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Old 09-26-2016, 09:51 AM   #1
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I have a 2014 Sunset trail reserve 30RK and we have an issue with the front cap having cracks starting to appear. I am aware of the fading issue which mine has not done but was wondering if others had seen this problem with cracks and what was done or could be done to replace or repair. I have contacted both Cross Roads and my selling dealer about this. I will be taking it into the dealer tomorrow so they can see the issue. We were camping this weekend and there was another Sunset travel trailer there and it exhibited some cracking also but no where near as bad as mine. The gentleman who owned it said the cap had been repainted recently for the fading issue. His was a 2013. Thanks for any input.

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Can you post a picture? Wondering if it's just the gel coat cracking or the fiberglass base.
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:56 PM   #6
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Tough to see as those pic's are so close to get a good perspective.
Have you had to hard recent rain with some cold, freezing evenings just after?
I'd check the cap up at the rubber roof line and see if cracks or issues have appeared. If you have a front closet, do you find any moisture in the closet, on the shelves, or in the ceiling light fixture?
I would expect this to be moisture behind the fiberglass with freezing weather after to push on the cap and flex it to cracking.
If not under warranty, I'd use the 8"x10' Eternabond Front Cap repair tape. Issues gone!
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:22 PM   #7
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I live in Colorado and those cracks have just appeared in the last couple months. It has not been exposed to any cold weather. The inside of the trailer does not exhibit any issues from leakage.

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Took the trailer to the dealer today. They believe it is the gel coat cracking and also seen some fading. Cross roads has been contacted we'll see where this goes. More to come.

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Old 09-27-2016, 06:59 PM   #9
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In my opinion it is not gel coat cracking. Normally gel coat cracking is the result of local separation of the gel coat from the base Fiberglas, then the gel coat develops hairline spider web type cracks. Separation can be due to an air bubble or stone impact.

I suspect your cracks are originating at each screw that is securing the trim. Maybe the screws were over tightened but regardless the screw holes are the weak point in the cap and too much stess, for whatever reason will cause cracks at the screw holes.
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Repairing the gel coat will not solve the problem. Like Dayle said, stress cracks and damage from hits and over tightened screws will almost always go deep under the gelcoat and into the actual fiberglass structure under that gelcoat. You must fix the underlying layers of fiberglass as well as the gelcoat to permanently fix the stress crack.
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