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Old 06-14-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Lippert ramp door cracked week or so after factory warranty

I have had concerns about these lippert ramp doors. Seems like quite a few have problems. We took delivery on about 6/5/15 and just this morning I discovered a crack in the inside face as shown in the pics. Pretty bummed out about this defect. I can only hope Forest River can make Lippert make it right. We don't even load anything we occasionally use it as a deck. We had a Work and Play for 10 years and had no issues with the ramp. I'm concerned about the entire Lippert ramp door integrity now on my 2015 Nitro 24fqsl.




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Old 06-14-2016, 03:42 PM   #2
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Is that a crack or a plywood seam where the coating has cracked? Looks real straight to me. There is square tubing in a work and play ramp but yours could be angle.
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:26 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how these ramps are built up. I agree it looks straight almost down the middle. The crack is in the anti slip layer and appears to be delaminating from the substrate. The coating appears to be 1/16" thick and is beginning to curl up on either side of the crack.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:58 PM   #4
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Wonder if that is an opening seam in the anti skid material. You can close it up with a very small bead of silicon, dark grey or black.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:01 PM   #5
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Looks like a seam not a crack.


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Old 06-15-2016, 11:48 AM   #6
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I assumed the anti skid was some sort of epoxy sand filled resin coating but could be mistaken. Having worked in plastic laminate industry it looks like a stress crack from shrinking and appears to start at the bolt hole.

It will need to be sealed at least but I worry if some underlying issues are present that will continue to develop into bigger problems.
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It looks to me like a less than perfect bond to substrate with little consequence, however the substrate is exposed and will continue its exposure if edges aren't sealed and water rot sure to occur.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:37 PM   #8
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Greatly relieved. Lippert called today and is going to make it right. Very prompt and they agreed it wasn't right and did not try to play the 12 month card. So relieved.
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I think that Lippert has realized that they do have problems with the ramp doors. Not sure if they have made any changes in structure. Lippert has put three ramp doors on our XLR. Not totally satisfied with the last one.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:48 PM   #10
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Three doors on my toyhauler too. Lippert has paid for everything. The bad thing is all the time my toyhauler has spent in the shop. FWIW, my doors were failing on the hinge line.

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