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Old 09-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Please do us all a favour and check the wheel to wheel well clearance on your tt. My 2013 rockwood 3008w had insufficient clearance and wore through the liner and into the floor. It also damaged the tires and they had to be replaced. This is a very dagerous condition. Could explain some of the tire problems? My dealer in Gormely Ont. couln't care less. This was missed on the PDI. The factory despite the fact that the warranty ran out while it was at the dealer for almost 2 months waiting for parts and repair denied my warranty claim. Sheila McGee did agree to supply me with an axle lift kit and 4 new tires but would not pay for the labour. I have installed the kit and repaired the damaged tire and all is good. Now I know how Warren makes his money.lol I believe the factory is aware of this and should be having a recall. I think Ont. MOT and Canada DOT might be interested in this. This is a serious safety issue. PLEASE CHECK THE WHEEL CLEARANCE. Serge
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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I'm curious because I have little clearance also, what size tires were on your Rockwood?
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Hello Mkayers. The 3008w Rockwood Windjammer uses 15in. tires. You shoul have 2.5 to 3 in. clearance. I could barely put my fingers between the tire and the wheel wells. The lift kit is a good and easy fix. The factory should ensure this clearance is correct. From what I can tell the factory uses 2 models of the Dexter axles which have different angles. Quality assurance needs to be more vigilant. So much for a good dealer PDI. Serge PS keep me posted.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Since this is about the 6th thread on this subject, it's got me concerned about my Vlite. The street side has so little clearance I can barely squeeze my hand over the tire. Very little clearance between the bottom of the slide out and the top of the tire. This side has the dinette slide and the bedroom slide.

Would the extra weight of the slides have a bearing on the clearance of the tire?

I am also curious of the lift kit; is this something anybody can add or is this a specialized skill?

I may go measure the height of the roofline on both sides to see if there is a difference. I see no signs of the tire rubbing anything, yet. And I don't know if this issue is getting worse or this is how it was originally since this is the first time I have paid attention and have become aware of it.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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I think mine is how it originally came. I live in Michigan and we've been 5000 miles or so including to NC and back and VA and back and no rubbing even with the low clearance. I'm not sure if I should be worried or not.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #6
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Hello Timex and Mkayers. I would call your dealer and ask them about the close clearance of your tires. The axle manufacturer Dexter recommends 3 inches of clearance. All I know was that my tires had rubbed into the plywood flooring. Forest River sent me a lift kit and new tires. I installed the kit myself. I have the tools and the experience to do this properly. I would not recomend this unless you know what you are doing. Serge
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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Got a trip next month. I'll take some measurements before we go and do some comparisons. HOPEFULLY, there won't be a problem. And I won't know what I'm doing so I won't be doing it myself. Unless there is a video somewhere that will show how to do it.
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I'v filed a safety related complaint regarding insufficient wheel to wheel well clearance with NHTSA Canada. All affecter trailer owners should do the same. Will keep you posted. Serge
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Hello Mkayers. The 3008w Rockwood Windjammer uses 15in. tires. You shoul have 2.5 to 3 in. clearance. I could barely put my fingers between the tire and the wheel wells. The lift kit is a good and easy fix. The factory should ensure this clearance is correct. From what I can tell the factory uses 2 models of the Dexter axles which have different angles. Quality assurance needs to be more vigilant. So much for a good dealer PDI. Serge PS keep me posted.
After reading these post, I checked my 2014 3008w today. On the door side, I could put two fingers between the top of the tire and the plastic of the wheel housing. On the street side, I could only get one finger in there. Understandable, since this is the side with both slides.

I called the dealer. His service department was aware of the problem and the "fix" - adding a spacer kit between the axles and the frame. They say it is about a two hour job. I explained that we are leaving St Louis in 10 days for a month in Texas and asked if they could get it done before we leave. I'm supposed to get a call from the service writer in the morning letting me know, but I have a feeling they'll somehow get it scheduled and completed. They say there is no problem getting parts from Rockwood, and Rockwood is, in fact, aware of the problem.

I didn't see any evidence of scuffing on the wheel housing, and I didn't look at the tires as they were covered today (and it is near 100 degrees here). We've towed the trailer somewhere north of 6,500 miles since we got it in late March, including the FR rally in Goshen.

Just in case, does anybody know the name and phone number of the Rockwood warranty person at FR?

Thanks in advance. I'll keep you posted on what I find out about the "fix".
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Hello Capt. Mike
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
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