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Old 03-27-2013, 07:44 AM   #91
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Let me know what you use Was going to 1/4 wall thickness 1 1/2 angle but maybe it's not heavy enough. Can you believe 3/16 wall thickness that's crap
I do have a beam design spreadsheet i used to use for sizing beams. I'll see if can dig it out later today.

How big is the tank each way, gallons held, and how long is the span? I assume the tank imposes a uninform load over the full length of two symmetrically placed members. If the load is concentrated over a point or only a given segment, note that.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:04 AM   #92
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Great info yes I think a small claims action might work. Yes I have many posts on the Internet about lippert frames. No one has contacted me that has had a similar problem although, I am sure there out there. Don't know how many people turn to the Internet. Would like to solve my water tank support problem but also have an easy time removing tanks if necessary
Have you considered writing RV Action Line in Trailer Life magazine? They seem to get good results when they write the manufacturers, at least the ones the publish in the magazine anyway.
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Have you considered writing RV Action Line in Trailer Life magazine? They seem to get good results when they write the manufacturers, at least the ones the publish in the magazine anyway.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #94
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I think small claims is certainly the best for me. I must say what is key here for me is the action or really the inaction of both forest river and lippert in standing behind the products they produce. Both of their responses for denying my claim was arbitrary and really dishonest. Yeah I can maybe get my money back but my confidence in forest river from whom I bought my trailer is gone. I have put a lot of energy into this bs and I have had enough stress and worry. In my future purchase of a new rv you can bet I will be doing a bunch research on the internet. This time not only will it include specifications of unit, floor plans weight but more importantly customer service, problems, warranties and who makes the frame. We travel quite a bit and most people who rv are more than sociable you can be assured that my story will be told
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Span is just at 6 feet. Each tank holds 50 gallons and each tank dimension is roughly 6' by 4'.

Would appreciate your recommendation on sizing support.
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I will give trailer life a shot Great idea


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Old 03-27-2013, 11:03 AM   #97
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soccerloo, I feel sorry for your pain. No RV owner should ever have to go through this sort of thing. It makes me to never want to buy another Forest River product again. I've read about so many other FR owners having so many problems related to quality control. Have you thought about contacting Trailer Life mag.?

I do not understand how the RV industry (or is it FR?) can operate like they do. When you buy an RV from a dealer, you have a purchase contract with the dealer and not with any 3rd party suppliers. It should be like your Dodge analogy.

We had problems with our Coachmen TT from new. The brakes were pulsating & "grabby" when applied. Being new RV owners, we thought that this was normal and that a break-in period was needed. After nearly a year, the problem was getting worse. In the end, and after about 15 months, it was eventually found that the brake internal parts still had cosmoline (a protective grease) on them, there was broken spring and the drums were warped. Fortunately, we only dealt with our dealer but they did tell us that they had to get approval from Lippert. We couldn't believe that and we were bracing for a fight. But the dealer, and I guess Lippert, agreed to cover the work. The brakes ended up smooth as silk. Should have been like that from the beginning. We were even told it was our brake controller at one point so we shelled out about $300 for a Prodigy.

I read about other brands like KZ where dealer and factory support is phenomenal. If I were in the market for a new RV and read about all the problems like this, I sure wouldn't buy a FR product. I have not been impressed with the quality in our unit. If they had decent quality control measures in place at the factory, things would be a lot better.

I hope it all works out in your favor in the end.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:52 PM   #98
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Span is just at 6 feet. Each tank holds 50 gallons and each tank dimension is roughly 6' by 4'.

Would appreciate your recommendation on sizing support.
Just a quick look so far, but it looks like deflection governs and in theory a 1 3/4" vertical 1/4" leg gives you under 1/4" deflection. Use L1 3/4 x1 3/4 x1/4.

Actually, the rigidity of the tank cross section would reduce the deflection a bit.
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Your recommendations for angle sizing is greatly appreciated!!! Maybe no definitely forest river desperately needs your help

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Your recommendations for angle sizing is greatly appreciated!!! Maybe no definitely forest river desperately needs your help

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Sorry i cannot give you a more thoughtful evaluation, my father, a master model ship builder, passed away in his sleep the other day and I'm a little busy.
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