Inspecting a used 5th wheel trailer & Pin Box
The wife and I have owned several towable travel trailers, but we are seriously considering taking the plunge on a used 5th wheel Forest River Wildcat for more space and atmosphere.
We looked on the internet and have done a lot of research on issues with 5th wheels, and stumbled across the "Lippert Frame" issue that seems to have affected various brands of trailers.
We understand the best way to check for cracked/bent pin box framing is to measure the distance from the pin plate before supporting any trailer weight and then after hitched, to show any flexing. We don't own a 5th wheel hitch yet, and while planning to ask the seller to do this before final purchase, wanted to see if we could sorta filter this out somewhat ahead of time.
Given that I have read people have been inspecting the framework, I wanted to know if outside of hitching, there were any other "tattle tail" signs or symptoms that would indicate a "possible" issue?
Visually inspecting the trailer we are looking at, we can't seem to find anything that would indicate a possible issue, other than the owner having had problems with the nose cone screws breaking underneath in the past.
Best regards ...