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Old 10-05-2018, 07:23 PM   #1
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Cracks in roof

We have a 2015 Vista. Have noticed that there a number of fine cracks in the fiberglass roof just as it starts to bend around at the sides. I've been patching them with eternabond, but wonder if any one else is having the same issues? Would this be covered under a roof warranty?
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:24 PM   #2
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I have heard of it but it seems kind of rare in my memory. Give Winnebago a call, I know they've surprised people with out of warranty repairs for free before. Also, I'm pretty sure their fiberglass roof warranty is 10 years. At least it was for my '02 Journey.


I'd bet if you took some pictures and posted them, you might get a more authoritative answer too.
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Our 03 Itasca (Winnebago) had the 10 year roof warranty. Never had an issue so I've never looked to see what all it covered. Like Michelin tires, small cracks at the surface that are just cosmetic in nature may not be covered. I'd call Winnebago to find out. The OP might take a couple of pictures and have them ready to send in case they ask.
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We have a 2015 Vista. Have noticed that there a number of fine cracks in the fiberglass roof just as it starts to bend around at the sides. I've been patching them with eternabond, but wonder if any one else is having the same issues? Would this be covered under a roof warranty?
You have a 2015 Winne coach with CRACKS IN THE ROOFING? Wow, what are you doing, baking that thing in a super large oven? Sarcasm aside, this is the first I've read of that kind of issue, especially on a coach as new as yours. And by the way, if I were you, I'd definitely check the brochure for your coach or, any other paperwork that had pertinent info for warranty. Winne's have had a 10 year warranty for a long, long time.
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There was a Winnebago recall on that specific issue, that included part of the 2015 Vista production output. Call Winnebago with your serial # and see if your unit was under the recall. The recall fix is to run strips of 4" Color Matched Eternabond tape down both sides.

I got a first class letter from Winnebago a few years ago about it.

Call customer service. You might offer to send them photos and see if they will do a complementary repair even if your specific serial # was not part of the recall.
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There was a Winnebago recall on that specific issue, that included part of the 2015 Vista production output. Call Winnebago with your serial # and see if your unit was under the recall. The recall fix is to run strips of 4" Color Matched Eternabond tape down both sides.

I got a first class letter from Winnebago a few years ago about it.

Call customer service. You might offer to send them photos and see if they will do a complementary repair even if your specific serial # was not part of the recall.
That's Winnebagos fix, TAPE IT? Hmmmm.
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That's Winnebagos fix, TAPE IT? Hmmmm.
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I agree, Scott. When we purchased our 2014 Forza new I was thinking they were a "cut above" other Rv Manufacturers. Practical experience has taught me " not so much".

Sad, but true.

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Winnie has used Eternabond tape on previous warranty repairs too. Back in the '04-'06 era when they produced 10's (100's? 1,000's?) of roofs that weren't wide enough and they'd pop out of the side channels within days, weeks, or months of the owner driving them off the lot.

That's one reason I used 2" Eternabond along the edges of my Journey instead of going to the bother of inspecting every 6 months and periodically replacing or repairing the caulking. Simply because if they use it, then it probably works. On my RV, still looks good after 19 months of being up there.

Of course I have a long history of appreciating Ebond tape as I used it to keep my '94 Bounder roof from leaking for the 12 years I owned it. The Ebond tape always did good on that old beast from -55F up to 120F depending on where I was. So I don't think it's sad that they used it. Probably will handle the owners issues handily, and last for the lifetime of the roof with only minimal maintenance. IMO.

If it's good enough for the engineers at Winnie, it's good enough for me.
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I agree, Scott. When we purchased our 2014 Forza new I was thinking they were a "cut above" other Rv Manufacturers. Practical experience has taught me " not so much".

Sad, but true.

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Is this your first RV? I had a Fleetwood for 1 1/2 years and then RAN back to Winnie.
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At the suggestion of forum members, I contacted Winnebago. They said at 2015 it was out of warranty but send photos and they would let me know. Since I had already eternabonded the cracks there is nothing to see. Tech send photos and if possible take tape off one. I'm guessing that this will go no where.
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At the suggestion of forum members, I contacted Winnebago. They said at 2015 it was out of warranty but send photos and they would let me know. Since I had already eternabonded the cracks there is nothing to see. Tech send photos and if possible take tape off one. I'm guessing that this will go no where.

I'm unclear on what you want Winnie to do at this point. They would have likely covered the cracks with Ebond just like you did. Are you looking for compensation for your labor and expenses?


If that's the case, I don't think they'll do much for you since they would have wanted to do the work themselves to ensure proper application of the tape on a properly prepared surface.


But I'm just guessing of course.
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