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Old 04-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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FR apparently can't measure! Major issue

Well, we're out of warranty and I doubt there's a fix that warranty would have paid for or could have fixed.

Our TT is 2 years old, we've got maybe 6-700 miles on it. The trires were dry rotting so yesterday I got them replaced.

And not a mile too soon. Disaster was just around the next bend.

The left side tires both had severe rub marks on the back side - one was into the 'cords' on the sideway. Upon investigation it turns out the ENTIRE TRAILER isn't centered on the frame - it's about 1.25 inches too far to the left.

So the left side tires run on the inside of the fenderwell of the TT - the floor/wall joint. The tire had weakened to the point it was bulging out of the sidewall and that made the rubbing even worse!

I beat the edge back with a BFH for the ride home but looks like I"ll have to pull the inner fender out and attack the structure with a saw and replace the inner fender to seal it back up.

SO this is a warning to you all- go look under your TT at the inside of our tires and see if anything is rubbing. Before you you have blowouts on the road!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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The left side tires both had severe rub marks on the back side - one was into the 'cords' on the sideway. Upon investigation it turns out the ENTIRE TRAILER isn't centered on the frame - it's about 1.25 inches too far to the left.
That sounds bizarre! How are you measuring this?

If the axles are offset mounted to the frame, I would think that the manufacturer would make it right regardless if it's out of warranty...I would certainly try!

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IMO, I wouldn't do anything drastic, get to a dealer and see about getting this thing back to the factory.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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Would first measure to see if the axles are centered on the frame. It might just be the inner fender is not right which would not be a major undertaking to fix. After determining the actual problem, I would then contact the dealer/FR for a fix.
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its 2.5 years old - warranty (even the extended one) has expired. I don't want to be without my TT for the next 6 months.

Measurement - from frame to edge of floor in the wheel well. There's a large easily visible difference.

Axles are centered and with the spring saddles. I suppose the spring mounts could be cut off the axles, relocated and re welded but that isn't something I"m gonna trust the dealer to do and getting FR to pay an axle place - out of warranty - isn't gonna be easy.

Instead of hours of driving (and gas) back and forth to the dealership I can cut back and reseal the wheel wells and have it done. I only need 3/4" clearance, if that. The wheelwell is just tin stapled in place and I"m guessing behind it I"ll find a plywood floor with a 2x3 sitting on it. Since i beat it back with a hammer i know it's not steel there and the area is now marked - hammer and chisel or maybe a router will fit. Gonna rain for the next 2 days then i work for 3 long days so next week I'll tackle it.
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its 2.5 years old - warranty (even the extended one) has expired. I don't want to be without my TT for the next 6 months.

Measurement - from frame to edge of floor in the wheel well. There's a large easily visible difference.

Axles are centered and with the spring saddles. I suppose the spring mounts could be cut off the axles, relocated and re welded but that isn't something I"m gonna trust the dealer to do and getting FR to pay an axle place - out of warranty - isn't gonna be easy.

Instead of hours of driving (and gas) back and forth to the dealership I can cut back and reseal the wheel wells and have it done. I only need 3/4" clearance, if that. The wheelwell is just tin stapled in place and I"m guessing behind it I"ll find a plywood floor with a 2x3 sitting on it. Since i beat it back with a hammer i know it's not steel there and the area is now marked - hammer and chisel or maybe a router will fit. Gonna rain for the next 2 days then i work for 3 long days so next week I'll tackle it.
It sounds like the manufacturer didn't make the wheel well deep enough on the one side where it's rubbing. I'd still go after them to pay for the fix.

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Forest river to my knowledge buys the frames with axles attached.
I'm not sure there the problem.


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Would measure the axle to the frame on both sides, not the tire to the fender. Would want to make sure the axle is centered on the frame itself. The inner fenders are as you say, just wood and alum/plastic.
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Prof Fate, I just sent you a PM.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:36 PM   #10
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the axles ARE centered.
The BODY of the trailer isn't centered on the frame.

Five possible fixes -
remove body from frame, move 1", re-attach. Really? Anyone gonna do that?
Relocate axles to move tires away from wheel well. A lot of work.
Spacer behind the wheel to move it away from wheelwell. Safe? Don't know.
Different rim with a deeper offset to do the same as the spacer would. A good choice perhaps, but not as cheap as...
Change wheel well for clearance to tire. Seems the best solution.
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