Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2014, 04:56 PM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 69
Spring Hanger Fail - XLR toyhauler

My toyhauler is a 2013 38' Forest River XLR with ~12,000 miles of travel. I was doing a routine inspection in preparation for a trip next week when I found cracks where the spring hangers mount. I am having a hard time understanding why the mounts cracks. It seems as though the majority of the force would be down, and any rotational force would be out. Instead, the cracks seem to be from an up and in motion. Feel free to share your own experience, speculate on the cause, advise on how to repair, offer opinion on in the manufacturer should cover the cost of repair, etc. Be sure and take a look at your spring hangers before your next move.

passenger side rear hanger - dual axle configuration - FWIW, I had a flat on this side this spring.

passenger side front hanger-

driver's side rear hanger

The last 2 don't show cracks that I can see, but the weld line looks suspect.

andy29847 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 05:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
jevanb's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,441
I can tell you on my 5er camper and my 3 axle equip hauler trailer, when I back up and turn, it looks like my axles are ready to rip off from the stress of the dragging wheels, their is lots of sideway pressure on them. But looking closer at your pictures it might be the steel they used on the lift that failed

2012 Wildcat 344QB

06 LBZ ,CC 4x
lots of mods
jevanb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Western New York
Posts: 1,263
steel on box tube that failed looks to be to light of gauge (Wall Thickness). The spring hanger looks like 3/16" or 1/4" and the box tube looks like 1/8" wall. Should be close to the same gauge. Welding also changes the metal strength some. I would contact Forest Rivers about it and possible file a report with the DOT about failure.
2014 Coachmen Pursuit 31BDP
2016 Ford C-Max Energi
1987 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible
FROG Member
FMCA Member #F438633 - Good Sam Life Member
Coachmens Owners Group Member
ResQfrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 05:53 PM   #4
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 69
I have my warranty out and am reviewing it. I am well past the 1 year offered by Forest River. However, it seems as though the chassis and running gear is excluded from the Forest River warranty. The handbook says that warranty information regarding chassis components is available form my dealer. I call them tomorrow.

I checked the mounting tube and the spring hanger - they both appear to be 3/16".
andy29847 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 06:18 PM   #5
Senior Member
B and B's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wilmot Twp, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 9,150
It looks like when it was welded too much heat was used. This hardened the steel making it brittle hence the crack. The crack is outside the weld penetration.

I would get all shackles strengthened with extra plates at the bare minimum.

I would be documenting and contacting FR about this. If it happened to one trailer there may be more that are bad. They should pay for the repairs under a defect basis, as long as the trailer was not overloaded.
2017 Heartland Bighorn 3575 Elite with Reese Sidewinder
2016 Ford F 350 SD PS 6.7 SRW Crew Pucks and Reese 18 K Elite

2013 Rockwood 8289WS 2012 Rockwood 2703 SS TT 2007 Golden Falcon 38FLA PM 1983 Corsair 21RB
2015 Ford F250 PS '13 F150 3.5 Eco '09 F150 5.4 l 1987 Merc Grand Marq 1982 Ford E250 CW
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 10:03 AM   #6
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 69
Lippert is the company I have to work with. I have had contact with their customer service. They request that i take the camper to an RV repair center for a cost of repair quote.
andy29847 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 01:09 PM   #7
Mod free 5er
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,337
Looks to me like a shackle was too tight or frozen up and when the spring flexed longer, it put a horizontal load on the mount. I would weld it up and put an additional strap along side of the original mount and continue it up to the side of the tubing at least 3". Also make sure all the shackles were free to move and insert wet bolts.
OldCoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 01:31 PM   #8
Senior Member
Iwannacamp's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 4,891
Thank you for the heads-up....

But, on the other hand....something else to worry about.

I can't get close to my pin box anymore.

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
2017 Puma 297RLSS
2005 Ram 2500 4X4 diesel
Our new 5er 10-26-16
Iwannacamp is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2014, 03:58 AM   #9
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 69

now worried about this:

andy29847 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2014, 09:00 AM   #10
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
TURBS's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,423
One of your tie straps has flipped.
Other side that way to?


TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:21 AM.