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Old 04-17-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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Has anyone had problems with clear coat cracking? I have a 2006 Mountain Aire MADP 4032 that has been keep clean and waxed and is stored inside a building except when in use about six months a year. I noticed when cleaning the coach last week the clear coat has small cracks all over the sides mostly in the dark colors. Any one else having problems?

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Old 04-17-2014, 08:41 AM   #2
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Hi preston,
You are not going to like my answer. That vintage coach (along with other brands) has this problem. It may go deeper than the clear coat. It may go right to the fiberglass wall. The situation will get worse, over time. The only remedy is to have the walls of the coach replaced. Newmar has had a program to help owners with the cost. Contact Newmar for details. The problem is with the material used to make the walls.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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I would just watch it for a year or so. I have a few short hairline spots on mine, and one starburst pattern. I doubt anyone has really noticed them but me. They have been there for 7-8 years now and have not changed/got worse. Meanwhile, I know folks who have done a repaint and only to have them reappear several months later.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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From what you are describing it sounds like "checking" which is a fiberglass issue. Many motor homes between at least 2003 till as late as 2009 have the problem. You should have no problem getting more info on "checking". We are our 04 Essex back to the factory in 2011 for fiberglass and all new paint. Newmar did a great job at a big discount. Their work was outstanding and we are very pleased we had it done.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:56 PM   #5
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My '05 Mt Aire started to show the checking last year and I had it resided and painted this spring by Newmar. It will be ready next Thrs the 24th. We are preparing to drive from /AZ to IN next week.
The longer you wait the less Newmar will help. That is the Newmar subsidized cost goes up with each year the coach ages. By havibg it done during the slow winter period the cost was less still.
If you plan to keep the coach for a long time then it may not pay to have it resided as it is not a structural problem, only cosmetic. If you plan to trade or sell in the next few years then it may be worth while to have it done. Most everyone looking for coaches is aware of the issue and if you can show the residing has been done you will command a higher price.

Had a number of other items fixed as well.

Good luck with your decision.

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I am looking to buy a 2005 KS and am aware of the issue. I spoke at length with Newmar and as stated it is not structural issue, only cosmetic. For the cost of correction, you have to weigh that against the worth of the coach and any loss you might have if you were to sell. Not sure how bad yours is, but I would tend not to have anything done solely due to the cost. Darker colors and high heat zones (southwest) bring the issue on quicker.
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