We have a 2 month old 292BHDS Freedom Express travel trailer. Like a few others, we have had failure of our leaf springs. I am pretty confident there will be no issue getting them repaired, but I am looking at what the next weakest link in the system is. I am hoping to upgrade our 3500# axle assemblies to 4400#, which has made me question frame strength. I never intend to overload our 7600#GVWR, so I don't want the weight police after me. But do we have a minimum spec frame?
It looks pretty spindly, 6X2 welded I beam (measure 6.5", about 1/8" gauge.) The salesman figures we have the same i-beams as the larger units, so it is likely plenty strong for our load. But I know other manufacturers have deeper beams for trailer this weight. If any folks with a larger Coachmen (like a 31 or greater) could take a tape measure to their frame, I'd appreciate it. My guess is we are at the top weight for this frame, and need to be awfully careful on tight corners/bumps to avoid twisting the frame or cracking at the cross members. But if heavier units are sitting on the same frame I will be more comfortable with our relative strength.