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Old 02-03-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Bumper Beating on 2016 Wolfpack Toyhauler

Just purchased my first 5th Wheel from Paul Sherry RV and so far I love it. I had a couple problems with the rear bumper on the way home from Ohio to San Diego, CA. The first was my fault being a rookie driver I snagged the cement end cap at a gas station which pulled my bumper out on one side. The second problem I predicted would happen but the guy at Paul Sherry that helped me didn't agree. The rear stabilizer jacks hang too low in the back and one dragged and nearly broke off. I contacted Forest River and they recommend a certified repair shop but they can't get me in until the beginning of March. As a newby I'm open to advise and suggestions especially since these repairs are probably going to be expensive. Thank you!Click image for larger version

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Old 02-14-2016, 01:48 PM   #2
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Ouch. Stuff happens. Anyone who has pulled a lot of trailers has done this. Most just pretend like they never have to their buddies. You are not a newb. Just more experienced now.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:45 PM   #3
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Those stab jacks are just too far back, I completely agree. Tough to tell from the pics you have but it also looks like you have half assed spare tire mount under the very back too like mine did.

Here's what I would do. Remove both stab jacks, order a new one to replace the damaged one. Back the rear tires onto a string and string the line up to the bottom of the rear bumper. Remount the jacks far enough forward that they do no stick below the string line and they will never get drug again. My Puma Unleashed has the power rear jacks and they are mounted MUCH further forward. The spare also needs relocated elsewhere or it will drag too, mine is now between the rear axle and stab jacks. I've elected not to add casters to the back of mine as of yet, since removing the spare (gaining about 7" of clearance) dragging hasn't been an issue.

Looking at one more thing, it looks like you have tons of clearance between the truck bed and trailer. Does the trailer ride level? Hard to tell in the pic, but if it doesn't lower your hitch or raise your pin box and that will help keep the back off the ground too.

My Puma has the same "bumper". It is super thin and only boxed right behind the taillights. I can't remember if it was channel or just angle, don't have the trailer here right now. It should not be a big deal to bend it back and make it look acceptable.
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If you can't get it fixed by the next time you need it, you can just replace the stabilizer. Most just bolt on. Most likely not covered under warranty anyway.
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