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Old 12-14-2019, 09:11 PM   #1
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Tiffin roof rail

I am going for final inspection on a 2007 Tiffin Phaeton tomorrow. Reading iRVS tonight, I hear about cracked roof rails. What are they and where would a person look to see if this coach has that problem.



I still have a little time to renegotiate if there are cracked rails. A quick response would be much appreciated.


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Old 12-14-2019, 10:59 PM   #2
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They are at the sidewall/roof interface area. They are usually small cracks in the fiberglass that run down the length of the interface area or intermittently in the interface area. Personal experience.
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:12 PM   #3
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I don't believe it's an issue on a 2007 Phaeton as it should have aluminum roof rails. The problem started with the 2008 models with a one piece fiberglass radius roof.

I would suggest getting on a ladder and make sure they are aluminum.
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:18 AM   #4
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my 2006 has the radius from new 2007 was the first year with the one piece roof
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statement made from Red Bay

Changes we have made are as follows: water bay now has a floor frame that is steel with a polyethylene liner. Change made in production 2-24-2010. The flat floor slide now has an aluminum frame instead of plywood floor. Change made in production 5-10-2011. The roof rails for the one piece molded fiberglass roof cap were changed to a cross-weave fiberglass mat design on 6-5-2011. This made the roof on the rails almost twice as strong, and on 3-1-2012 we added a new vinyl ester resin for more durability. This new resin prevents the fiberglass from cracking. We have a limited warranty on each of these three items. The flat floor slide is warranted for six years from the original in-date service; the water bay floor is warranted for eight years from the original in-date service; and the roof rails are warranted for six years from the original in-date service. At this writing, we have repaired and warranted approximately 1,050 roof rails, 506 flat floor slides, and 1,208 water bay floors.
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I don't believe it's an issue on a 2007 Phaeton as it should have aluminum roof rails. The problem started with the 2008 models with a one piece fiberglass radius roof.

I would suggest getting on a ladder and make sure they are aluminum.
Sorry Bob, but it is an issue on the 2007 Phaetons, the service center replaced ours in 2012.
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