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Old 08-20-2015, 09:23 AM   #1
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Sanibel 3501 frame flex

Prime time came and got our trailer back on July 22 to take it back to the factory to fix frame flexing and some other minor issues. We were told it would take approx 8-10 days to complete. Here it is a month later and no trailer yet. I was told this week it was back in the shop having the pre bends replaced again. What is a pre bend and is this normal ? Has anyone had this work done and has it taken longer than expected ? We've had to cancel one trip already and looks like our next one is in trouble. Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:32 AM   #2
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In the Sanibel the frame in the front is curved to follow the profile of the cap. This is what Prime Time calls a pre bend I think. In most other 5th wheels the frame is square in the front because it is easier to build them that way. Sorry but I have no experience with the frame flex issue directly since my unit was built after then corrected the problem. By the way I understand that the fix added 100 to 150 pounds of addition steel to the unit. Most have stated that it took about 10 days to correct but this is prime camping time so that may be part of the problem.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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Has the flex issue on our 2013 Sanibel 3500 and repaired by Recreational Specialist in Elkhart. They had our unit for about 1 month, but there were issues with the rear ac leaking condensate leaking into the unit and they had to repair that. They told me that they need approx 1 week to repair the flex and were dependent on the availabity of the Lippert welder. So far so good on the repairs. Pretty impressed with all the extras that they performed., such as adjusting misadjusted slideouts and missing seals.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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Has the flex issue on our 2013 Sanibel 3500 and repaired by Recreational Specialist in Elkhart. They had our unit for about 1 month, but there were issues with the rear ac leaking condensate leaking into the unit and they had to repair that. They told me that they need approx 1 week to repair the flex and were dependent on the availabity of the Lippert welder. So far so good on the repairs. Pretty impressed with all the extras that they performed., such as adjusting misadjusted slideouts and missing seals.

X2 on Ron Green at Recreational Specialties. He and his crew are top notch. We just left there on Tuesday after Prime Time arranged for our issues that they didn't want to tackle at the Rally to be taken care of at R.S. No frame flex issues but, a laundry list of minor issues were ALL taken care of including slide adjustments and new slide runners on one side. We were there a day and a half & left very satisfied.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #5
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We were there last year at Recreational specialist, And I was very impressed with the crew there. Everything was repaired and it took them a little more time than expected. But we were very very pleased with the repairs. I wish that the RV industry dealers should apply this type of service and personalized customer service. I think that we all wouldn't complain about QC as much. My wife and I have a Sanibel 3601. It a 2015, we bought it in 2014. Do have some issues, yes we do. I will not take it to the Dealer. They could careless how long they have our home. We full time In our unit. I can call PrimeTime and they are a dream to work with. Rodger has been AWESOME to work with. I am a master automotive technician for 36 years. I have also have done major home repairs and renovation. So I am quite handy. We are pleased with our purchase of the Sanibel. We had spent 3 years researching and looking at floor plans and other manufacturers. Also with material and quality of RV units. We had spoken to many people. Whom spent huge amounts of money, and those who didn't. The conclusions is that every RV company has issues. You just have to realize that YOU didn't build or design it. And we are all humans. It doesn't matter if you bought and paid for the most expensive until. Your going to have issues with it. Even a custom made house or anything else for that matter is going to have a issues. We just have to realistic expectations. Realize what it is. And it's a house going down some crazy roads. Mechanical and stuff happens. Yes it needs to improve. But it could be a yugo, or a fiat. Sorry so long. Thanks for reading
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:57 PM   #6
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I had my 2013 Sanibel 3500 at Ron Green's place (Recreational Specialist ) for the frame flex problem and it took about 5 days to complete the work and they did an excellent job. Call Mary at Prime Time and get on her case.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:58 PM   #7
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I did not know there was an issue. What is happening that you need to bring it in for the reapairs?
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:40 PM   #8
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When you install the trailer on your hitch, when you take the load of your leveling system and the weight goes on the pin box. Notice that on left side of lower trim it drops. Just behind the front cap. Mine needs repair. As it is dropping about a inch. Also the are between the bedroom slide going toward the front of the trailer, lower part of wall. Will start bowing outwardly. The pudy they use to seal the lower seams will show a "witness mark". Keep a eye on this area. We have approximately 7 k on the trailer.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:45 PM   #9
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It's on the outside wall area. Lower trim approximately three feet from cap to seam where the front slide is. Also the left hatch door gaps is not true with the door now. Gap is wider at left of door latch and also same side gap is also closing vertically. Just FYI.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:52 PM   #10
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From what I understand the aluminum tubing in the sidewall of the Sanibel and Crusader are a tad thin, this problem should have been corrected in the later models. One of the things they do at Recreational Specialist is replace the thin wall tubing with heavier walled aluminum tubing. They call it tubing but it is actually square.
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