pick up the phone, you're still under warranty, right?
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:47 PM   #3
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pick up the phone, you're still under warranty, right?
I wrote them. Was told that it couldn't be their issue and that it must be my fault or some other action. My theory is that the stress from plugging in the quick connect cause flexing at the corner and caused the crack. According to Escape that can't be because they have no complaints and they have been installing external showers for three years.

Do I sound frustrated?

Their suggestion was wax it well to keep out dirt....
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The key question to me would be is it a crack in the shell or just the gelcoat? If it's just the gelcoat, that's cosmetic and an easy fix.
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pick up the phone, you're still under warranty, right?
Sad to say Bob, however when it comes to FG issues, ETI is either going to say it's cosmetic as in print -thoughs around the door like we both have, or spider cracking like Greg A has. Now with this situation - it must be your fault, because evidently it isn't theirs as they haven't heard of it in three years. Right- and they never heard about rusted window screws until mine happened. By then they had been making trailers for over seven years. Huh?
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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The key question to me would be is it a crack in the shell or just the gelcoat? If it's just the gelcoat, that's cosmetic and an easy fix.
Can you point me in the right direction? I'll be doing this myself...

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Can you point me in the right direction? I'll be doing this myself...

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If you have access to the interior side adjacent to where the crack is, the only way to determine if it's the shell (which I seriously doubt) would be to peel or cut back the liner or insulation so you can inspect the shell itself. If it's cracked, that's more than cosmetic and you'd want to apply a fiberglass patch over the crack before repairing the gelcoat on the outside.

It's probably just the gelcoat. A crack through the shell is usually caused by a harder impact, not a slight flex.

If it's just the gelcoat, the trick there is to match the color. There are many shades of "white" gelcoat. I'd see if maybe Escape could give you some insight on the color or maybe even send you a small container of matching gelcoat.

As a side note, I would think this obviously falls under a warranty repair, and frankly, I'm a bit puzzled by what Escape told you. The shell is either warranted for 2 years or it's not. This was not damage caused by misuse or accident, and looks to be a simple defect.
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When we couldn't get paint to match on older cars we used to tell folks the new paint would match better once it had a chance to age a little.

Sounds like the run around to me. I'd start a paper trail and keep bitching.

Don't suppose you have boat repair places in the Rockies? In lieu of that, try a good auto body shop, see what they say. Might give you some ammo to pass on to ETI.
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If you have access to the interior side adjacent to where the crack is, the only way to determine if it's the shell (which I seriously doubt) would be to peel or cut back the liner or insulation so you can inspect the shell itself. If it's cracked, that's more than cosmetic and you'd want to apply a fiberglass patch over the crack before repairing the gelcoat on the outside.

It's probably just the gelcoat. A crack through the shell is usually caused by a harder impact, not a slight flex.

If it's just the gelcoat, the trick there is to match the color. There are many shades of "white" gelcoat. I'd see if maybe Escape could give you some insight on the color or maybe even send you a small container of matching gelcoat.

As a side note, I would think this obviously falls under a warranty repair, and frankly, I'm a bit puzzled by what Escape told you. The shell is either warranted for 2 years or it's not. This was not damage caused by misuse or accident, and looks to be a simple defect.
Thanks for the reply but the crack is either behind the shower wall or closet. I think the only way to inspect it fully would be to pull the external shower box which means a lot of rivets.

I'm puzzled by their reply too, especially since they didn't ask any questions or try to clarify. Just looked at these pictures and said not our fault, cosmetic only and wax will keep the dirt out.
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I would stick on Escape starting with how they think it was your fault. You might go by an RV shop and show photos of what would need removing to get a good look and what that would take.
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