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Old 05-06-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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We have a 2014 Wildwood 19bh only used 1 time to camp in Yellowstone, once we returned the tires are worn bad on the inside only took it back to the dealer as they have determined the axle installed was a 3500 lb axle with a approx dry weight of 3190 doesn't leave any room for water or ? Has anyone else experienced this and what should I expect, factory and Lippert have been pointing fingers for 3 weeks, i just want my TT back. I would even be happy with a factory buy back and would trade for a TT that comes from the factory with the proper axle to carry more than 310 lbs before I was overweight on the axle and damage it possibly causing harm to me or my family. Big saftey issue.
This sounds right to me, trailer is 3190 dry, 400 lb hitch weight, so that makes it 2790 to the axle, leaving about 700 ccc. I dont see the issue?
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:24 PM   #12
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We have a 2014 Wildwood 19bh only used 1 time to camp in Yellowstone, once we returned the tires are worn bad on the inside only took it back to the dealer as they have determined the axle installed was a 3500 lb axle with a approx dry weight of 3190 doesn't leave any room for water or ? Has anyone else experienced this and what should I expect, factory and Lippert have been pointing fingers for 3 weeks, i just want my TT back. I would even be happy with a factory buy back and would trade for a TT that comes from the factory with the proper axle to carry more than 310 lbs before I was overweight on the axle and damage it possibly causing harm to me or my family. Big saftey issue.
I think you are missing the weight that the hitch will transfer to your TV. You have more 310 lbs then. But I'm surely no weight expert. I have 4000 Lb axles and my dry weight is twice or more of yours. Is your unit single or double axles? Hate to here your worried about using it. Did only one side wear bad? They always point fingers but stay on them if they find the axle was the wrong size they will take care of it. The next size up would be 4000lbs.
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I too am not a axle expert, guess i did not consider the weight transfered to tow vehicle but also know when it's parked there is no tow vehicle (however some weight is transfered to the 2 stablizer jacks and hitch) but even then 30 lbs of water is 240, plus propane tanks, plus 3 adults approx 600lbs, plus luggage have no idea what that and battery weighs. Looking at that why would would they skip and cut it so close? 3190 dry weight plus approx 1000 lbs of stuff equals 4190 lbs... even with a 4000 lb axle it's close. Dealership is challenging Forest River as Lippert is claiming no fault based on dry weight of camper and xtras exceeds axle limit. Just frustrated because it has been 4 weeks and still no determination of who will pay claim...and i still have no camper.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:20 PM   #14
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I too am not a axle expert, guess i did not consider the weight transfered to tow vehicle but also know when it's parked there is no tow vehicle (however some weight is transfered to the 2 stablizer jacks and hitch) but even then 30 lbs of water is 240, plus propane tanks, plus 3 adults approx 600lbs, plus luggage have no idea what that and battery weighs. Looking at that why would would they skip and cut it so close? 3190 dry weight plus approx 1000 lbs of stuff equals 4190 lbs... even with a 4000 lb axle it's close. Dealership is challenging Forest River as Lippert is claiming no fault based on dry weight of camper and xtras exceeds axle limit. Just frustrated because it has been 4 weeks and still no determination of who will pay claim...and i still have no camper.
I understand, When I'm sitting with out being hooked up I weight a lot more. Have you ever went to the cat scale. and weight your trailer loaded and then your TV and the then the combination GW? That will give you alot of info. I know that my TV picks up 1670 lbs from the trailer. when I bought mine I had about 300 lbs per axle only to. That worried me the same way. But your tire wore on the inside on one only, they could say you over laoded that side so you know. That's always the first thing they say but it sounds like it might be an alignment problem it could just be off 1/4 " to do that. I would get a hold of lippert myself and forget FR. You might have a better chance. They are really not bad to work with. It's the pits when you pay out that cash and can't use it. Also tell them that. Lippert delv. the frame with the axle installed already. So really it becomes there problem. Good Luck and I hope you get it resolved soon being it's camping season now..... Your problem is very common on this forum and they mostly work out. By the way what tires do you have. Those are real garbage that come with them. You know that to increase the size to 4000 from 3500 lb to them is like 200.00 bucks. Makes you scratch your head and say why as you have.
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We put 300 miles on our new 195bh and noticed the inside of the tires we 1/2 worn already. Took it to the dealer and they said the problem was the cheap bias tire from the factory, and to put radial tires on it. Have not done it yet, so I can't day if it works better.....sorry
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The problem I have with the oem useing marginal tires is that there is NO reserve capacity. If you have a flat,all of a sudden the remaining tire is carrying ALL the wieght on that side,a serious overload that will surely bite you in the butt at a later date. The other thing is that if there is a 5 % saftey margine when new,every year or mile degrades that saftey factor ubtill after 2 yrs, the saftey factor is WAY upside down. Do yourself and your family a big favor and upgrade 1 LR right from day one. Start out with a 25% or more overload factor,keep the speed below 65 mph, and the inflation at max reccomended and you wont have these problems.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:38 PM   #17
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I too am not a axle expert, guess i did not consider the weight transfered to tow vehicle but also know when it's parked there is no tow vehicle (however some weight is transfered to the 2 stablizer jacks and hitch) but even then 30 lbs of water is 240, plus propane tanks, plus 3 adults approx 600lbs, plus luggage have no idea what that and battery weighs. Looking at that why would would they skip and cut it so close? 3190 dry weight plus approx 1000 lbs of stuff equals 4190 lbs... even with a 4000 lb axle it's close. Dealership is challenging Forest River as Lippert is claiming no fault based on dry weight of camper and xtras exceeds axle limit. Just frustrated because it has been 4 weeks and still no determination of who will pay claim...and i still have no camper.

I'm just saying what it is advertised as, even on the website. Mine is the same way dual axles at 3.5k. You have to account to the TW and that is how they figure putting those axles on. The liability falls on the consumer to understand the published weights and load accordingly. There is a sticker on you camper and it specifically states the ccc. I've been through all this and you really have to dig into the components and get it weighed to figure out where you are at.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:20 PM   #18
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Well just to update. I finally got my trailer into an axle shop this spring. On Friday I got the dreaded news, I need new axles, they're so bad they won't even let me drive it off the lot without fixing or having someone tow it. Exact quote from the mechanic "these axles should NEVER have been put on a trailer of this size". Forest River has not responded to emails or voicemails since last fall so they for sure aren't going to address this issue. Just sucks to have axle issues within 2 years of spending 20 grand on a new trailer only to find out that no matter what I did that I would have axle problems. We only go for weekend trips, so just clothes, food in the fridge, coleman grill, and fold up chairs are what we travel with, no way that should overload it.

My only hope is the dealer now, they're going to call me tomorrow to discuss.
I too have found a similar issue with axles failure due to no safety margin in the weight rating of the OEM specificed axles. Forest River has been returning my emails, however, they are claiming I am overloading the trailer. Given all my trips tend to be weekends (the "big" trips are up to 5 days), all of the heavy gear is in the truck (tools, firewood, etc.), is it doubtful I'm overloaded. And argh, the trailer has been in the shop waiting 3 weeks now for axles...
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I too have found a similar issue with axles failure due to no safety margin in the weight rating of the OEM specificed axles. Forest River has been returning my emails, however, they are claiming I am overloading the trailer. Given all my trips tend to be weekends (the "big" trips are up to 5 days), all of the heavy gear is in the truck (tools, firewood, etc.), is it doubtful I'm overloaded. And argh, the trailer has been in the shop waiting 3 weeks now for axles...
What is the axle doing? You say it is doubtful you are overloading, what is your weights? have you even gotten it weighed? I hope you get it figured out!
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:49 AM   #20
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I have not weighed the trailer, but I have weighed all the items I put in it and came up with 568 lbs (including everything from food to soap to underwear). The GVWR for the trailer is 5386 lbs (according to OEM placards on the unit), and the dry weight of the RV is 3596 lbs (according to OEM placards on the unit). Assuming full water (another 360 lbs) and full propane (63 lbs), I should have about 800 lbs of "spare" cargo capacity.

So it seems weird that I "overloaded" it. Lippert (axle OEM) has been quite responsive on technical support, and I've sent them some photos of the damage. Forest River has been a bit slower, but they keep telling me it was the result of overloading. Argh, so frustrating to have the RV in the shop in the short Canadian camping season.
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