December 31, 2012
Filed under Trailer Q&A
Q: We have a 2005 Jayco Eagle 281RLS fifth-wheel trailer and have noticed an area at the front, left-hand corner sidewall, just behind the front cap, that appears to be delaminating. My question is whether or not this is repairable. The area is 3 feet by 2 feet in size and it is noticeable when looking down the line of the trailer. My second question is whether or not this is worth repairing or if we just leave it. Your thoughts would be welcome.
Brent Kirkpatrick | Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
A: Delamination is something you should definitely not ignore, Brent, because a little bit now can become a lot later. Yes, it is repairable, but it’s going to be spendy and it has to be done by a qualified service center. It’s probably one of the most complicated types of damage to repair because of the amount of disassembly that can be required and the specialized techniques employed to repair the damage. In some cases this type of repair can only be done at the factory. As for whether it’s worth the cost of repair, only you can answer that based on the cost estimate presented by your repair facility, how long you plan to keep the trailer, and so on.
— Jeff Johnston