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Old 11-19-2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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I just agree with everyone.......too many too list

If it has not had a frame problem yet it probably won't........ You only usually hear the bad not the thousands of good.........



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Old 11-20-2013, 01:23 PM   #12
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Finally talked to an investigator at Transport Canada - they have active files on both Wildcat and Cougar - obiously both using Lippert frames. Frame failures are not isolated incidents and they have numerous reports of frame failures in the pinbox area but having said that they can do nothing about it because the only enforceable specs for trailers are lights, etc - not frame construction. And there ability to take action is constrained by the fact taht they have no evidence of castrophic failure causing an accident - the failure is usually noticed when the trailer is stationery or falls on someones truck box. The biggest problem is that there are no statutory standards for trailer construction and manufacturers in many cases build to the minimum requirement to send a product down the road - then when they break they point fingers back and forth between the manufacturer of the trailer and the frame and no one accepts responsiblity. The trailer manufacturers say they are building what purchasers want and increasing strength increases towing costs.

We talked at length and I have concluded that while nice to the eye these trailers are being built with a limited (short) lifespan - a five or six year old trailer may or may not show signs of damage if the frame is already broken (breaking) - on the other hand a 5 or 6 year old trailer may be near the end of it's projected lifespan- (which the manufacturer knows). MAnufacturers condsider these RVs recycleable. Short of pulling the front off, there is no really way to find out what one is buying.

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Old 11-20-2013, 02:59 PM   #13
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So what's your conclusion from this? You've decided not to but an RV, or you're going to buy one that costs twice as much, expecting that it won't to have these problems?
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #14
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Actually haven't reached a conclusion - but now have a number of considerations-
1) Won't pay twice the price - cause as stated this is a virutally unregulated industry - price guarantees nothing.
2) Won't buy new cause of the huge depreciation - have the same philosophy on vehicles and it has served me well. And new doesn't seem to guarantee it won't break
3) If I buy used I will be crawling all over it. Can an existing owner tell me if you can get into the area of the pin with a remote camera/ borescope and if you can see anything?
4)Probably won't buy privately now - seek a dealer with some form of warranty- even if it is only 30 days. I will pull the front off for inspection of welds/etc in that period (it's a job I can handle easily - I wish I could weld though! .
5) Look at Class A - there are similar size units with low mileage for the same price or less of a used Wildcat and a good low mileage truck - and the motorhomes are on proven chasis/running gear and subject to automobtive industry standards - not to say they don't have other problems. With a Class A I have to tow a vehicle , but have the option of towing my boat instead . Either way 5er or class A I'm still towing something.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:47 PM   #15
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:04 PM   #16
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I think we should sell all our 5ers and go back to tents, they don"t have frames. Or just dig holes and put straw over them.

Sometimes these posts seem like baiting the forum, maybe the poster is a Thor stealth plant just sowing discontent. I agree that caution is prudent, but REALLY? Lots of rigs out there and comparatively few problems AND no more in the FR products than any others.

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Old 11-20-2013, 06:59 PM   #17
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Not a plant, just looking to make an informed decision. Why would I want to sow discontent? And I doubt Transport Canada dream't up the reported failures so they can open investigations into them - just to bait you. I can give you their number if you want to call them - I can assure you it will be an educational discussion. I was that close to buying a Wildcat until I saw all the posts on frames breaking - I don't care what others spend their money on, I'm just looking to hopefully ensure I get value for mine. If it offends someone when I ask why the $10 kettle in a trailer has a better and longer warranty than the trailer - so be it.

just sayin..............

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