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Old 05-25-2018, 01:11 AM   #1
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Warning - trailer coupler assembly broke off

I happened to run across a post on May 24/25, 2018 on the Facebook group: R-Pod Owners. An Eric Mantz which owns a new 2018 HDR 180, had his trailer coupler break off.

Photos are attached. Mr. Mantz claims this is only the 2nd time he has taken the trailer out and was only going 35mph when this occurred. It appears to be due to faulty welding. Images attached.

I've suggested that he should contact the DOT as I feel there is a real possibility of other trailers from this production run could have the same defect.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:04 AM   #2
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I would think Forest River would put out a safety warning to inspect your trailer tongues for possible cracking.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:10 AM   #3
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You can tell by the 1st picture those chicken scratch welds are crap. No penetration, looks like it was mostly surface slag that held the coupler on. Im kina surprised he was able to take it out a "second" time.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:36 AM   #4
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I would think Forest River would put out a safety warning to inspect your trailer tongues for possible cracking.
Forest River and Lippert should contact ALL R-Pod owners to have this Checked! That Welder??? may have screwed up more than 1! Youroo!!
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Forest River and Lippert should contact ALL R-Pod owners to have this Checked! That Welder??? may have screwed up more than 1! Youroo!!
There are millions of people who claim they can weld, yet have no idea of what they are doing. Some of them even call themselves “Welders”. Some even have jobs as ‘Welders”.

Yes, even you could go to Home Depot this morning, spend a few hundred dollars and become a “Welder” by lunchtime.

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Good heavens! Glad they weren't going very fast. makes me want to go out and look at the welds on my trailer tongue and see if I see any cracks.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:48 PM   #7
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Whenever I think that MAYBE Lippert has gotten their act together...something like this happens.

This is the 21st century, I would have expected Lippert to have automated/robotic welding in place for consistency and quality, but I guess not.

"Hey Joe, want to grab some lunch?"
"Oh, sure! Let me finish welding on this coupler real quick..."
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I think I would add some bolts too.
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OMG �� good thing you were going slow ! Did the safety chains hold ?
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Whenever I think that MAYBE Lippert has gotten their act together...something like this happens.

This is the 21st century, I would have expected Lippert to have automated/robotic welding in place for consistency and quality, but I guess not.

"Hey Joe, want to grab some lunch?"
"Oh, sure! Let me finish welding on this coupler real quick..."
The company I work for recently spent several million dollars on robotic welding equipment. The same U.S. robotic equipment manufacturer that supplies most of the automotive manufacturing industries. This was done to solve welding issues we were having in the plant. Year and half for R and D at manufacturers facility then moving equipment to our plant. The system has yet to be fruitful in producing product.

We have 80 some people welding in our plant, 25 are really good welders. Bottom 30 welders are guys that can pull a trigger. But we have quality control and welding certification testing standards in place. Even the best of us have had issues though. Not excusing what we are seeing here but bad joints happen.
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