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Old 05-17-2017, 07:20 PM   #1
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Cardinal 32RL Tire blowout possible

I took our 2017 Cardinal 32RL in to have the wheel bearings packed/replaced and the tech found a metal plate attached to the street side slide ram had been bent up and had tire marks on the plate. The plate is attached to the forward metal ram of the slide, it is vertical to the ram and then has about 2"s of bend towards the front of the trailer. The metal plate is between the two tires and is visible if you get down and look for it. I check the lug nuts on each trip and did not notice the bent plate, I have no Idea how it bent but left as it was it would have eventually caused the tire to blow out. The plate does not appear to serve any application on our unit, it is marked "USPAT6176045,6182401,5758918. I just found out today, tomorrow I am contacting FR to see what the plate is for and advise them of the plate bending and rubbing against the tire.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:43 PM   #2
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Same Metal Piece

I have the same metal piece on my 2017 3250RL, did you figure out what to do about it?
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:19 PM   #3
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I have the same metal piece on my 2017 3250RL, did you figure out what to do about it?
The tech cut the plate to where it was no longer close to the tires. I am sorry to say I have not pursued the issue with Forest River. Thanks for the post, I will call FR tomorrow & get back when I have an answer.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:44 PM   #4
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Left a message for Chris at Forest River, still waiting.
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:43 AM   #5
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Keep us posted please. Sounds like something that needs to be addressed (and answered by FR).
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:14 PM   #6
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possible flat

I sent photos to Michael Haile of Cardinal and he has sent them to the factory and the frame mfg. to see what they say. I looked a little closer and the piece of metal has been bent up from hitting the tire.
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I sent photos to Michael Haile of Cardinal and he has sent them to the factory and the frame mfg. to see what they say. I looked a little closer and the piece of metal has been bent up from hitting the tire.
Any chance you could post the pictures here?
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:51 PM   #8
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Pictures

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Old 06-23-2017, 08:02 PM   #9
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Chris from Cardinal called me today, he said that piece of metal was put on to protect wiring, maybe a water line to the ice maker from a road debris or a blowout. He said the metal guard was put on the models that needed it and FR would not spend the $$ to have them put on models that did not need it. He had no explanation of why the metal piece was on my trailer and asked me what I planned to do to. I told him the piece was cut off above the bend and is no longer a hazard to the tire, he seemed ok with that, not concerned that a part from the factory could possibly cause a tire failure. I am not computer smart, thanks for posting the pictures and sending them to FR. The pictures were similar to what i had going on.

Does anyone out there have wiring or water lines being "protected" and where are they located, laying on the bent metal edge at the bottom of the guard?
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:07 PM   #10
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I guess you could unbolt the metal guard, not sure if it would weaken the slide, I would check with FR first. Hopefully they will advise all the Cardinal owners, seems it should be a recall.
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They should let everyone know but my bet is they won't because it would cost them money to fix it!! As to the reply from Chris at Cardinal, didn't seem to concerned about it and asked what are you going to do rather than giving a solution. I guess in the end it's up to us to use common since and fix the small problems because Cardinal doesn't really care, all they want to do is sell there product just like all the other RV Mfg.
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They DO CARE but not to the extent of a recall. They have addressed every one of my issues favorably once notified.
Right now waiting for "new aluminum steps" because of a faulty, rusted pin. Out of warranty.
I am paying for the install.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:35 PM   #13
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If they cared

If they do care the pictures say it all, but still waiting (So far one week) for someone from Cardinal to let me know what to do about this bent metal that rubs the tire. The reply from Chris at Forest River pretty much sums it up, didn't seem to be concerned about it. It's a very simple answer and that is cut it off but that would cost them money to cut all of them off?? Don't get me wrong I love my Cardinal and have told others it's a great couch but they have there issues the same as all RV Mfgs.
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