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Old 06-15-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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I have a couple of question which relate to what you see in these two pictures and the narrative below:



I regularly inspect the roof on my '05 Journey. Recently I discovered where the fiberglass nose cap has started flaking in more than one place along the edge where it's seamed to the roof (second pic). This wasn't the case 4 months ago when I last inspected the roof. I haven't been through any hailstorms and can't think of any other exterior event/force that would cause this.

I called Winnebago Service and they asked me to have a dealer to document the issue. The dealer said "yeah they do that" and went on to say they were surprised the whole nose cap seam wasn't doped with the CSL type caulk (i.e. like around the air horns pictured here). They said most of the Journeys/Vectras they have sold come from the factory that way???

So before I contact Winnebago Service again I like to find out from my peers here if:

Does your nose cap roof seam look like mine or does it have a lot more caulk on it?

If it looks like mine are you experiencing edge flaking as pictured here?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:48 PM   #2
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I have a couple of question which relate to what you see in these two pictures and the narrative below:



I regularly inspect the roof on my '05 Journey. Recently I discovered where the fiberglass nose cap has started flaking in more than one place along the edge where it's seamed to the roof (second pic). This wasn't the case 4 months ago when I last inspected the roof. I haven't been through any hailstorms and can't think of any other exterior event/force that would cause this.

I called Winnebago Service and they asked me to have a dealer to document the issue. The dealer said "yeah they do that" and went on to say they were surprised the whole nose cap seam wasn't doped with the CSL type caulk (i.e. like around the air horns pictured here). They said most of the Journeys/Vectras they have sold come from the factory that way???

So before I contact Winnebago Service again I like to find out from my peers here if:

Does your nose cap roof seam look like mine or does it have a lot more caulk on it?

If it looks like mine are you experiencing edge flaking as pictured here?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:19 PM   #3
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Vicsryd....my 02 Journey has a lot more chaul on the seam and around the air horns plate....It is white self leveling chaulk and is not silicone. RKL
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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Hi Jon, I checked mine. It has a 3/8 to 1/2 inch bead like yours but it's not chipped. Woodpeckers?? Freeze/thaw - I doubt it.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:10 PM   #5
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It's covered when stored and hasn't been wet when the temperatures have been below freezing.

Birds or squirrels did occur to me. But why would they do mess with this material?
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:19 PM   #6
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My cap to roof seams look more like yours than they do like the air horns. But I've never seen anything like that flaking/chipping. If it were mine, I would send some pictures of it to Winnebago Owner Relalations and ask for their input. Assuming I am seeing what I think I am seeing, it sure doesn't look normal, or good, to me.
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Old 06-16-2007, 07:17 AM   #7
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The more my wife and I look at the picture the more it looks like impact damage, almost like a woodpecker did it. But why along the exact corner edge of the fiberglass?

I will be talking to Winnie about it on Monday.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:17 PM   #8
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Jon, I went over and looked at mine tonight and it's exactly the same as yours. Looks like that whole seam might be a candidate for Etrnabond tape. I think it looks like impact damage as well, but don't Woodpeckers do their drilling in the fall, or is it an all year headache?
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Eternabond..good idea. If Winnie say "your on your own" i'll probably go that route.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:46 PM   #10
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THAT's the spelling I was looking for
But you're right, for a seam that rigid it needs more protection than what's there.
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My seem also looked about the same as yours, just sans-chipping.

I questioned the ability of the seal, and last year I caulked and re caulked the seam with dicor. So far, it still looks pretty good, but it was a job taking the original stuff out.

On a side note, I also did the side seams with Dicor, which did not hold up at all. A month ago I had to peal off all that, and reseal with silicone which is what Winnie Customer Relations said to do.

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Dealer was a waste of time on this one. I ended up sendin my own pictures to Winnebago Service Administration a week ago. They called this morning and will authorize good-will repairs. But first they want someone from a Winnebago dealership who knows fiberglass to analyze the damage to see how deep it goes (I didn't think to probe it myself) and to determine if it is just external damage or some form of deterioration. The guy seemed very concerned about it.

Unfortunately the fiberglass expert at my local dealer weighs 300lbs. So now the hunt is on to find someone who can fulfill WSA's request.
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Sounds like the right response from Winnebago. As I mentioned before, it sure doesn't look normal or good. Actually, it looks like bad fiberglass to me ...some kind of defect in it. Thanks for the report back, and let us know the final outcome.
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Sounds like I'd be $$ ahead to just run a strip of tape across the top just because..
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