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Old 02-03-2016, 01:51 PM   #1
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Front Cap Separation

Have any of you encountered a separation of the front cap separating from the driver's side below the driver's window? It looks like the molding is separating, but in fact it is the cap. I also have a separation on the same side where the cap meets the body of the coach. If so, what was the repair?
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:09 PM   #2
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I had small gaps like I think your describing and I got some marine silicon repair caulk at Home Depot and just filled in the gaps. i haven't noticed anything coming apart or the gap opening up again. I was just afraid of possible water damage. My first quick repair was with black duck tape. Dave
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:36 PM   #3
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I did a similar repair but then on our summer road trip the gap widened and lengthened.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:00 PM   #4
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Not sure, but I would contact Tiffin. Might be a warranty item. Not sure, but worth checking. I believe Tiffin builds their caps. Hope you get it figured out.
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Old 02-03-2016, 04:53 PM   #5
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I had a similar problem as did 3 others I know and it is a warranty problem. Someone took theirs to one of the Tiffin repair centers and they gave an estimate of $7000 to fix it. Tiffin did not authorize the repair and had them bring the coach to Red Bay for repairs. It seems they pull the trim off and secure the cap to the body and then attach new molding which has to be painted to match. I opted to do a repair myself because I did not want to travel to Red Bay and spends a month waiting for the repairs to be made. I put Marine Tec behind the molding and then secured the front cap and body side with screws and stainless washers. I will dig a picture out and attach it later. I actually spoke to Don Boyd and he approved my repair and if it doesn't hold up I still have the option of taking it to Red Bay.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for that info. Your damage looks similar to mine, but mine is a little higher.
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Both side of mine were the same. Another owner had two trim strips made out of stainless and screwed his back together.
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I experienced the same on my 36LA. I noticed mine after a 3000 mile trip to Sturgis. On my trip back home I noticed my windshield was separating from the dash. Once I arrived home I investigated as to why windshield was moving I found the 5 screws broken that hold dash to the front clip that's when I noticed the cap was separating from the side of Motorhome. Has anybody ever notice the windshield and cap flexing separate of the dash if so check the screws.
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Do check with Tiffin, but since you are in SoCal, check out Final Touch RV Body in Santa Clarita, off the 126 & 5. They did body work on my Allegro after a booboo, but in discussions with the boss, I was told they have done warranty work for Tiffin. Nice people and a large clean shop.
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I also experienced the same screws breaking on my dash. I noticed mine because my dash mat was blowing up on the front edge where it met the windshield and that whole area was squeaking. I drilled right down through the dash and the fiberglass ledge that the dash sits on and bolted them back together. I used 1 1/4 chrome fender washers on the top of the dash. To some it probably doesn't look as cute as those little upholstered buttons covers that Tiffin used to cover those flimsy screws that the used to secure the dash . I added to more attachment points so now I have seven. I put one more on each side closer to the windshield posts. I believe I used 2 by 1/4 hex head chrome bolts. I put them all in and pulled the dash back down working from the center out and back pulling it down with even pressure. As I said I have a dash mat so the chrome bolts and washer are cover.
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I should have added that the broken off ends of the screws that are stuck in the fiberglass do cause a problem when you drill through your bolt holes. They will also pose a problem if you try to put screws back in to replace the broken off ones in the same holes.
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I have the same thing happening of my 2014 36LA. I'm going to talk to my dealer and possibly Tiffin about options. I really don't want screw heads visible on the trim if there are other options. I have considered marine epoxy order the trim and a couple of counter sunk screws. Then I could use body filler over the screw heads and touch up paint.
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Front Cap Separation

I am sure this type of QC or design flaw will affect any resale value of your Tiffin MH. I also have a 2014 36LA and will be checking for cap separation and will be contacting Tiffin if there is any sign of this. So tired of hearing about serious flaws in their design and QC. And can't stand the thoughts of spending weeks in RB due to their half----d manufacture. Had it with their problems. Still fixing what we bought new!
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I am sure this type of QC or design flaw will affect any resale value of your Tiffin MH. I also have a 2014 36LA and will be checking for cap separation and will be contacting Tiffin if there is any sign of this. So tired of hearing about serious flaws in their design and QC. And can't stand the thoughts of spending weeks in RB due to their half----d manufacture. Had it with their problems. Still fixing what we bought new!
I think I have fixed all my design flaws along with the other fixes which were QC problems. There were quite a few of each. While you are under the hood looking to see if your dash is loose also check the aluminum blocks that are epoxied to the front cap that hold the grill and headlights on.
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