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Old 06-10-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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2007 36BHLE Frame Issues

I have a 2007 Cardinal 36BHLE that I bought new in 2008. Since then I have have 6 tire blow outs. After getting the damaged repaired from the last incident, the technician said that I had frame damage. I took it to a frame shop and they found that the axles are shifted over 6 inches to the right and the main frame rails are twisted. The initial estimate for repair is around $5000.

I had the trailer weighed and I am below the GVW of 15,500 lbs when loaded.

Just wondering if anyone has had any issues with the frame twisting.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:09 AM   #2
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That is a big camper.
Have you ever had a curb strike going around a corner?
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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SIX INCHES???
Did I read that correctly?
That would mean your tires would have been sticking out on one side of the camper and sunk way in on the other?
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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SIX INCHES???
Did I read that correctly?
That would mean your tires would have been sticking out on one side of the camper and sunk way in on the other?
I read six blowouts, but wow.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Frame Damage con't.

Yes, it is a very big fifth wheel at about 50 ft long and 13'6" tall and weighs in over !4,000 lbs loaded. It tows beautifully behind my 2010 3500 Dodge MegaCab truck with a pullrite hitch.

The tires are sticking way out on the door side. I have not hit any curbs at high speeds. I have gently rolled up and over curbs and other objects while turning and backing up. The frame shop said it was bad enigneering and would have happend sooner or later.

The trailer came with Loadstar tires and they are junk. I blew two on one trip and the other 4 on another trip. The tread just separated and exploded the tires. I bought 6 goodyear heavy duty trailer tires and have not had any problems yet.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
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You may want to check this site out for your frame problem CARDINAL RV CLUB
After one blow out on my LoadStars I went and got goodyears what a difference in so many ways.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:26 AM   #7
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Forest River has a serious problem with frames. I was broke down on the interstate yesterday for 7 hours with a broken bracket that holds the leaf springs to the frame. Found out I have at least 4 stress cracks on my frame. McGeorge RV, Forest River no Lippert would do anything about it yet. I have read post in other forums where this is a large issue. What is it gonig to take to get them to fix the problem? I have 9 more years to pay on my camper and it is a peice of junk.






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Old 09-09-2011, 09:29 AM   #8
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I also notice about 6 inches of side to side travel on my tires when I make turns. I guess I am stupid. I just thought it was supposed to do that until yesterday when the mechanic rocked the camper back and forth and let me watch the frame from underneath. Everything under there just rocked back and forth like a tree blowing in the wind, which is what caused the bracket to break.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:48 AM   #9
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every time i see one of these, i go out and look at mine. as cardnal4fun said, there is a thread that shows a detailed, recommended repair for the cracks above the wheels. the twist, i haven't seen.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:19 PM   #10
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I got my camper fixed to the tune of $5000. They reinforced the frame rails where the tires mount and installed cross support rails between the axles to prevent the tires from shifting while turning. Went to the Lippert factory in Indiana and they said it was my fault and would not do anything about it.
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