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Old 03-22-2013, 11:24 AM   #71
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I would keep hammering at FR till they pay the bill ! Get the media involved. It is not the amount, it is the principle of the thing ! The burden of proof that you abused the trailer is on them ! Their say so is NOT the proof !
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #72
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Touche'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Potholes? LOL
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #73
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just returned from a trip to california. must say with new cross members in tandem wheel area that the trailer even pulls better than before. After straightening the angle supports for the water tanks that after arriving at destination and filling tanks they are bowed again. obviously these 1 1/2 angle with 3/13 wall thickness are way under designed. also when they bow it affects water gauge accuracy.

sent emails to both lippert and forest river more than a week ago and surprise surprise no response. this speaks volumnes this is absouluitely my last forest river product. will post photos of the new cross members you might want to think about adding as a precautionary measure before the ibeams crack.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #74
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just returned from a trip to california. must say with new cross members in tandem wheel area that the trailer even pulls better than before. After straightening the angle supports for the water tanks that after arriving at destination and filling tanks they are bowed again. obviously these 1 1/2 angle with 3/13 wall thickness are way under designed. also when they bow it affects water gauge accuracy...
The thickness of the 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 angle doesn't do much for the stiffness, you need to increase the vertical leg height. Say to 1-1/2" x 3" or 4"
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:54 AM   #75
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Please do keep us posted on your progress and discussions.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #76
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Will check that out. You know when traveling its nice to have bit of water in the tanks. I haven't used a public restroom in years while traveling in my rv. We must remember however that even though forest river says its ok to haul water providing you don't exceed max weight lippert says its a no no and will create more torsional stress
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #77
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As far as carrying water in your tanks while traveling I have this to say. If you aren't supposed to do this, why do they apply stickers in several different locations stating what a full load of water weighs and that you need to deduct that weight from your GTW rating? Sorry I don't buy it. For the type of camping I do, carrying water is a must. I strictly boondock and there is no other option for water. If they say you can't carry water in the tank while traveling they need to clearly state that and to my knowledge they don't. Simple fact is they have used material that is infierior for the purpose. Every pound of steel they save is just another dollar in their pocket.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #78
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This is one of the reasons lippert denied my claim stating the water tanks were not baffled and hauling water would create torsional stress on frame. Yet my forest river operational guide indicates you can. crazy
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #79
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We all know lippert saying no water is just another way to get out of repairs. I a the same way I also strictly boondock camp and I always have my water full when I travel. And yes I will be doing something about my straps because mine too have a bow in them. I will figured something out but I will always probably travels with a full fresh water tank.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #80
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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
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