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Old 07-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #21
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"STUCK" this as it shows some real talent at a major repair tackle...
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:06 PM   #22
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Very nice work. You should be very proud of your accomplishment.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #23
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Wow! what great craftmanship on your part. Forest River should hire you as a consultant! Scary for us less than handy types in what the heck would we do if somthing of this magnitude happened to us? Afraid to say that for me it would probably scare me away from the whole RV scene.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:54 PM   #24
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Same Problem -- Sidewall Coming Loose

I have a 2009 GTA350 TSSE Diesel with 16K miles. I am facing the same problem although my wall has not come completely off yet.

On a recent trip to the Oregon Coast, I noticed that the dash seemed to move up and down with respect to the rest structure I see from the driver's seat. At first I thought it was my imagination. As I paid more attention, I could definitely tell that it looked like the whole front end was "bouncing up and down" over bumps or heaves in the road -- the dash is not moving.

I can also see a gap of .25" appear and disappear between my dashboard and the side wall.

Then, I started getting a loud (startling) metallic bang during right turns that I can literally feel with my hand on the sidewall. It sounds like someone hitting the inside wall, under the floor and above the left front wheel, with a hammer. Though I suspected a body problem, I took it to the Freightliner service center last week to make sure that there was nothing going on with the suspension or steering since the noise seems to come from under my left foot when driving.

On inspection today, I found the same woefully inadquate self-tapping screws that the OP mentioned. In the coming days, I will be performing the OP's mod plus adding some additional structural support in left front corner.

I know I bought an entry-level coach but this is ridiculous. Although I have been satisfied with the coach in general and the Freightliner/Cummins chassis in particular, I have lost confidence in the fundamental quality of the construction and I will be trading it on a Tiffen Allegro or Phaeton diesel pusher bunkhouse.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:03 PM   #25
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I noticed the same problem in my 2011 327 on the driver's side. There was lots of squeaking when driving and when I looked at the attachment from the wheel well, I saw that there was over 1/4" between the sidewall and the frame. I could see the threads on the frontmost screw holding the wall to the frame. The dealer repaired this under the factory warranty by replacing the first screw with a bolt and retightening the next 5 screws moving towards the rear of the coach.

The passenger side squeaks too now but doesn't show any space between the sidewall and the frame. This problem was reported before the expiration of the factory warranty and I expect to get it fixed later this year when we return home.

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #26
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I am picking up my 2011 330TS on August 9. Is this just another thing I should be concerned about! Already covered with the dealer the hydraulic line issue (as reported on this forum) and the steps coming loose and the water tank also coming loose. Gee, I have a poll about Extended Warranty also posted on this forum and I wonder if my question to buy or not is being answered by all of "THESE" issues!
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #27
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Same Problem -- Sidewall Coming Loose

Update:

I completed repairs today. All of the self-drilling screws installed at the factory (3 on the driver's side and 5 on the passenger side) had sheared. I have never driven on anything but paved roads, BTW.

Using the technique described by the OP, I installed 9 stainless through-bolts on the driver's side and 12 on the passenger's side. I had to use a 12-ton hydraulic jack to raise the passenger-side wall back up into place. I also used 50 #14 self-drilling screws to reinforce every place I could find where the sidewall met the floor or firewall bulkhead. The whole project took about 10 hours.

I took it for a test drive today and it felt solid as a rock -- there was also much less body sway when pulling out of parking lots, etc. All squeaks, rattles, and groans have disappeared too. This is how it should leave the factory.

I had concerns about the wall/floor joint last year, before my warranty expired. I described the noise I was hearing to my local dealer and, after a "thorough inspection" they informed me that I was hearing the fire extinguisher by the door squeaking and rattling. One year later the entire front end my coach was close to collapsing to the ground.

To see if your coach has this problem, drive 25-30 mph and pulse the brakes in a rythm to gently bounce the front end up and down on the suspension. Watch the floor/sidewall intersection ahead of the passenger's seat and by your left ankle. My sidewall was moving up and down 1 inch relative to the floor.

This project gave me glimpse of the overall quality of construction. The materials are fine for this level of the market but there was no pride in the workmanship. I won't go into details but I'm not impressed.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #28
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I completed repairs today............................................. .................................................. ..........................................
This project gave me glimpse of the overall quality of construction. The materials are fine for this level of the market but there was no pride in the workmanship. I won't go into details but I'm not impressed.
Pics of your problem and repairs would have been nice, so therefore I am using (do not take it personally)one of my favorite emoticons......
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:38 AM   #29
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I'm courious if anyone has contacted FR about this problem or reported it to anyone? There was a recall for a loose piece of trim under the main slides earlier but the whole body coming loose due to poor choice of fasteners and the lack of them as well is a way more serious problem. If enough were reported it may lead to at least an inspection of the fasteners at FR expense.
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I'm courious if anyone has contacted FR about this problem or reported it ......"............."...................."inspecti on of the fasteners at FR expense.
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