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Old 07-14-2014, 08:15 AM   #21
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Does the addition of the metal supports change the carry capacity of the unit?
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:42 AM   #22
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Is this repair being done at Recreational Specialties? If so, would anyone care to comment on their shop? My Crusader is currently there undergoing some work.

It's too bad that this frame flex issue is happening, but it seems like PT is stepping up and dealing with it.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:53 PM   #23
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I noticed this problem about a year out. Called rodger at prime time and sent in pics. It is called a frame flexor and was told it was not unsafe. Used the unit for another trip before it went to factory. 3/4 movement when hitched and unhitched. Junior was my contact, they did a excellent job repairing our unit. Had some other warranty work done while it was there. They found a couple of problems we were unaware of. The mfg of the frame was somehow involved. Nothing moves now. We have 25, to 35,000 miles on ours. Any movement that breaks the seal and allows water to penetrate is NOT normal
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:26 AM   #24
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Sorry to hear that other Sanibel owners are experiencing body/pin flex! We just completed a 1500 kms trip with our 2014 Sanibel 3501. During a fuel stop early in our trip we were surprised to discover a 3/16" - 1/4" separation on the driver's side....exactly as described by other Sanibel owners. We immediately contacted our RV dealer who subsequently contacted Prime Time Mfg. to schedule appropriate repairs to the frame, etc. at the manufacture. We find it very disappointing that such a problem should arise in a high-end unit!


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Old 07-16-2014, 08:34 AM   #25
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It sounds like Sanibel is the brand to own! Teething problems come with any design changes, and that fact that it's being taken care of is very confidence inspiring.
I don't own a fiver, but in the future???
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:37 PM   #26
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Do the Crusaders use the same frame? Does this qualify as "frame flex"? Thoughts...opinions!
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:03 PM   #27
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Does the addition of the metal supports change the carry capacity of the unit?

No, many factors set the rating. Starting with tires, axles, brakes and up.


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Old 07-20-2014, 07:41 PM   #28
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RattVader,
I am not sure, but on my Sanibel 3500 I had some flexing from when the unit was on its jacks to when it was connected to truck. See before and after photos. In addition, the caulking on that side was pushed out and required re tape seal. Unit is scheduled for repair.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:31 PM   #29
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I don't know if it is the same frame. Forest River buy frame from Lippert. Some people think that Lippert build frame to the fifth wheel manufacturer specs. I think that Lippert has a catalog of different frame with different specs and fifth wheel manufacturer choose the one they want. So they might go with model xxx that has 6K axle + 2 front jack + rear stabilizer + 16 inch wheel and tires. it probably have a 10 inch I beam and a 6 inch drop frame. So the manufacturer goes thru the Lippert catalog and choose the right frame for the job. The higher you go in the quality of the frame , the more expensive it is. probably right now, the most expensive would be a 12 inch I beam (because they use only I beam) and 8-10 inch drop frame + 8K axle + 17.5 wheel and tire + disk brakes + 6 point leveling jack.......
I know for a fact that some fifth wheel manufacturer will reinforced the frame when they received it from Lippert. A few minutes ago, I was looking at a Landmark San antonio at my campground. You could easely see that they added another piece of steel tube over the 8 inch drop frame. I have heard that Jayco will also reinforce the frame on the high end model.


From your picture, I would think that there is some flex in the front portion of you overhang.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:35 PM   #30
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We had this problem with our Sanibel 3500. Prime took the RV back to their plant in Indiana and completed the repairs. Every thing seems okay now.
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