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Old 01-17-2015, 03:58 PM   #1
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OH NO BOO HOO! Cold weather damage to my Silverback. I guess the expansion and contraction of the metal in the bedroom slideout was just too much for the little piece of plastic trim. I am surprised at how large the gap in the plastic is. I guess Iíll be going to the Goshen rally to have it fixed.

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It almost looks like the bottom rail has moved down, causing the trim to split. Probably just the freeze, thaw thing, but worthwhile to check out.

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Old 01-17-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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OH NO BOO HOO! Cold weather damage to my Silverback. I guess the expansion and contraction of the metal in the bedroom slideout was just too much for the little piece of plastic trim. I am surprised at how large the gap in the plastic is. I guess Iíll be going to the Goshen rally to have it fixed.

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Bob I don't think that's from freeze/thaw, it's a piece of plastic which I believe wasn't drilled right or perhaps not drilled at all but installed at the factory using the screw as the drill. It appears to me as a stress crack because it is right at the screw hole as is the crack at the screw above. Also the screw may have been driven down too tightly initially? You see a lot of these type of cracks at the screw holes on the wheel well covers on many older trailers. Good luck with the repair.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:16 AM   #4
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Bob I don't think that's from freeze/thaw, it's a piece of plastic which I believe wasn't drilled right or perhaps not drilled at all but installed at the factory using the screw as the drill. It appears to me as a stress crack because it is right at the screw hole as is the crack at the screw above. Also the screw may have been driven down too tightly initially? You see a lot of these type of cracks at the screw holes on the wheel well covers on many older trailers. Good luck with the repair.
I think you're right. The screws were driven down too tightly but I didn't think this would happen though. Fortunately the piece is just cosmetic so I'll wait til Goshen to have it fixed.
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Hi Oakman. The problem is that you might lose that corner trim piece or a chunk of it traveling down the road. I'd snap a pic, send it to FR and see if they'll 'good will' you another. If they didn't, the cost is prolly minimal. This way you won't have to go all summer with that fugly corner trim.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:00 AM   #6
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Last winter my linoleum floor split from the cold looked like they had it in so tight that the cold split it from one corner to another in our bathroom. It sucks but only thing you can do is replace it.
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Last winter my linoleum floor split from the cold looked like they had it in so tight that the cold split it from one corner to another in our bathroom. It sucks but only thing you can do is replace it.
Did you leave the 4 corner jacks down? Last year several TT in the CG had damaged flooring and all left the support jacks down. I always have mine up during the winter. This allows the trailer to flex when the frost heaves.
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Did you leave the 4 corner jacks down? Last year several TT in the CG had damaged flooring and all left the support jacks down. I always have mine up during the winter. This allows the trailer to flex when the frost heaves.
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First thought that came to my mind is what about al those seasonal trailers that are permanently left on RV sites all year long? There's thousands of them out there. The stabilizers are mounted to the frame not the side walls. Just a thought.
BTW, since there's two cracks at the screw heads they probably tightened them too much originally. Nothing major.....
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Did you leave the 4 corner jacks down? Last year several TT in the CG had damaged flooring and all left the support jacks down. I always have mine up during the winter. This allows the trailer to flex when the frost heaves.

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First thought that came to my mind is what about al those seasonal trailers that are permanently left on RV sites all year long? There's thousands of them out there. The stabilizers are mounted to the frame not the side walls. Just a thought.
BTW, since there's two cracks at the screw heads they probably tightened them too much originally. Nothing major.....
My comments where about the flooring splitting not the plastic trim.
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Did you leave the 4 corner jacks down? Last year several TT in the CG had damaged flooring and all left the support jacks down. I always have mine up during the winter. This allows the trailer to flex when the frost heaves.
I've always left them down very windy here , a friend had theirs up and their trailer flipped on its side. Guess I will take the split over the flip.
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