Agreed, there really should be a rubber gasket shaped to fit the hinge plate and act as a void evening contact point...
Originally Posted by Eddie Longest
Back to post #1. The issue with the older hinges is the contour of the trailer does not match the contour of the hinge mounting plate. Tightening of the bolts alone can cause the gelcoat cracking because there is usually a gap between the hinge face and the trailer before tightening the bolts. I discovered this after replacing a lot of rusty hinge bolts and chasing leaks
over the years. Scamp
used no sealant under their hinges, at a minimum you should place butyl tape under the hinge face. To fix it right you could file the hinge face to match the trailer contour. Scamp
did a good job on building up the thickness of the glass around the door frames so without further inspection I consider this type of cracking as purely a cosmetic issue but you may want to check your hinge to trailer fit and apply some type of sealant under the hinge face. Just my opinion, YMMV.