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Post by Davo Fri Mar 03, 2023 11:58 am

Hi All. I’m the owner of a 18 month old Bourton that has just developed the now very  common “stress fracture “ from the front n/s side window. To say I’m disappointed is a  understatement I’m gutted! I thought I was buying a quality motorhome (£80000) My  question is has anyone had a successful repair done? My van is waiting to go back to the factory for repair, I’m not to optimistic at the moment because I’ve read that many vans have had two or three attempts! Thanks for any replies. Chris.
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Post by FreelanderUK Fri Mar 03, 2023 12:18 pm

They altered the way the window aperture was cut thus causing the stress fractures, AS have issued a technical bulletin about how it is to be repaired now, apparently the window is taken out ,the interior wall boards are removed the crack is fibreglassed from the inside and stronger wooden wall supports are fitted around the window opening to stop the flexing and new wall boards and and interior trim fitted. Talk on the Autosleeper farce book page indicates that this is supposed to have rectified the problem but only time will tell,  the other thing to note is that the outside will be filled and repainted to match, this will over the years discolour at a different rate than the Gel coat finish

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Post by Mollytardis Sat Mar 04, 2023 10:12 pm

Had stress fracture on drivers side  bottom corner front window. Into factory repaired one year ago, o.k.
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Post by Widget Thu Apr 13, 2023 3:36 pm

Hi, can anyone post a picture so i know what to look for.
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Post by Mollytardis Thu Apr 13, 2023 4:00 pm

No picture as deleted. The crack started from the bottom corner of the front  window,at one m.m. Wide going diaginal towards cab for ten c.m.
The crack breaks the top gel coat. Believe me if you get one you will know about it.
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Post by Davo Sat Apr 15, 2023 2:52 pm

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Post by Davo Sat Apr 15, 2023 2:56 pm

Sorry for the  multiple images wasn’t  sure what I was doing lol.
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Post by Tinwheeler Sat Apr 15, 2023 3:16 pm

No worries, Davo, as they haven’t appeared for me. smile!

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Post by Mids Fri Apr 21, 2023 8:25 pm

Hi Davo once the dealership contacted Autosleeper about your stress fracture, how long was it before Autosleeper took your vehicle in for repair? How long did Autosleeper keep your vehicle for please? We have just got a stress fracture in our Broadway EB from the bathroom window to the top of the first fridge vent. Nightmare!
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Post by Davo Mon May 01, 2023 1:16 pm

Hi Mids. I contacted AS direct, at first they said I would have to go through the dealer, I said I wasn’t happy with that because ultimately the van had to come back to them for repair. The van is going in for repair the end of May and they will have it for two weeks! I’m not too confident the repair will be successful as I have read of people having two and three attempts! Unless someone can tell me different, good luck with your van, AS have got themselves in a right mess with this problem.
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Post by Mids Mon May 01, 2023 2:17 pm

Hi davo
I know what you mean .but as AS have accepted  there is a build problem  surly  they should offer a  life time warranty  on the repair and any  stress fractures that appear   in the future. (Hopefully  not) .thanks  for the info
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Post by Paulmold Mon May 01, 2023 3:15 pm

I've extracted this from another thread on this subject.....

Autosleeper have now commissioned a correct repair procedure and are replacing the wooden supports around the frame with a timber that doesn’t flex as much but there is a back log of vans waiting for this to be done

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