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Old 03-16-2014, 06:30 PM   #15
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If you plan on getting a Hensley or ProPride hitch then the caps can be a problem with getting the jacks installed.

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Old 03-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #16
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My next TT will probably have a molded front and rear cap. I'd actually like to have a molded roof, too. I am currently liking the Evergreen Element. They list 2 models but according to their regional manager, they are only producing the smaller unit. It just doesn't suit my needs... What I'd really like is an Aviator Wright Flyer, but they only made them one year, and they were pricey, to say the least... even discounted to more than 50% off original MSRP as some of them are...

Oh well.. back to just enjoying what I have...
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #17
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FWIW my Vantage has front and rear molded caps, and it has a front window. Sides are smooth gelcoat. i like the look. Not sure why a front window is a rare feature with the caps - I know some of the Open Range models have it, as well as the now defunct Vantage line. Can't think of any others.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #18
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I refuse to buy a trailer without the fiberglass cap. I've seen too many delamination issues on trailers without it. Very ugly.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #19
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Thank You from OP

A big Thank You for all the great advice and commentary.

Fiberglas for us!
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:25 AM   #20
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Coachmen/FR is doing the cap this year on the Apex...alot of different sizes to choose from it is an extra though, but could be worth it in the long run.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:38 AM   #21
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After having repairs made on a standard front from a water leak at the front seam, I won't ever have a TT or 5er without a front cap that overlaps the top & sides.

My leak was generally on the seam cover/seal facing forward and was more prevalent when moving during a rain event. The cover/seal was the plastic strip type that slides into slots in the aluminum trim. Probably would have helped if the manufacturer had put a dob of silicone on the screw heads before putting the cover/seal on.......
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:36 PM   #22
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My leak was generally on the seam cover/seal facing forward and was more prevalent when moving during a rain event. The cover/seal was the plastic strip type that slides into slots in the aluminum trim. Probably would have helped if the manufacturer had put a dob of silicone on the screw heads before putting the cover/seal on.......
That just means the mfg didn't seal up UNDER the trim. That vinyl insert is not meant to weatherproof the trim, but to make it look better.

Molded caps can have that same trip, put on the same way, with the same insert, and still leak. It all depends on what is done before the trim is applied.
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That just means the mfg didn't seal up UNDER the trim. That vinyl insert is not meant to weatherproof the trim, but to make it look better.

Molded caps can have that same trip, put on the same way, with the same insert, and still leak. It all depends on what is done before the trim is applied.
Very true! However, my current trailer front cap does not have any forward facing seams subject to direct air/water assault when running through a rainstorm going down the highway at 60mph. Having said that, after my experience, I check the rest of the seams on a more regular basis on this coach. Oh yeah - roof gets examined every 6 months or after any long trip.

"Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"

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The front cap looks nice but does a a bit more weight if you are on the limit.
Any ideas on what the front cap weight is? How much does it add to the total weight of the camper, specifically a EverGreen Sun Valley S318BHS?
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I've picked up one for a Wildcat fifth wheel before. It was awkward but not heavy. The cap was maybe 100-200 lbs. It was very very light for it's size. It's just fiberglass with a few thin pieces of wood for reinforcement.
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I've picked up one for a Wildcat fifth wheel before. It was awkward but not heavy. The cap was maybe 100-200 lbs. It was very very light for it's size. It's just fiberglass with a few thin pieces of wood for reinforcement.
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