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Old 02-16-2014, 07:22 AM   #11
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I am not trying to get in an argument here or make "wild accusations" or get "kudos" from anyone, just presenting the facts so we can all discuss the issue as adults with various opinions. This will be my last post on the issue to avoid confrontations.

It is a safety issue, period. There is a crack in the wall, being caused by a weak weld pushing out on the wall and a thin 2" structure will NOT withstand that pressure over time. There should be a recall notice send out to all owners of the 3170. They will probably not look for the crack unless they read this forum or regularly inspect their RV. They deserve to know about it and have it fixed whether in warranty or not. It's the right thing to do and I am sure if you were the customer, it's what you would want.

Glad to hear that it's being fixed in production and FR is recognizing there is/was a problem. I really like 3170 and it offers so many options for such a good price, appears to be a great RV.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:55 AM   #12
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Who's arguing? I'm simply pointing out that uninformed speculation is being stated as "fact". "It is a safety issue, period". And you know this how?

"FR will of course tell you its fixed, if they admit it's not, well you know the rest" This is wild accusation with no factual support.

In the wall over my stairs, there is a header covered in drywall, in the corner running verticaly there is a crack about 12" long. Am I to assume this is safety issue? Or that the structural material below has settled and the drywall could not flex with it.

Please do not take my comments as condescending. Simply trying to point out that I have responded to your comments with facts and they have been refuted as being wrong based on your perception of the issue.

Please let me point to example A:
Arrrgh! 2690SF structure

This was a person who claimed Forest River was "Not only negligent, but grossly so" because we failed to properly secure a structural fiberglass beam. If you read the post you'll clearly see it was simply a molded plastic box out of alignment. Having no true knowledge of the actually construction process, she made assumptions.

If there was a safety issue, we would issue a recall. We have in the past and will in the future for any issue that is a safety concern. Fiberglass is only about 1/8" thick (consider this like drywall), the underlying structure has settled and although fiberglass can flex (in a bending motion) it cannot in a "shear" motion. If you could see the underlying structure you would realize the wall has no where to go. There is a main beam running the length, fastened into the side of the floor. That beam is not moving. It is the vertical beam...and that beam will not move any further because it is filled in solid between the beams.

PLEASE do not send questions via Private Message, my inbox fills up too quickly. Post questions in the forum as a new thread so that other users can benefit from the answers. Use Private Messages for sensitive information only (VIN, Contact info or things you do not want the public to see).
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:43 PM   #13
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My model is a 2013, I have been checking for the crack and don't see one. But maybe it's there and I don't see it.

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I am wondering how you know that FR is correcting the problem?. I talked to a dealer and there have been zero recalls, FR is only fixing the units being brought in by customers who notice it (not sure if it has to be under warranty or not). There are many 3170's out there with this crack going unnoticed, which should warrant a recall to ALL owners of the 3170.

Are you assuming they are fixing the problem in new production? Or do you know for a fact.? If they are correcting it, they must know what caused it, so they should definitely issue a recall, much like they do on cars with known defects.

I am not trying to be harsh with anyone or FR, just would like to understand this problem better. We truly love the 3170 and would consider buying one, based on the outcome of this "serious" issue. I appreciate everybody's input on this. Together we can understand things much better...thanks again for this forum.

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