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Old 11-22-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Frame Flexing on 5th Wheels with Lippert Frames

Has anyone noticed any separation around the front end at the pin box. I am hearing that all RV Manufactures are having issues with Lippert frames on 5th wheels.
Friends of ours have a new 2013 Open Range Roamar and it seems to be showing signs of frame issues. Our friends went on to and Open Range Forum and found out that this issue has been popping up a lot within the past year.
And one person on there said they knew of a Forest River 5th wheel that is in the group.
The problems are cracks on the out side finished walls, caulk cracking along seams along with separation in these areas, and one case that was mention the pin box all but came apart, there was just one piece of frame that was holding the pin box in place but it did shift sideways.
The flexing is causing the frames to break at the welds. Maybe there is too much flex due to the thin framing material......So does any know?
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Yes, there are frames made by Lippert that have had failures.

Yes, most manufacturers use Lippert frames.
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There are a gigantic number of 5er owners who are NOT having this problem. I'm one of them.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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There are a gigantic number of 5er owners who are NOT having this problem. I'm one of them.
Not much of an answer to the OP's question!
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It's an answer to his statement: "I am hearing that all RV Manufactures are having issues with Lippert frames on 5th wheels."

Seems clear enough to me. The statement is false.
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It's an answer to his statement: "I am hearing that all RV Manufactures are having issues with Lippert frames on 5th wheels."

Seems clear enough to me. The statement is false.
I have not heard that except for the wildcat that was about 5 years old. I have some pictures of the frame construction with showing the pin box and how it is made and surrounded with channel iron and gussets. For some reason I can't upload right now. I'll try again later.
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To the OP type this into the search box on this page " Cracks in 5th wheel pin box to frame" you will see quite a number of people have problems and you really are not the only one.
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I have not heard that except for the wildcat that was about 5 years old. I have some pictures of the frame construction with showing the pin box and how it is made and surrounded with channel iron and gussets. For some reason I can't upload right now. I'll try again later.
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