Originally Posted by ricksre
Wow! That's not long at all. I would have thought the new process begun in 1999 is superior. Maybe just easier to assemble at the factory?
Any suggestions on how to preserve a fairly new clear coat?
It seems like if the coating is breached, it will start the peel from the inside out. A lot depends upon environmentals, where the trailer is stored, how often is it washed. Salt exposure, bird droppings, acid rain, UV, etc., all have an effect. Do you wax it, Walbernize it? I think all of these contribute to the life expectancy of the clearcoat.
The factory went to the prefinished panels because the EPA forced them to change clearcoat forumlas due to emission requirements. Once they started screwing around with the forumlas, things went to hell in a handbasket.
While there are some with problems with the newer finish, its nothing like what was occuring on the trailers built in the 90's.
I know I wash my trailer before every outing and after every outing. It gets Walbernized in the spring and again before storage in the fall. My 2001 was in great shape at trade in time, and I expect the same with my current unit.