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Old 07-12-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Front Fender Flapping or (my fenders came unglued)

With Thanks to BC Bowers and my Donna, I discovered that the fiberglass between the front wheels and the nose is only held in place by 2 brackets that are "Glued to the glass" and this glue has completely let go.

This allows the "fenders" to flap in the breeze and eventually result in their tearing away and flying down the road. (This happened to BCBowers)

Take a minute and look in your front wheel well to ensure that your "fenders" are still firmly attached to your Alpine.
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That's why they invented pop rivets!
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There are rivets along the front edge of the panel and directly behind the front generator slide fiberglass section. If you look underneath your coach directly under the driver's seat you'll realize that there's basically an "air dam". The speed of your coach determines how much air pressure is pushing out on that that side panel.

I used to drive in excess of 70 MPH. Heading for the San Dimas rally last year along I70 the front portion of that panel came flying up. It had even pulled the front rivots loose and tore the fiberglass above the left DS wheel well. I had the panel repaired & re-installed at a local RV / Truck body shop where they also reinforced the fiberglass mounting. They said this problem is "typical" of many motorhomes and NOT unique to WRV.

I believe the point here is a "WARNING" to check that panel amd make sure it's not coming loose in any way. And, the faster you drive the more often you should check it. If you own a mid-door model you should probably check both sides.
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I found out the hardway returning to Grand Junction, mine didn't come off but close...
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I believe the point here is a "WARNING" to check that panel amd make sure it's not coming loose in any way. And, the faster you drive the more often you should check it. If you own a mid-door model you should probably check both sides.
YES Thanks for clearing up my point Bob!

Mid door has 2...Front door only has 1

This is kind of like the rear spoiler issue, only on the other end of the coach!
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