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Old 05-18-2017, 07:06 AM   #21
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We have the same issue on our Keystone Raptor front cap. We purchased a warranty for the Tires, Interior fabric and exterior protection back when we bout the 5er new. When I noticed the fading I called the warranty company and there were several things they wanted, pictures and an estimate. At the end of the day its in the shop getting the front cap fixed under warranty!! We shall see how long the new cap will last. I have been thinking about making a cover for just the cap as it faces south while stored in our driveway. Has anyone done this? Here are a few pictures of the fading and sticker delamination.


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Old 05-18-2017, 07:24 AM   #22
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That's great news !! Hopefully your problems with faded decals and oxidized paint will be completely solved. As for covering the front of your trailer to prevent "sun damage", be aware that several of us "speculate" (nobody can prove or disprove) that moisture under a canvas or similar cover enhances the chances of any moisture being turned to steam and penetrating the FILON. This steam (we think) causes delamination of the fiberglass from the luan/cardboard backing and creates significant water intrusion damage to the fiberglass.

So, if you're going to cover the front to protect the decals, consider that you might be setting yourself up for even more costly damage in the long run. Can't win??? Sometimes it seems that way. If you do want to shade the front of your RV from the sun, you might want to look at developing some type of "shade" without actually putting a cover on the RV.

Keep us posted on the repainting/decal replacement and congratulations on the "win" with your aftermarket protection company...
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:26 AM   #23
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As John mentioned you may want to find a way to shade the sun from the trailer.

In our case we have plenty of room on our property to store the trailer but, after already having the cap painted once due to fading, we decided to rent an eclosed, insulated 55x18 storage building. The W TX heat and sun is just too much to take another chance.

If they are going to re-paint your cap make sure they use a top grade automotive paint and then clear coat it. I asked them to put at least 2 coats of clear coat on mine. So far (3 years), no issues.
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:42 AM   #24
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I have a fading cap on my Cougar..What about instead of fighting the fade and or repainting. Having a company do a wrap job on the cap..Would this work ??
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:45 AM   #25
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I have a fading cap on my Cougar..What about instead of fighting the fade and or repainting. Having a company do a wrap job on the cap..Would this work ??
At some point that is what I am planning.

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Old 05-18-2017, 12:08 PM   #26
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If you do a "Google Search" for "how long do vinyl wraps last?" you'll see that the typical vinyl wrap on an automobile lasts 5-7 years. On boats (similar environment as an RV) depending on the quality of vinyl and ink, the "advertised life span" can be anywhere from 2 years to 7 years. The "premium vinyl wraps" (highest cost) gives the longest life, but at the greatest expense.

If you think about a faded cap on a 2011 RV, it's already 6 or 7 years old. That would put it in comparative longevity to the "premium category" of vinyl wraps. Depending on your wallet, your needs and expectations and your plans to keep the RV for a specific time frame, the expense of painting vs the expense of a "premium wrap" vs living with the existing faded cap and waxing/polycoating is a choice that each individual owner has to decide.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:01 PM   #27
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Marine grade paint, I used white 2 coats, reduced the heat absorption as well cooled down the bedroom
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:27 AM   #28
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Got the Raptor back the other day. I think it came out great!! I decided to go with just the RAPTOR sticker and not the entire mural set up. What do you think?

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Old 08-05-2017, 06:20 PM   #29
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