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Old 02-21-2016, 11:36 PM   #1
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Aerolite 282DBHS delamination

HI everyone! Just discovered a delamination bubble on our 2014 Aerolite!! It's on the top right side, just below the front cap, and about the size of a big hand. Anyone else having this issue?? Is this covered by the warranty? We are taking it to get checked and would like to know what to expect. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:49 PM   #2
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HI everyone! Just discovered a delamination bubble on our 2014 Aerolite!! It's on the top right side, just below the front cap, and about the size of a big hand. Anyone else having this issue?? Is this covered by the warranty? We are taking it to get checked and would like to know what to expect. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
Do you have a photo you can share? Can't picture the area. Sorry to hear this.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:47 AM   #3
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just last june i noticed delam in our 2014 heartland cyclone. had a VERY, hard time with their warranty! in the end we traded. i just picked up our new 16 voltage last friday. let us know what you find
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Here is an update and some pictures…we purchased our 2014 Aerolite brand new at Camping World in April 2015. We have always kept it in a covered storage place and have taken it out maybe 10 times in the 2 yrs we have owned it. We took it to our local RV shop and they couldn’t find any evidence of leaks. They suggested that it could be poor manufacturing because there is delamination under both of the stickers and that’s normally associated with heat and drastic changes in temperatures. We are in TX! We called the manufacturer and they said to take it to CW for evaluation. We just dropped it off at CW and they said it will take a week to find out the root of the problem. They also said that it’s possible that it has to go back to Indiana for repairs and that could take several months. This is awful! Has anyone done this?
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:43 PM   #5
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Holy cow! That's terrible. Hoping they do you you right. Good luck.
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Old 03-12-2016, 02:17 AM   #6
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I have the exact same thing on my 2014 282 although mine is only on the right side. I found the seal on the roof where the fiberglass meets the roof cracking. With the ripples I thought it was from water penetration. I am surprised that they are even offering to look at it.

Best of luck. I am interested in finding out how this turns out.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:44 PM   #7
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SO, after a lot of negotiation, Geico agreed to fix our trailer. It will cost about $9K plus the $1,000 deductible. Dutchmen flat out refused to do anything for us! They demanded documented inspections and maintenance records for every 3 months in order to even consider the claim. Maybe I am na´ve but I find it unlikely that people really go back to the dealer every 3 months for maintenance but what do I know! We are very disappointed with the product and their customer service! Turns out the delamination happened because some of the screws that hold the black front half cap in place became loose allowing in water and moisture. We keep the RV at a covered storage but it rained like crazy during our last trip to and back from Disney so we imagine that’s when it got wet. IMO that’s poor manufacturing because that front cap should have also been sealed and not just held in place with screws! We took the trailer in for inspections roughly every six months and no one noticed it was becoming loose. I guess it’s not something they actively look at during routine visits so, beware! It will take 2 months to complete the repair so we will be shopping for another brand in the meantime. Good luck everyone!
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:56 PM   #8
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Really regretting buying our Aerolite last year... Just hoping we bought one that will stay relatively issue free for at least a few years.
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:49 PM   #9
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Dan, hopefully, your unit is a good one! Like I read once, it all depends on what moon phase they had when they put it together! They switched to a full cap in 2015 so maybe that's a better design. If you have the short front cap like ours, keep an eye on the screws or just seal the whole thing and pray you don't ever have to deal with Dutchmen!
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:00 PM   #10
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Dan, hopefully, your unit is a good one! Like I read once, it all depends on what moon phase they had when they put it together! They switched to a full cap in 2015 so maybe that's a better design. If you have the short front cap like ours, keep an eye on the screws or just seal the whole thing and pray you don't ever have to deal with Dutchmen!
I disagree, it has nothing to do with the phase of the moon and everything to do with push them out the door as fast as you can and worry about it if they get caught.

Ninety percent of the defects are owner resolved, so that gives Dutchmen plenty of time to fight the other ten percent. Of those ten percent Ninety percent of the claims are denied or the owner abandons it out of frustration.

We decided weren't going to give the RV fat cats any more of our hard earned retirement funds decided to upgrade our rig from the running gear up.

Just remember that Thor Industries owns Dutchmen, so if you want to make a statement make sure that you don't buy another Thor product.
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