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Old 07-16-2016, 07:34 AM   #1
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246 RKS Freedom Express 2013 frame stress fractures

I noticed while filling my tires that between the axels on the frame I have a stress fracture (my term) on both sides on the frame. Has anyone else experienced this? Hoping it is warrantied.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:44 AM   #2
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I noticed while filling my tires that between the axels on the frame I have a stress fracture (my term) on both sides on the frame. Has anyone else experienced this? Hoping it is warrantied.
How about a picture?

Being a 2013 warranty status could be iffy. Hopefully Coachmen / Forest River would step up to the plate in this situation. I can tell you without a doubt if the frame was made by Lippert Components (LCI), which it most likely was, you're more than likely SOL.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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Have the same trailer with 2' cracks about 8" to the rear of the center axle hanger. Emailed Coachman, got no response, another example of their customer service department. What did you do, I'm looking for a local welding shop!


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Old 09-23-2016, 07:47 AM   #4
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Never heard of cracked frames. j/k

Took it to a local weld shop and they direct billed my dealer per the dealer instructions.
Had them gusset all my spring mounts on the hush.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:16 AM   #5
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Visited a local welding shop to determine and repair "stress cracks" on the frame. It appears that the L shaped cross brace on the frame is twisting with the rigors of travel and cracking the very thin middle section of the frame at the point where it attaches to the main frame. If you look closely you can see where this cross brace meets the main frame. If it is cracked there, you can also see this section bow slightly above the crack. Had a much stronger section welded to the main frame at this point. Hope this resolves the problem. My dealer says he has never heard of a frame cracking, really!!!!
You can see that point on DBarrs first photo above.

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Old 09-27-2016, 09:51 AM   #6
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we bought a 2016 freedom express in feb 2016 and after 6 months on the road, there are now 6 cracks in the frame and it has been walking left and right as i drive down the road. the dealer is dealing with FRinc now, so wish us luck.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:27 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your frame issues. They definitely have some production issues with these welded frames. We have about 18,000 miles on our unit so I guess we were fortunate not to have developed cracks earlier. We tend to run real light, never carry water or waste and the minimum in can goods etc. I'm becoming a little paranoid pulling this trailer particularly as we plan for a trip to the west coast next year!




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Old 11-13-2016, 09:39 PM   #8
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Coachman/Forest River Frames are a joke

We had a 2014 32BHDS the frame cracked on both sides between the wheels so bad the bunkhouse was sagging at least 8 inches in the back and twisted so that the frame was rubbing against the rear tire to the point that we had to have the unit towed on a flatbed trailer because it kept blowing tires. Per FR and Lippert it was our fault! Even though we had proof of weight before we left on the road trip and tongue weight when it was parked at the dealership after being towed. The unit was totaled out by our insurer the repairs would have been over $35K. To this day neither FR or Lippert has taken any responsibility for the bad steel used in the frame or the sloppy welds on the mounting of any of the mechanics. I will never buy another product from this company and I will take every opportunity to make sure that anyone that asks my opinion hears my story.
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This thread is a bit scary. To me, there is no excuse for a frame developing stress fractures like that.

I have some thoughts of replacing my current trailer with the 243 RKS. Maybe not so much now.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:18 PM   #10
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Atle, I ran into a lady in Tennessee who alerted me to the frame issue with her same model. She was a full timer who had her trailer for less than a year. She had the entire frame on the right side of the frame from the rear axle hanger back fracture. I chocked it up to over weight but inspected my frame after every trip. It was a year later that I discovered the cracks developing. We love this trailer but I'm not impressed with Coachman's quality or customer focus.
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