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Old 09-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #11
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I just installed the Dexter lift kit on my 2013 3008w and I now have 3 in. clearance. I'm not sure if this is the proper fix because the torsion arms are not at the recommended angles. I'm waiting to hear from Dexter Axles. David Switalski is the warranty contact at Dexter. Email
dswitalski@dexteraxle.com. Dexter PH# 574 296 7314. I also recommend that you send a complaint to the NHTSA. Your contact at FR is Sheila McGee. Good luck. Serge
Thanks for the info, Serge. Please post if/when and what you hear from David Switalski. I'm wondering if the lift kit is just a temporary bandaid, and the real answer is to replace the axles, given that the torsion arms are so far off the proper angle after the "fix".

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Mike. Hopefully I will find out today what Dexter thinks about this and will post it. Serge
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #13
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Mike. Hopefully I will find out today what Dexter thinks about this and will post it. Serge
Serge, I sent an email to David at Dexter last night and posed these six questions:
1) Did Rockwood use the incorrect axles on a number of Windjammer trailers?
2) Would complete replacement of the axles be preferable to a “fix” that involved spacers between the frame and axle?
3) Does dropping the axle (or raising the frame) by 2” have any detrimental effect on the axles performance, tracking, longevity, tire wear, or overall safety of the trailer and tow vehicle?
4) Does the “pad” or “spacer” that is being installed come from Dexter or Rockwood, and, if from Rockwood, have the engineers at Dexter approved this modification to the product?
5) Is the warranty on the axles still valid? Has the warranty period been extended or otherwise changed?
6) Are you aware of whether the FR warranty has changed in any way vis-à-vis the axles?
His answer arrived just a few minutes ago. Two sentences.
"Thank you for your email. You will have to contact Forest River for your questions."

There may have been some questions (#1 and #6) that properly ought to be addressed to Rockwood (and were, BTW), but #3, #4, and #5 rightfully should be answered by Dexter.

Will keep you updated.





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Mike. I called David this morning and he told me that there was no decision yet as to what will happen. He told me that I should have an answer today. It kind of looks like the cat is now very well out of the bag. I can only hope that the NHTSA will get involved but remember who owns this outfit. Serge
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:01 PM   #15
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I don't have tire clearance problem, but I did have a power cord rubbing on the top of the tire. One of the clips that hold the 120v ac cord up had broken allowing the cord to fall. As I was traveling down the highway, the tire rubbed the insulation off the power cord, and exposed the copper wires. After a stop one evening when I plugged into the shore power, I started tripping breakers. This area under my slide out was the last place I looked for the problem. The fix of installing a new power cord run took about an hour. Got rid of those plastic clips too, and went with insulated metal clips. Now before I get ready to hit the road, I check a lot more areas to prevent issues like this.
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Hello Patches. I think it should almost be like flying. Good to do a thorough check before you depart. Check check check and check again.LOL Serge
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I will have to check the tire clearance on my Rockwood I know there is not much space between the tire and wheel well but I don't think the tires are rubbing
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I have filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and would encourage anyone else that has this issue, report it too. The website is https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/Vehicl...nt/index.xhtml and is very easy to use. I have done a lot of research on this issue and there are a lot of people out there with this very issue. The more people that report it, the more likely Forest River will do something to change it. The representative that contacted me from NHTSA said the same thing.
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Hi Mike 54. There is more to this than tire clearance. The torsion arms also have to cushion the road shock. The proper travel of the arms are very important. Serge
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #20
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Checked mine i have just a bit over 3" with 15" tires on the TT
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