Mine have been cracked for the past three years. Waiting for the wind or a blow-out to rip them off and then I will replace them.Ok, anyone out there have their fender skirts cracking at the screw head areas. Haven't used this thing much and already had the front cap repainted. And now this ! of course my warranty is over also.
The screws were over tightened. If you want to help prevent the issues from looking worse, remove all the screws to remove the plastic trim. Add putty tape to the trailer over the screw holes. Reinstall the plastic trim but do not tighten the screws much yet. After all screws are in, trim the putty that is exposed along the edge of the plastic. Now snug the screws but not too tight. The putty helps in a couple of ways but the biggest is it fills the voids between the plastic and the trailer so the plastic is less likely to deform when the screws are tightened.
The cracks will still be there is you installed a cracked piece of trim but the trim will not fall off and really only owners see these little cracks.
I just checked mine on my 2012 298re and all the screw holes have cracked...Time for a call to outback.Ok, anyone out there have their fender skirts cracking at the screw head areas. Haven't used this thing much and already had the front cap repainted. And now this ! of course my warranty is over also.
When mine come in i'll replace them myself when they start falling off.It's hardly noticeable at this point unless you look closely.When the time comes i plan to use 2 sided foam tape or window puddy on the backside of them so not to suck the screws in so tight.Hoping this will stop the new ones from cracking.Our 301BQ is at the dealer at the moment having the front cap repainted. When doing the walk around we found that the fenders were cracking at the screw holes. The fenders are somewhere around $31 a piece so I had them go ahead and replace them as well. Sucks as well that the camper was out of warranty and this is out of my pocket except for the front cap being repainted.
First go to Trekwood RV parts. search for skirts. I believe I paid 90 some with shipping per side. I only replaced one, ordered it while on the road to Colorado due to it coming loose. Anyway they then forward it to Tiara RV sales who ships it. Before I installed I sanded down the ridge around the screw hole so its flush with the trailer wall. Used double sided tape to hold in place, silicone. Looks a lot better.My wife is tired of looking at the duct tape I'm using to hold the fender on! Andy's explanation of cause and fix is right on. Today I removed the fender and painstakingly all the surrounding silicone. I wish there were a way to repair these, but that's only a wish.
Someone here mentioned $35- replacements. I looked at several sites online, and they're all in the hundreds. Does anyone know of a reasonably priced source?
Thanks a lot, Dave