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Webman9113 03-27-2014 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by tedgard01 (Post 1986069)
Did you find it? It is on the roof of the bay in my 2014.5 37GT. There was no manual, but CW printed the 34 page manual from the internet and gave it to me.

Not yet! I'll check it out this weekend when I make my weekly check on The Beast in the storage lot.

DGShaffer 03-28-2014 03:43 AM

What a pain in the butt! When I was at the factory and driving around the area while they were making the repairs, I was amazed at how many fiberglass vendors their were. Some truck with two parts, some with 10 on trailers. You could smell the resin as you passed these manufacturing places. My thoughts are that they have many different vendors for these caps.

sbleiweiss 03-28-2014 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1986118)
This happened last month. We had been parked in an RV site for 4 months. At first we thought it was caused by an ice storm causing rain water to freeze and push the windshield out. The auto glass specialist who looked at it today said he didn't believe that was possible. At the same time, the side seal where the front cap attaches to the side panel split away for about 12 inches on each side, level with the V10 badges. This was repaired by a dealer who removed the trim strip and re screwed and caulked the seam. The glass guy is coming up with theories that revolve around some kind of severe torquing of the front end. I cannot recall anything like that happening. He also said it's possible the windshield opening in the cap was incorrectly cut at the factory. I assume the fiberglass is molded in one solid piece and then the openings are cut out with a jigsaw.

The windshield problem is pretty easy to spot. Stand beside the coach and look straight up and see if there is a gap between the black windshield seal and the fiberglass. In my case there was a gap big enough to put my fingers through. The glass guy sealed it up with black silicone caulk and tomorrow I'll finish it off with black duct tape.

Exactly what you describe happened to our 2013 DT; both the windshield and the side seams (and more) (you can read about our nightmares with it if you find the old posts). They eventually found that the cap was not secured properly (at all?) to the frame at the roof level. They could not see that until the windshield was out. We traded it for a 2014.5 and haven't had any similar problems (yet - knocking on wood). I have a theory which I have posted here before that Thor encountered problems in production during the transition from Damen to Thor. Hopefully they have solved them by 2014.5. For you 2013 owners, you may just have to slog through the fixes and heartaches.

Bweiler 03-29-2014 01:56 PM

My 2014.5 was delivered about 45 days ago. Just noticed today that we have a windshield issue similar to what others describe. At the bottom outer passenger corner - you can see a gap and move the windshield by hand. Any feedback from others on additional issues to look for or if this is a dealer capable repair ?

bdickson 03-29-2014 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Bweiler (Post 1988322)
My 2014.5 was delivered about 45 days ago. Just noticed today that we have a windshield issue similar to what others describe. At the bottom outer passenger corner - you can see a gap and move the windshield by hand. Any feedback from others on additional issues to look for or if this is a dealer capable repair ?

I showed mine to two dealers and they both said they would refer it out to an auto glass specialist. So I had said specialist come look at it and he recommended getting it repaired at the factory. My appointment is June 30th. He filled the gaps with urethane sealant and told me to watch for any cracking or peeling which would indicate the gap is getting worse.

rvbunz 03-29-2014 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1988618)
I showed mine to two dealers and they both said they would refer it out to an auto glass specialist. So I had said specialist come look at it and he recommended getting it repaired at the factory. My appointment is June 30th. He filled the gaps with urethane sealant and told me to watch for any cracking or peeling which would indicate the gap is getting worse.

On my way to Thor for warranty work. Stopped at rest area on Ohio for the night turn on the heat and won't stay running. Tried to light stove, no luck_, guess I'm out of had. Indicator days I'm full. Glad I have plenty of blankets.

bdickson 03-29-2014 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by rvbunz (Post 1988700)
On my way to Thor for warranty work. Stopped at rest area on Ohio for the night turn on the heat and won't stay running. Tried to light stove, no luck_, guess I'm out of had. Indicator days I'm full. Glad I have plenty of blankets.

at the risk of asking dumb questions, is the valve turned on?

rvbunz 03-29-2014 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1988716)
at the risk of asking dumb questions, is the valve turned on?

Yes it is. I was using the heat on below freezing nights to keep the coach heated and my fridge was operating on lp while driving today. Must have run out while driving

rvbunz 03-30-2014 02:16 AM

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Originally Posted by rvbunz (Post 1988723)

Yes it is. I was using the heat on below freezing nights to keep the coach heated and my fridge was operating on lp while driving today. Must have run out while driving

Stayed warm under the covers. Woke up at 3:30 got up at 4 looked outside and it snowed. Could use some lp right now.

DGShaffer 03-30-2014 04:27 AM

That sucks! If the valve on the tank read full there's no way you would run out over night. At least you're going to a place that can fix it.

When you see Steve, tell him I need an answer to an email I sent him on Saturday.

rvbunz 03-30-2014 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by DGShaffer (Post 1988958)
That sucks! If the valve on the tank read full there's no way you would run out over night. At least you're going to a place that can fix it.

When you see Steve, tell him I need an answer to an email I sent him on Saturday.

Will do

bdickson 03-30-2014 05:10 AM

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Originally Posted by rvbunz (Post 1988964)
Will do

Me too! I emailed Steve Thursday to confirm my June 30 appointment that Greg in Tech Support said he was going to set up for me. Thanks!

Mwoodofd 03-30-2014 06:13 AM

Hope your location sells propane. We stayed in Cuba, Missouri for the night. We will see you later today Bob. Drive safe.

sbleiweiss 03-30-2014 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by rvbunz (Post 1988723)
Yes it is. I was using the heat on below freezing nights to keep the coach heated and my fridge was operating on lp while driving today. Must have run out while driving

You should know if you have used enough to be empty. How long since you filled? Another thing to check. I think there is a safety mechanism that locks out all lp devices if the CO/propane monitor is turned off or not functioning.


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