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Message posted by Challenger63621/6/2015 at 8:23am
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Quote: Originally posted by moppetsdad on 21/6/2015
To my mind that looks as though it was caused by some one working on that area. If it was hailstone damage it would be all over not just concentrated around the hatch.



The damage is all over, it showed up better there because of the evening sun.

Message posted by trog10021/6/2015 at 9:00am
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i now await with interest an explanation as to why the roof is like that.. it looks more a manufacturing thing to me.. if it is it cant be the only one like that..

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Message posted by Janx21/6/2015 at 9:07am
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I think I would feel highly suspicious and wouldnt feel right about it so would have to reject he van but thats just me. If you are comfortable with it being like that and as you say you paid top price I would certainly want some money back.

Its such a shame as it puts the dampener on what should be an enjoyable time.
Let us know the outcome.


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Message posted by checkley197321/6/2015 at 9:58am
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The join at the front panel looks poor too.

Message posted by Challenger63621/6/2015 at 2:52pm
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Didn't see the roof join, it is just a tape over the sealent so seems to be just cosmetic but even so...

Here is another view, it looks like either heat damage or a manufacturing problem. I don't suppose anyone has a Challenger Sport from 2012 that could have a quick look at their roof please?


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Message posted by trog10021/6/2015 at 3:50pm
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i dont design caravans but i dont like the way the roof is made.. too flat.. too many lights and yards and yards of seams that could leak unless perfectly sealed..

the whole design looks like a leak waiting to happen somewhere down the line..

my old caravan has a fibre glass lid (roof) on top with seams that overlap the sides its not likely to leak even if a seam does fail.. that newer design puts one hell of lot of faith in the seams bonding or however its held together staying perfect..

i think its all made by rolling the thin top sheet onto a foam roof panel with some glue to stick it down.. i think its been like that from new.. it may turn out to be not that unusual as well..

in the sense a roof it there to keep the rain out and not be looked at its probably perfectly okay..

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Message posted by albee21/6/2015 at 4:36pm
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Hi, what was the description of the caravan when advertised by the dealer. just wondering if its already had a poor repair/replacement skin on the roof.

Message posted by Big Roy21/6/2015 at 5:02pm
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Have you put your problem on the Swift Talk forum? You will get a direct reply from Swift and maybe other Swift owners have the same issue

Message posted by Nellie7221/6/2015 at 5:42pm
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Personally, after the problems my dad has had with his 2012 challenger swift's windows, I'd be angling for my money back.

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Message posted by Challenger63622/6/2015 at 11:06pm
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Been to the dealer today and they think it is minor hail stone damage. To be fair to them it can only be seen if the sun hits at the correct angle, they did check prior to taking it in but missed it. Anyway, they offered a full refund which to be honest I didn't want, and we settled on a partial refund. I'm happy with the outcome and glad the dealer was helpful. Looking forward to my 2 weeks in France now.

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Message posted by trog10023/6/2015 at 8:47am
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alls well that ends well so they say.. :)

trog

Message posted by checkley197323/6/2015 at 6:22pm
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Glad to hear it all ended well. They are a nice van, we were close between this and the Bailey we ended up buying. Only thing that swung it baileys way was they depreciate faster so make a better used buy

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Hi, they deserve a plug sounds like you,ve been fairly treated by the dealer, that must be worth a mention.


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