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Old 06-01-2016, 11:45 PM   #1
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New 5th Wheel has delamination

Hello All. Just joined the forum so if this is not the right area to post this, please forgive. I bought a new Grand Design 27RL at the end of last summer. Within a week I noticed some 5" diameter bubbles on the exterior wall. the are close together.. I contacted the dealer and their proposing to cut out the fiberglass in that area and re-glue. Then bondo and repaint like a car repair. Two things. Will this type of repair last over time and not be noticeable? Will this lower the resale. It is still under warranty. If this were out of warranty then the cost of doing anything else would be prohibitive, but since it is in warranty should I be pushing to have the factory replace the wall or would this be worse?
Thanks for any help with this
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:42 AM   #2
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Certainly a sad issue. First thing I'd do is make sure the Mfg'r is notified and responds in writing. . Take lots of pictures. Personally if the defect is not cracked of would allow water to enter the skin I would let it alone. Ya, it's not pretty . I would not take the chance of a cut and patch. Too much is at risk of material failure over time and quality of workmanship. However I would also have the Mfg'r commit to a repair under warrenty if down the road it dose crack and fail. MHO.


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Old 06-02-2016, 09:03 AM   #3
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I would post that on the Grand Design forum and see if anyone else has had the same issue. Then get in contact with GD and ask them for advice on a repair.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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Why don't you call Grand Design about this. I'm sure they'll make it right. You won't get it fixed on the interweb.

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Old 06-04-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jimbrv View Post
Why don't you call Grand Design about this. I'm sure they'll make it right. You won't get it fixed on the interweb.
He's asking questions about value and if it's the appropriate fix.
And yes, Grand Design has an excellent reputation.

The first question to answer is why did it delaminate?

The reality is that a fiberglass repair, done properly, can be patched in and not affect resale because you won't know it's there. I'd think this is beyond the capability of most RV dealers however, and I'd probably be looking for someone with RV "paint" experience or a marine shop that deals with fiberglass/gelcoat.

Is that paint/gelcoat on the side or vinyl?

Before I let shops do repairs like this, I ask to see prior (and existing) examples of their work. Many RV-shops will subcontract it.
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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I called Grand Design

I talked to the factory and they agreed to bring it back to replace the wall. Thanks to all that responded.
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Old 06-05-2016, 09:14 AM   #7
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I rest my case. Grand Design is a fantastic company in the way they take care of their customers.

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