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Old 07-30-2021, 10:36 PM   #1
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Faded nose cap

I bought our RV in 2016 (Forest River Surveyor from Wilder RV) and within a few weeks Iíd put a coat of wax on the nose cap per a recommendation from a friend. Put another coat on the following summer. That fall I noticed some fading on the nose cap. Emailed the dealer for warranty auth and the manager requested pics which I supplied. Fortunately Iíd taken pics when we first brought it home. Sent them and the manager said he couldnít open it. Resent after my companyís IT person made sure it was attached correctly. The manager still couldnít open it. I smelled the BS and decided to never buy from them again. My question is this, is there any value to getting the nose cap repainted? Sale value? Trade-in value? Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:45 AM   #2
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I would send printed pictures with a request for warranty consideration via registered letter to both the dealer and the manufacturer. It would be worth the effort if it was fixed.
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Old 07-31-2021, 08:30 AM   #3
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Only value is if you're selling it. Trade in won't matter. Of the last two trailers I traded in neither dealer even looked at them until I brought them in on the day of the trade when I was scheduled to do a PDI. They never cared about the condition in that they both looked clean so no questions asked.

How much value will it add? Have you checked around for a cost to paint it?

I wouldn't buy a used RV with a faded cap since there's soooo many used ones to choose from that I could find something I like that didn't have a faded cap.

Would you?
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:03 AM   #4
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Unless you stored your coach under cover and used it infrequently, it's going to fade after five plus years. It sounds like you only waxed it a few times. Anything stored outdoors and is not protected from the sun is going to fade. To prevent it, you would have needed to wax it every few months and even then, if it got sun during the day, it would still fade.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:26 AM   #5
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My experience may help. I bought my coach from the original owner who seldom used it and kept it under cover for ten years. Since I bought it, it’s always been outdoors.

I sealed the roof including the roof of the front cap which is black, with Mop N Glo the first year and Zep floor wax the second year. Both failed to hold up and my front cap badly discolored. Third year I used TR Industries-CW-32 Gel-Gloss RV Cleaner and Wax with Carnauba, after a good wash. The discoloration went away. I applied this product again this year. My upper front cap is no longer discolored.
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Old 08-01-2021, 03:18 PM   #6
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I’m going to try your suggestion. I’ve already washed it so my next step is to attack the oxidation and then apply the product you recommended. I’ve already ordered it and it should be here tomorrow. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than repainting the nose gap. Thank you for your suggestion.
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I thought I kind of recognized the label original has been in like 12-16 oz. rectangle tin can in hardware or even grocery stores forever.
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Old 08-03-2021, 06:09 AM   #8
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There are many posts on this and other forums about faded front caps. Especially problematic was in the OPs age range and brown. Any "treatment" is temporary and the fade will be back. Solution 1, paint. Solution 2, park under a cover so it isn't sun damaged. Solution 3, go back in time and don't purchase that model, or any of the thousands of that era.
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Could the "fading" really be clear coat delamination? Got some pics?
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