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Old 07-09-2018, 08:42 PM   #31
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We have a 2013 Reserve Sunset Trail 31 BH by CROSSROADS we purchased last summer. Previous owner didn't look after and tried to clean front cap. The front was severely faded. I washed the trailer and used a general degreaser. Then purchased a one step Marine / RV compound and applied with a polisher. Then applied a 9H Car Ceramic Coating Kit Color N Drive which I also purchased online from Amazon. Please see the before and after pictures unbelievable difference. The truth will be after next season if it still looks good.
How well has the ceramic coating held up?
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:10 PM   #32
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The automotive paint route is what they were doing to others here in Louisiana, except for mine saying I had waitd too long to file a complaint. I had so many problems over the first year I had just given up. Anyway, Crosssroads was paying $1300 per trailfer to have a truck repair outfit in Baton Rouge repaint the front cap with an automotive quality paint and then the dealer was replacing the emblem on front. At our age we'll just put up with this paid for trailer but bad mouth Crossroads and Courvelle RV in Opelousas, LA at every opportunity. Hate to be that way but they should have taken care of the problems.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:18 PM   #33
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We have a 2013 Reserve Sunset Trail 31 BH by CROSSROADS we purchased last summer. Previous owner didn't look after and tried to clean front cap. The front was severely faded. I washed the trailer and used a general degreaser. Then purchased a one step Marine / RV compound and applied with a polisher. Then applied a 9H Car Ceramic Coating Kit Color N Drive which I also purchased online from Amazon. Please see the before and after pictures unbelievable difference. The truth will be after next season if it still looks good.

I bought those items based on your recommendation, paid a young auto detailer to buff and apply, and our 32RL looks better than it ever has (it was faded when we bought it)!


Thanks for the post!
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:18 PM   #34
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Oxidation

Hey Folks

I'm so glad to see that this is almost a common problem.

We have a Crossroads Reserve 26BH 2012, every single year from day one I would spend 6 - 8 hours washing, and waxing the outside using good cleaning and waxing products and every year when I got it out of storage it looked worse.

I would ask around and check with fiberglass experts and try the recommended product, only to have the cap look worse the following year, but also never really coming back to original with all my work.

I contacted distributor and Crossroads and the products that they recommended never did any better than the other. I had sort of gave up.

I even had tried that 3M Marine wax that others have used. I did only a very slight improvement over everything else I tried.

Then camping last year out of the blue some people stoped and asked about the trailer and the cap and said they had the same issue and recommended some products from a supplier in Calgary (where they and we live).

I bought the products as a last ditch effort (very expensive about $200.00).

So far with about 6 hours into the project (must do when it is sort of cool, not 25 C)

I use an orbital polisher with the:

Poli Ox covering abut a 3' sq, and repeat at least 2 times

Then

2 applications of the 3M Marine Restore (1 application of either one barley makes a noticeable difference to the oxidation.

Last and I havent got this far is to apply the Poli Glow.

The directions say do not apply like a wax but rather like a Varnish. It is supposed to leave a "Wet Look" to the fiberglass.

Reading your comments this sounds common and it seems to be another example of manufacturers taking the cheap/inexpensive route in their process. for them to apply clear Gel-Coat would add minimal expense to you and I.

I owned boats and NEVER had this much trouble with a 10 year old boat and oxidation.

I was not impressed in year 2 with the support I was receiving from Crossroads on this and many other issues (wearing a set of tire out in 5000 miles) Caster Camber and Toe-In all wrong on the axels, (turns out the axles are way under rated for the DRY weight of the trailer) I had to buy new axels, went up 1 weight rating, still to light but could not go higher unless I was willing to change the entire suspension system. Crossroads, the trailer was just out of storage in the 2nd year (bought in May, got the unit into the dealer in August, no other appointments available) when they did the measurements they came up with the same numbers that an independent frame company gave me.

They (dealer) told me we were beyond the 1 year warranty and they would do nothing. I asked them to contact Crossroads, they came back with the axels were manufactured in 2010 and our trailer is a 2012 therefore the axels were 2 years old so no warranty.

I argued and complained and finally Crossroads agreed to ship a set of new axels (only, no hubs, no brakes) free of charge, it was up to me to have them installed. Unless it was done at a certified dealer no warranty, cost of installation over $1200.00.

Crossroads has left a bad taste in out mouth.

Are they all like this?

Yes we still have the unit, I have spent over $1000.00 in mods and upgrades and that does not include the new heavier axels.

Dont want to sell it quite yet.

The picture of the cap is before I started and it looks worse in real life.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:18 AM   #35
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Hey Folks

I'm so glad to see that this is almost a common problem.

We have a Crossroads Reserve 26BH 2012, every single year from day one I would spend 6 - 8 hours washing, and waxing the outside using good cleaning and waxing products and every year when I got it out of storage it looked worse.

I would ask around and check with fiberglass experts and try the recommended product, only to have the cap look worse the following year, but also never really coming back to original with all my work.

I contacted distributor and Crossroads and the products that they recommended never did any better than the other. I had sort of gave up.

I even had tried that 3M Marine wax that others have used. I did only a very slight improvement over everything else I tried.

Then camping last year out of the blue some people stoped and asked about the trailer and the cap and said they had the same issue and recommended some products from a supplier in Calgary (where they and we live).

I bought the products as a last ditch effort (very expensive about $200.00).

So far with about 6 hours into the project (must do when it is sort of cool, not 25 C)

I use an orbital polisher with the:

Poli Ox covering abut a 3' sq, and repeat at least 2 times

Then

2 applications of the 3M Marine Restore (1 application of either one barley makes a noticeable difference to the oxidation.

Last and I havent got this far is to apply the Poli Glow.

The directions say do not apply like a wax but rather like a Varnish. It is supposed to leave a "Wet Look" to the fiberglass.

Reading your comments this sounds common and it seems to be another example of manufacturers taking the cheap/inexpensive route in their process. for them to apply clear Gel-Coat would add minimal expense to you and I.

I owned boats and NEVER had this much trouble with a 10 year old boat and oxidation.

I was not impressed in year 2 with the support I was receiving from Crossroads on this and many other issues (wearing a set of tire out in 5000 miles) Caster Camber and Toe-In all wrong on the axels, (turns out the axles are way under rated for the DRY weight of the trailer) I had to buy new axels, went up 1 weight rating, still to light but could not go higher unless I was willing to change the entire suspension system. Crossroads, the trailer was just out of storage in the 2nd year (bought in May, got the unit into the dealer in August, no other appointments available) when they did the measurements they came up with the same numbers that an independent frame company gave me.

They (dealer) told me we were beyond the 1 year warranty and they would do nothing. I asked them to contact Crossroads, they came back with the axels were manufactured in 2010 and our trailer is a 2012 therefore the axels were 2 years old so no warranty.

I argued and complained and finally Crossroads agreed to ship a set of new axels (only, no hubs, no brakes) free of charge, it was up to me to have them installed. Unless it was done at a certified dealer no warranty, cost of installation over $1200.00.

Crossroads has left a bad taste in out mouth.

Are they all like this?

Yes we still have the unit, I have spent over $1000.00 in mods and upgrades and that does not include the new heavier axels.

Dont want to sell it quite yet.

The picture of the cap is before I started and it looks worse in real life.
We would love to see the `after' pictures, please. I hope it all works out for you.
I assume the Poli Glow is a protectant. Do you know how long it's suppose to last? How often do they recommend that you reapply?
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:27 AM   #36
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Bought ours new in 2012, the next summer Oxidization had started, in spite of the fact I had polished the cap with a good quality fiberglass cleaner and polish. Just kept keeping worse every year.

I cleaned and polished every year.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:57 AM   #37
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Like I have said numerous times about fade ...paint and clearcoat just loke a car is the only way to keeep from not having to do the polish yearly. Mine was done in aug of 2013 and still looks great . Just wash it ...like the car.
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