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Old 08-04-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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Spider crack in front cap

Are any spider cracks (such as a small spider crack on the front point) expected in a new fifth wheel fiberglass front cap? A friend of ours was asking and I said I would see what folks say on this forum. Should he expect to see any? Is that normal or a defect? Thanks for any input and personal experience you have to share.

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Old 08-04-2016, 11:33 PM   #2
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Difficult to know exactly the extent of spider cracking your referring to. Is it near the edge(s) or stress points? A point of impact? We once had a bird hit a front end cap at 60+ mph that left a grapefruit sized mild spider web. The cracks were not very deep. Frequent waxing made them less visible. Similar to boats gel coat cracks are usually a result of impact or stress to the fiberglass.
Our current coach arrived after transport with an apparent quarter sized stone chip. We're having it repaired at the factory facility with a few other items.
Generally, I'd not expect to see any on a "new" coach, or expect quality warranty repair or financial compensation.

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:25 AM   #3
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Thanks. I will recommend him having it checked out. It is on the point of the front (I guess it has a point in the middle near the bottom of the nose).
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On a new unit? No........
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