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Old 03-07-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Tracer Tires rubbing the under carriage.

I recently had my Tracer 2670BHS in for service on the water heater. While it was there the tech pointed out some wear on the under carriage above the tires. He indicated that this is a common problem with the Tracer. He suggested that the fix was to put spacers in the springs to give the trailer an additional 1" to 1 1/2" lift.
They gave me a quote for the spacers and longer U-Bolts for the axle plus labor of $400.
The problem I have is that I have not found any post or information about this being a common problem, and that spacers are the solution. SO I have 3 questions
1.Has anybody else had this problem?
2.Has anybody had the Preventive Measure done on your trailer?
3.Is it something I can do myself?
Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:36 PM   #2
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How old is your unit, is it still warranty covered? I don't think I would be too happy about this, the unit is supposed to be able to handle being used as long as it is not overloaded.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:54 PM   #3
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The trailer is a 2011. We definitely are not running with it overloaded.
I still don't know if it is actually a common problem, or if the guy was trying to sell me something I don't need.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
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Not sure how to word this reply because I am unsure of the proper nomenclature.

Maybe the springs have collapsed/lost tension? I have heard of springs ;loosing thier arch which allows the trailer to drop and reducing clearance.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:11 PM   #5
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We had a similar problem with our 2013 Windjammer. Seems a number of units left the factory with the wrong mounting brackets on the axles. They did not allow sufficient clearance and the tires would rub the wheel wells. Rockwood fixed mine under warranty and Forest River eventually issued a recall to fix all the defective units. The axle manufacturer (Dexter) told me they recommend a minimum of 3 inches of clearance to allow for tire movement on the road. You might contact Forest River to see if a similar recall was issued for your unit.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #6
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I got a 2010 3000bhs with the same problem, I noticed the tires rubbing when it was under warranty brought the trailer back and the dealer and primetime replaced the springs and equalizers, next trip we noticed it was rubbing again, contacted primetime, roger stickel who said they would not do anything because the trailer was past warranty by one month! Last trip my tires on my back axle wore bad my axle is bent so I'm replacing my axles with 5200lbs and 1/4" tubes and springs, I'm replacing them because my back axle is bending! As long as your axles are good you could ask your dealer maybe he could replace your springs which are 1700lbs to the next size 2200lbs which will stiffen them slightly and lessen the up and down travel a little! Is your dealer talking about larger spring seats or spacers or longer shackles? I believe the newer trailers have 4400lb axles!
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:50 PM   #7
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I had a 2013 Tracer 2670BHS , never had a problem with the wheels rubbing. Could it be from the tires throwing up road debris?
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I had a problem with one of my TT tires having a flat spot on it. Apparently that Axel was off about 3/4 inch. One of the bolts was loose and allowed the Axel to move! So now I tru to check them before we go camping.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:35 AM   #9
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I recently had my Tracer 2670BHS in for service on the water heater. While it was there the tech pointed out some wear on the under carriage above the tires. He indicated that this is a common problem with the Tracer. He suggested that the fix was to put spacers in the springs to give the trailer an additional 1" to 1 1/2" lift.
They gave me a quote for the spacers and longer U-Bolts for the axle plus labor of $400.
The problem I have is that I have not found any post or information about this being a common problem, and that spacers are the solution. SO I have 3 questions
1.Has anybody else had this problem?
2.Has anybody had the Preventive Measure done on your trailer?
3.Is it something I can do myself?
Thanks in advance for any input.
How old is the trailer? Did a previous owner replace tires with incorrect size? Has the trailer ever been overloaded causing damage to the springs? Or, as mentioned, a manufacturing problem?
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Old 03-09-2015, 05:11 AM   #10
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I recently had my Tracer 2670BHS in for service on the water heater. While it was there the tech pointed out some wear on the under carriage above the tires. He indicated that this is a common problem with the Tracer. He suggested that the fix was to put spacers in the springs to give the trailer an additional 1" to 1 1/2" lift.
They gave me a quote for the spacers and longer U-Bolts for the axle plus labor of $400.
The problem I have is that I have not found any post or information about this being a common problem, and that spacers are the solution. SO I have 3 questions
1.Has anybody else had this problem?
2.Has anybody had the Preventive Measure done on your trailer?
3.Is it something I can do myself?
Thanks in advance for any input.
That's alot for labor to do that IMO. You can really do it yourself if your young and handy. I think I would call the factory first. being a 2011 unit I would think that this problem would have been found along time ago. Something is missing here. You should have 3 fingers of clearance.
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