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Old 07-28-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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We drove some roads with frost heave in Alaska and ended up bending the hitch. We don't think we did anything to justify the damage to the hitch. Wonder if anyone else is suspicious of the rust on the weld areas on both sides. Or is this a problem with the strength of materials Forest River uses.








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Old 07-28-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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Does anybody think that a WDH might've been useful here?
I know mine loaded up with a week worth supplies weighs in at 860lbs TW and that's with empty FW.
Every thing you put inside, other than the refrigerator, goes in front of the axels. In fact, most goes all the way up front.

Actually, I'm surprised that the ball mount survived.
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Overloaded.

Also, seems to me when I had my '04 F350 ( with F250 blocks ) pulling this trailer my ball was much lower than that to ride level.
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:22 PM   #5
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There's not enough rust there to cause that kind of problem.


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Overloaded.

Also, seems to me when I had my '04 F350 ( with F250 blocks ) pulling this trailer my ball was much lower than that to ride level.





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Overloaded?

You would have to work really hard at it to overload a 20/21' box front bedroom TT that has a specified / designed cargo capacity of 2214 lbs. Maybe he loaded a cube of bricks on the bed? My CC on our Roo which is basically the same physical size is only 1400 and change. Even with the 2nd water tank I added I am not close to it, so I don't know how you can get a ton of stuff in that 233RBS.....waterbed possibly?

Maybe the frost heaved road was more like driving it off a 5' high retaining wall?

I sure would like to know the wall thickness of that tube.


"Wonder if anyone else is suspicious of the rust on the weld areas on both sides."
Not really as Lippert welds always look like that......Your pic of the area that bent sure eliminates any doubt that Lippert does some prep and doesn't paint over rust. That is unless you have been towing it around for a couple of months with the bent A frame.


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I think it's a combination of a light weight trailer, load, and road conditions. Good news is, that a fairly easy fix for a good trailer shop. No camper structure to contend with.


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Had 1/2 tank of water, two 25 pound propane tanks 3/4 full, and 2 batteries. Doubt the max gross weight was even close. All that was in the trailer were clothes and some food. Nothing special that the factory did not provide for hauling.

Before the hitch bent, the trailer was SLIGHTLY nose low with the current ball hitch.

Repair shop said the C channel they used for the hitch was too light for Alaska and this is the 5th repair they did this year on trailers. They replaced with heavier steel and a complete tube style instead of the C steel.
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On my F250, the trailer was slightly nose low with this configuration.
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