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Old 12-25-2004, 11:05 AM   #1
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I am planning on ordering a Jayco Designer series 5th wheel in the near future. I can pay extra and get a high shine gel coat exterior. What are the advantages of this over the standard Filon exterior? Thanks, Don.

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Old 12-25-2004, 05:52 PM   #2
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Gel coat is easier to care for and does not deteriorate as fast under the weather.I have filon on my unit and wish I had gel.

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Old 12-26-2004, 03:07 AM   #3
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I have a rig with the Gel coat and compared to a rig I had a few years ago with the Filon, it's much easier to wash and wax. Plus, the Gel seems to look nicer too. The Gel will also add a little to the resale value.
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Old 12-26-2004, 10:24 AM   #4
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Diesel Don,

I have to agree with all that replied to your post. I have filon. Since it is a very thin sheet of fiberglass, glued to a thin piece of wood (the exact name of the wood escapes me) it has a tendency to delaminate. This causes the exterior skin to take on a "wavey" look and costs a fortune to repair. The gelcoat is closer to that of a fiberglass boat.

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I have Filon but wish I had Gel coat. I can make the Filon look pretty good but you can still see the fibers. The only good thing is that Filon is quite a bit lighter than the Gel coat fiberglass. Others say that "R" factor but I have not seen any proof of that.
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The Gel coat can also be repaired and painted. I don't beleive that is the case with the Filon. Someone can correct me if I am wrong. The Filon I had also yellowed over time where the Gel coat did not. But the filon can take a bump or hit without cracking where the Gel cracks. That's from, uhmmmm, experience.
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The Gel coat wins hands down. We had a motorhome with the filon and even after waxing it, it doesn't compare to our gel coat 5er on it's dirtiest day. The Gel coat waxes up beautifully and is som much easier to clean. I don't know where you live but here in California the dealers only reccommend gel coat. Good luck!
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Gel coat, hands down.

We had it on our 1996 Jayco Designer 3030RKSS and our 2000 Jayco Designer XL 3610RLTS.

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I had a close encounter with a tree with my camper which has a Filon skin. I took it to a respected RV shop here in Tucson with my insurance claim in hand, and they advised not repairing the damage becuase the repair would start to crack within a year. They suggested covering the damage with a piece of aluminum and maybe attaching a light on it to make it look normal. So far, I have just covered it with foil tape (for two years). See pics at http://klenger.net/misc/tree-damage/.

I have also had troube keeping the front of my camper clean. It seems by the time I get the bugs off, I have started to remove the shinny finish from the Filon. I don't have any experience with Gel coat, but it's sounding better all the time.

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