This will be the last installment of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It wasn't easy to come up with something ugly in my full-timeing life but I did manage to find this one thing.
About a week ago I noticed that the front end cap of the Arctic Fox was starting to fade at the top. At first I thought it was just some dust up there but when I got out my ladder I found out that it was actually the gray color fading away and it was definitely UGLY.
It was pretty easy to see that it was happening in the area that gets the most sun so it was probably being caused by UV rays, which over time can damage just about anything. Not knowing what else to do I went to the source for all knowledge, the Internet.
It only took a minute or so on the Internet to find out that I was not the only one in the world with this problem. They were in fact literally hundreds of complaints about fading end caps, not only about Northwood, the company that makes the Arctic Fox, but about a few other companies as well. And from the information that I could gather here is what seems to be happening.
It appears that Northwood and some other companies buy their end caps from a company that makes...well... End caps, and some of the dark end caps had a problem with the gelcoat that causes them to fade in the sun and makes them look UGLY. The solution to this problem is to either replace the end cap, or paint the end cap, With painting being the most logical solution.
People have said that painting the end caps costs around $1000 and some of the companies that made the afflicted RVs are covering the cost of painting which seems to me the fair thing to do.
Now you would think that Northwood would not want hundreds of its trailers running around the country looking ugly, But so far Northwood is not doing anything to help its buyers.
I'm not going to go off on a rant about Northwood just yet, because I love my little Arctic Fox and it would take a lot more than this to change that. This summer I'm hoping I will be able to visit the Northwood factory in LaGrande Oregon to take a factory tour, and while doing that I will bring my problem to their attention. And I'm hoping by that time they will have come up with something that shows That they care as much about their customers as they do their bottom line.