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Old 09-05-2014, 09:45 PM   #11
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WDH is a weight distributing hitch


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Old 09-05-2014, 11:38 PM   #12
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I've had my Windjammer for about 6 week, took it on a 2,000 plus mile vacation. Last weekend decided to clean up the exterior. I noticed a crack above the bedroom slide. Will the factory stand behind this side wall failure? I've contact my dealership waiting to hear back.
Gashog, you got me to worrying about my 2014 3001w, so we went up to storage tonight and I looked above the slides and doors for cracks. I am good so far but will keep an eye on it now. Bummer gashog, having a issue like that after only 6 weeks, hopefully they will get it back on the road for you quickly. We picked ours up mid-April and have 8 trips on it so far and love it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:28 AM   #13
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WDH is weight distributing hitch.
(edit...oops, Frank beat me to it)
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:33 PM   #14
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I've been following a thread on the Airstream forum about how using to heavy WD bars will cause a rougher ride and over a period of time do considerable damage to a TT, the thought is the hitch mfgs make recommendations on tongue weight without regard to TV. The thought on the forum is a TT with 1000 tongue weight might need 1000 lb rated bars for a half ton truck but only need 600 lb bars on a 1 ton truck. I wondered if this May be a contributing factor in the windjammer wall failures. This is not to say there isn't a design problem with WJs to begin with, just kind of got me thinking about why some a seeing early failures when others don't seem to be.


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Old 09-07-2014, 08:16 AM   #15
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I've been following a thread on the Airstream forum about how using to heavy WD bars will cause a rougher ride and over a period of time do considerable damage to a TT, the thought is the hitch mfgs make recommendations on tongue weight without regard to TV. The thought on the forum is a TT with 1000 tongue weight might need 1000 lb rated bars for a half ton truck but only need 600 lb bars on a 1 ton truck. I wondered if this May be a contributing factor in the windjammer wall failures. This is not to say there isn't a design problem with WJs to begin with, just kind of got me thinking about why some a seeing early failures when others don't seem to be.


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sheriff1 - This is interesting, but above my pay grade. I'll be interested in hearing what others here might think about that theory. It certainly seems anything that increases stress on the TT structure during transit would play into the equation. Still, I am not aware that people are using comparatively higher rated WDH bars for the Windjammers than for other models of TT.

But why are there sidewall cracks on the Windjammers, moreso than other models? When thinking about contributing factors, my "theory" of the Windjammers (totally unsupported by any research whatsoever at this point) is that the vertically "short" portion of the exterior wall panel above these doors and slides may be "shorter" than many other TT's which are not experiencing the failures, because the Windjammer walls are somewhat shorter overall (lower profile units?). If they are "shorter", then perhaps special support is needed on these units to guard against "normal" stresses which would not crack a "taller" wall panel. Again, I may be wrong about that, but that is where my head goes initially on the subject of causation.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:57 AM   #16
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Post Windjammer wall cracks

Just tossing in my 2 cents and like others it is not based on any science only conjecture. The WJ series all seem to have very deep slides (mine is 39") which is why we like the interior space. They are almost twice the depth when compared to many other TT and 5ers which have around 2' slides. The support structure for this additional slide out depth has to be heavier and the frame would have to support it also. But when traveling on...less than smooth roads, this structure bouncing has to stress the entire TT body and the opening for the slide is most likely the weakest area. Also, I wonder if the slide out closed tightly for travel is pressing in too much on the top of the opening and causing cracks? Again, just my thoughts and my WJ seems to ride better on these roads with the torsion bar axles than the TV does anyway, so perhaps this is way off.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:06 PM   #17
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Update on crack

*** UPDATE ***
Just got my Windjammer back, Forest River replaced the complete driver side exterior wall. Did a beautiful job.
Now just waiting for Carolina Carports to install my 24' x 41' x 12' tall carport with enclosed sides.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:58 AM   #18
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We have been looking at the 2609W. Has anyone seen cracking problems on them?
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:49 AM   #19
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*** UPDATE ***
Just got my Windjammer back, Forest River replaced the complete driver side exterior wall. Did a beautiful job.
Now just waiting for Carolina Carports to install my 24' x 41' x 12' tall carport with enclosed sides.
Good deal on the return! Now just Bump that 12' tall to 14' for your (Future Fiver)! Youroo!!
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