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While cleaning and putting the cover on our van yesterday we noticed tiny cracks in the paint where the awning rail curves over the front of the van and goes down to reach the bottom edge. These are on the front panel ,about five or six small ones about half inch long . They almost look like the front panel has been put on after the paint has dried and it’s cracked on the stress points . Does anyone else have these I’m guessing it’s not a big deal ?

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How old is the van?

If you have a fibreglass front panel they are likely to just be gel coat cracks and can fairly easily be treated.

If it is an ABS panel it is more  serious.

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1 hour ago, Stevan said:

How old is the van?

If you have a fibreglass front panel they are likely to just be gel coat cracks and can fairly easily be treated.

If it is an ABS panel it is more  serious.

It’s a 2016 swift freestyle s4SB . . . . I’m not sure without getting the paperwork out what the front panel is . .. . 
if it is fibreglass how do you treat it?

Just looked . . . .its GRP. 😊

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The front GRP panel of our previous caravan 'spider cracked' in one area within the first year and was repaired.

 

It was caused by a structural timber being hard against the inside of the panel which caused a stress point, this was eased to prevent it happening again.

 

A company was sent by the dealer who set to with an angle grinder!! to grind the cracks out to just below gel coat, I was told this was normal procedure for crack treatment of this type.

 

A filler was applied, rubbed down and the area resprayed, looked great at the time.

 

After being stored in a south facing position for a number years, although it did not crack again the repair could be cearly be seen.

 

There was a paint shade difference with the overall area and the filled cuttings appeard to settle at slightly different levels to the surrounding surface.

 

Usually not as serious as with ABS etc.

 

 

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Our front grp panel gained stress cracks at the top outside corners of the window area when a few years old. Elddis had no interest in a warranty repair, I think they only give 1 year on panels. I got the dealer to do a cosmetic repair (about £300 vs £3000 for a new panel) which looked good but after a while the cracks returned. It was not leaking so I decided to just live with it. Now this summer and at 8½ years old damp has started at the bottom outside corner of a front side window. The dealer has checked and said it is getting in through the stress crack at that side and they put some tape over the crack, I have also put some on the other side in case that decides to leak. They say to do a proper repair it needs a new front panel and the internal wood replacing at about £3000 for the panel and £600 for the wood replacement. I have not yet decided what to do but for now it should dry out and not get any worse.

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Had this problem twice now,  first the front now the back.

Panelworks Limited Unit 1 @ YC Leisure Great North Road Bawtry Doncaster South Yorkshire DN10 6DG Tel: 0844 800 6574

This company do a proper repair as they did my front 3 years ago and cannot tell and booked in again for the back this time.

Costs are about a third of new panels just send picture of damage via email and they will give you a quote .

Good Luck

 

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9 hours ago, pine18 said:

Had this problem twice now,  first the front now the back.

Panelworks Limited Unit 1 @ YC Leisure Great North Road Bawtry Doncaster South Yorkshire DN10 6DG Tel: 0844 800 6574

This company do a proper repair as they did my front 3 years ago and cannot tell and booked in again for the back this time.

Costs are about a third of new panels just send picture of damage via email and they will give you a quote .

Good Luck

 

If the stress crack is caused by wood under the panel, is that also fixed by them to stop the cracks coming back ?

 

I am going to decide in the new year what to do with the cracks on our caravan but the options are to just leave the tape over them so no cost, replace the front panel at around £3600 which is about half the value of the caravan once repaired, look at repair specialists and Panelworks could be a good option.

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Cost for back repair is just over £1200  but it seems a common problem and everyone seems to accept this fault for some reason.

Don't make sense to me and still can't get my head round it,

They say buy British but not a chance on next van.

 

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Certain series 5 Bailey caravans circa 2006 had cracks caused by failure to drill the correct size of screw hole when attaching rear panels during assembly.

On my pre-owned 2006 Bailey Ranger cracks were detected during a serivice in 2010 and the panel replaced foc under terms of the transferred warranty.

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Ours is a 2008 bailey. at about 18 months ish old  it had new front and back panels under warranty where Long Eaton Caravans said we will fit them proper.

Since then had front repaired and now the back being repaired next month.

So much for bailey and Long Eaton caravans.  Used about 7 times altogether in its life time so cannot say its because of over use.

Panel Works pin the repair and refits and it seems to work  (so far)

Like i said it a fault where all accepts but saying that we love the van not the makers,  

Thinking of it gets me so mad but nothing can be done but to help others when it happens to them as can point them in the right direction on a positive honest answer.

Take it from me where its happened 4 times now this is the only way that works.

Panel Works          (i should be on commission)

 

 

 

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