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Old 03-12-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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I noticed on our 2000 Journey a multitude of small multidirectional hairline cracks in the fiberglass sides varying in length with some as long as 5-6 inches. Although I've found them on both sides of the coach they appear particularly concentrated in areas where water drains down the coach sides. I've been told that this is fiberglass breakdown and have submitted pics to Winnebago. Anyone with similar problem or otherwise aware of problem?
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Old 03-12-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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I noticed on our 2000 Journey a multitude of small multidirectional hairline cracks in the fiberglass sides varying in length with some as long as 5-6 inches. Although I've found them on both sides of the coach they appear particularly concentrated in areas where water drains down the coach sides. I've been told that this is fiberglass breakdown and have submitted pics to Winnebago. Anyone with similar problem or otherwise aware of problem?
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:36 PM   #3
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....probably called "stress fractures"....very common....geokaye
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:30 PM   #4
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Has Winnebago indicated they would pay for any repairs? I have similar things but thought I had to live with the.
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Old 03-13-2005, 01:51 PM   #5
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I am not sure if my problem is the same as yours. I had a 2000 Adventurer and stated to see circular popping on the coach. They would start as circular lines in spots and than would pop out looking almost like a small rock it the coach.
I followed up with Winnebago and found out that there was a problem with the assembly of the fiberglass siding on some of the Winnebago coached starting in 2000 - 2003?.
Most dealers don't know about the problem. I got lucky because I was at Lazy Days in 1/05 and found a sales manager who knew exactly what the problem was. He had the Wibbebago rep look at my coach and he authorized fixing the problem at no charge.

Not sure if this is your problem - but wanted you to know about my issue.
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:10 PM   #6
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I have the small pocks showing up on my fiberglass panels also. Talked to Winnebago, they claim to not know what it is. They had me take it to a nearby RV repair place. They repaired the Pocks, they have now returned again. Will take it further with Winnebago. First Pock appeared just 6 months after I took delivery new. Then 5 or 6 each side towards rear. Dealer was of NO help what-so-ever.
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:32 PM   #7
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I just posted a couple of pictures of the fiberglass changes in the photo gallery. They should give an idea of the severity of the problem. At this point Winnebago is reviewing the issue and discussing it with the fiberglass manufacturer.They have been real slooooow about coming to a conclusion but they've not blown me off at present. There is no associated problem such as pock marks or delamination. Thanks for any input.
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......I had a customers boat that had "****" down the side where the floor was screwed to the hull.....the SS assembly screws were a 1/16" too long and were working their way through the fiberglass....there were 72 on each side of the boat.....Bayliner replaced the whole boat-"manufacturing error"......[a $72,000 error].....geof kaye
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Winnebago better start stepping up to the plate! They'll be wondering where all their sales went, after people read these forum posts, if they don't correct these errors.
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Old 03-14-2005, 04:12 AM   #10
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The sales maanger at Lazy Days who helped me said that you have to stay after Winnebago but that they will come through. His name is Bob White, 800-626-7800. I traded my 2000 Adventurer for a 2005 Itasca with them in Jan.

I also posted this issue on RV Net last year and someone responded that they had the same problem and had the dealer fix it at no charge.

If you are a FMCA member and save their magazines there was a write up from a reader on the same problem that was also fixed at no charge. It was in an issue from last year - I think the first half.
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.....quick way to clean out the bubbles is with an 1/8" hole and your vacuum cleaner...sucks out the water and air and then can be refilled with resin or superglue.....will ruin the vacuum so use a neighbors or your x-wifes......geof kaye
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In ref to the photos of scratches. Mine are exactly the same. Has a factory rep authorized the repair and if so can I have his name. I am getting these in various parts of the white paint. From a distance you cannot see them.
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When did you start noticing the problem? Do they appear anywhere other that in the white painted area. Have they affected the decals..on the red slash decal I've noticed small splits where the underlying white now shows through.
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:39 PM   #14
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I noticed them about one month ago. There are no flaws in the decals, so far. The scrathes are in the white only near the rear cap on the sidwall between the bedroom slide and the cap, also on the white panel under the drivers side window area. Its not that I do not take care of the finish I constanly wash and polish the exterior.
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