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Old 02-19-2013, 11:14 PM   #11
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I have seen spindles and axles bend from making an EXTREMELY tight turn while under a load. A slight bend and cause a tire to wear fast. Possibley happened before you took possesion. I hope FR can help you out on the warranty when it's all said and done!
Since this is on the left (driver's) side of the dual axle trailer on the rear it can't be from making a hard right hand turn.

I am waiting for the RV service center to give me a call after they contact FR about a warranty claim.

Still puzzled how I could have bent a spindle - but several of you as well as the RV service tech commented that the condition of the tire suggests that.

It is an original china made tire with 3.500 miles on it.

Thanks to all for your responses!
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:58 AM   #12
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Linnemj, Tight turn, not right turn.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #13
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Call Forest River yourself if you do not get a reasonable answer from the dealer that is handling your problem. Call you Representative in the warranty dept of FOREST RIVER. It will speed things up for your problem. Sometimes your dealer will drag their feet fixing your problem.

I got great results when I called my warranty Representative with Forest River. They always need pictures.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:42 AM   #14
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make sure whatever reaplacement you get is balanced before they put it on. A lot of trailer tire failures can be traced to the tire and wheel never being balanced.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:47 AM   #15
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Here is an update on my situation. The dealer contacted the axle manufacturer and was told that I would have to box and ship the old axle back to them in ELkhart. They would check it and decide if the warranty would cover it. The cost to crate and ship is about $180. My guess is there are low odds to get it approved.

While the axle is excluded from the FR warranty, has anyone had any luck in getting help from them in a issue like this? Any suggested contact information?

Thanks for your ongoing help!
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The scalloping on the tire is comes from a lack of balancing.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:39 PM   #17
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Update and resolution

After talking with Diane at Forest River XLR warranty, I was unable to get my axle replaced under warranty. I met with the RV Tech, Shop Manager, and Service Manager today to discuss why they thought it was a bent spindle. They checked the shackles, measured the axle placements, and did a alignment check so they ruled out all those possible causes. I was told that the wear does not indicate a bad tire or balancing issue.

The axle manufacturer did offer to sell me a replacement axle at a greatly reduced cost. I have to pay for shipping and labor to have it installed. Total cost will be about $500.

The RV techs will look at the axle they pull and advise me if they find evidence of a manufacturing default. I still have the option to pay to have it shipped back to the manufacturer and have them check it over. If it is a defect, they will cover all costs.

While this is an unexpected expense, it was not as bad as it could have been.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #18
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Linnemj,
If your rear left tire is wearing badly something has to be causing it. You know that and so does everybody else involved but they won't admit it. You say the RV shop checked; shackles, axle position, and also did an alignment check and those items were not out of specs.
I really find that hard to believe. If the spindle is bent it has to show up on an alignment check. If they say they think a spindle is bent tell them it will show on an alignment check. If they don't agree then ask for a second opinion from a truck alignment shop. If it is not bent then either tire imbalance or a defective tire is the cause.

It's just not possible for a tire to wear without something being out of specs. I've balanced many, many tires and almost never had a tire that did not need some weight. Check the bad tire and all the others for weights. If you don't find any weights on the bad one and especially the other tires then none of the tires were balanced and that may be the problem. Also look for places where the weights might have been removed, because they will leave marks.

If they are saying that none of the items they checked are out of specs then what could have caused the tire wear???? I also don't understand why you need to spend $$$ to determine why a tire is wearing when they can't find the trouble. Hope it works out for you.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:46 PM   #19
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If the spindle is bent (doubtful) it is bent down to wear a tire on the outside. How do you bend a spindle down? From the wear and scolloping on the tire, it looks like an unbalance problem.
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That's an excellent point. It's tuff to bend a spindle down. I think nobody involved wants to get at the truth except the owner and if they found out the reason then they might be held accountable. That's also why I suggested looking for weights on the tires. It's entirely possible that none of the tires were ever balanced. I've actually had people respond concerning balance that since you don't ride in your TT it's not important to have the tires balanced.

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