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Old 07-29-2015, 05:28 AM   #11
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I had a unit built by another manufacturer with a Lippert frame. My unit had the frame rail rip through where the tongue was welded to the frame. I went ahead and had a very reputable machine shop fix it in my driveway. I had them scab 18" straps, the width of the frame rails on both sides of the trailer. I didn't get Lippert involved because I didn't want my unit down for a long time trying to figure out who was responsible. I called on a Monday and I was back up and running the next day. My first trip back on the road was a 2700 mile trip.


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Old 07-29-2015, 05:57 AM   #12
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I do not think anyone is suggesting fraud or neglect on anyone's part. Here in the US an insurance appraiser is paid by the insurance company and their job is to pay out as little as possible or nothing...... so I put very little reliability in their findings. I had to go through arbitration once after an appraiser was going to give us almost nothing on a claim we won against the appraiser & the insurance company.

Your pictures are not very good so it is hard to tell anything from them..... but again we are not staying what you are saying is incorrect. But it is hard for a manufacturer to fix or pay a claim on an older trailer, let alone one that you were not the original owner. Believe it or not manufactures and insurance companies hear all kinds of stories .

Also it is possible that something could have happened (From manufacturers point of view) while the original owner had it and the issue not shown up until now.

Also your date stamp on the pictures is from over a year ago. Not a good idea to not have the correct date if it happened in 2015 when dealing in the legal arena they will claim it happened in 2014 and you waited a year........ since that is what you date stamp says.........

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Old 04-07-2016, 05:29 PM   #13
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Highway safety hazards Hitch receivers that break

I can't believe all of you trying to say Forest River is not in some way a party to the welds breaking on the frame. They buy third party products and install them on their trailers. There responsibility is to the consumer. If they buy shoddy products Forest River is responsible.
Personally I had the four uni-strut frame cross beams all fall off after two years.
The ball receiver actually broke off on the road during the first year. I contacted them as well. They told me to contact the dealer, which in turn told me to contact Forest River.
I contacted a welder and he told me the welds on the frame were substandard. That is why the receiver welds broke. He put on a heavy duty adjustable receiver and put 6 cross members along the frame.
I had purchased the two year warranty and they took care of most of the work.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:45 PM   #14
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POSSIBLE that the tire failed first (very old tires by your own admission) and that helped cause the extreme frame stress that finally broke the weld on the frame

X2.

I'd bet, the old tire blew, causing the frame to twist. Driver didn't notice, and put enough stress to crack.

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Old 04-07-2016, 05:50 PM   #15
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Are we sure it is a Lippert frame. I have my doubts on this. What ever this tt is 8 years old and they said they had a RV person inspect? Should have caught any discrepancys when that was done. Apparently all that was looked at was overall appearance of out and inside of camper and not frame and under neath. All is out of warranty just like autos sorry. You are fighting a loosing battle. Later RJD
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:12 PM   #16
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Why is it that your think you need to make excuses for Forest River's products. There is no way you can determine a tire blew out and caused the damage, that caused the tire to blow.
It is apparent from your statements that you don't drag a trailer very much. I had four flats in 2015 and none of them caused any damage. However while repairing them I did fine more broken welds on my 2006 Forest river Sierra. The welds on the perch for the leaf springs were cracked.
Answering your comment before you make it, I had all six tires replaced in January 2015 before I started my trip. Just like I did this January.
Now I am having the roof totally replaced.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:33 PM   #17
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It is possibly a BAL frame. Rockwood did use BAL frames around that time.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:38 PM   #18
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It seems to me there are many things that may have contributed to this episode besides a manufacturer defect, like:

storage at a lake for all or most of the life of the trailer which usually has high humidity and might have caused excessive rusting on metal components and especially at the weld where the paint may have been compromised

no visual inspection of essential trailer components (at least yearly I crawl under my trailer and my TV to inspect the hitch) which might have given some advance evidence of an impending frame failure

possible overloading of the trailer when being transported causing undo stress on the frame

transportation over rough Canadian roads (been there, done that and not to be denied) stressing the trailer frame

POSSIBLE that the tire failed first (very old tires by your own admission) and that helped cause the extreme frame stress that finally broke the weld on the frame

I think that your case shows all of us that towing a trailer safely demands that as owners we be diligent in inspecting our trailers and hitches at least annually, or more often for frequent flyers, for any possible problems. After all only a few bolts and welds are between you and catastrophic event.

in your case, I would say take all of your evidence to a lawyer and see if they will pursue a legal action against FR and Lippert.
I have to Correct you on one statement.

The Canadian roads I travel on are not rough and in better shape than the Interstate System in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee I traveled last summer.
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