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Old 02-27-2009, 09:22 AM   #11
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I emailed a gentleman at Forest River (someone from this forum gave me theinformation). Waiting to see that response. Really am disappointed because this has been going on for 3 weeks (this back and forth talking) and we were planning to take the RV to the races at Texas Motorspeedway the end of March.

Like I said previously, the dealership did all the measurements and took all the photos. While I watched and helped. Since they deal with issues all the time, I am relying on what they are saying about it being welded wrong.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:23 AM   #12
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I sure do appreciate all the input from everyone.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:34 AM   #13
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I'm still curious-- did your tires wear un-evenly or excessively???
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #14
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I would say unevenly. And another thing and it may not be related at all. When the dealer was repacking the barings, when he took it off both brakes on that side were gone. One was in pieces. Now how strange is that. So not only is something not right with the frame, I now have to relace the brakes on that side of the unit. Brakes on the other side are fine.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:45 AM   #15
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Sorry bearings...
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:52 AM   #16
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I think, if I were you, I'd just contact a trailer manufacturer there locally and have them fix it. Keep all your receipts and have them write a detailed description of the work they perform. You may have better luck getting Lippert or FR to reimburse you for the repairs that way.

As for the brakes, Do you pull the hubs and look at them every year? It's really not very unusual for one, or even one side, to wear out before the other. Most RV's are heavy to one side and/or the brakes may have been adjusted "tight" on that side. Even the way it's wired can make a difference in how the brakes wear.

I hope you get this resolved. Too bad you didn't notice it sooner. It shouldn't matter but it would have a whole lot less headache for you.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:55 AM   #17
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I think you are right.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:57 AM   #18
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Bearings going out are not un-heard of either.
I've heard of folks who checked bearings on trailers that were less than
a year old and found one or more bearings had minimal/almost no grease in them.

IMO all dealers should pack bearings on all new trailers as part of the "dealer prep".
Bottom line is, they don't do that and if/when the axle manufacturers drop the grease
ball at time of axle assembly, you wind up with dry/failed bearings.
All manufacturers recommend bearing/brake inspection/repack every year.
If you've had it in your possession more than 12 months, that re-pack ball is in your
court.

I admit that if I had a new trailer and bearings failed within a few thousand
miles, I would be upset even if it was over a year old.
I do hope you get it fixed and move on to some happy camping!
Don't let this ruin your excitement and fun!
Remember why you bought it and enjoy it!!!!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:52 PM   #19
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I am happy to report that I did get a call from the gentleman I emailed at Forest River and he has directed me to another man at Lippert (the people who do the axles). So we will see.

Our deal is we do not mind the bearings, that is our responsibility, and tires do wear out. Another responsibility of ours. But we take all necessary precautions on our tires, never overload the RV, keep them inflated properly, keep them covered and they do not have a lot of miles on them. But ok, again we will go on the tires. The brakes..we will eat that too. But something that is done at the factory that will impact this trailer for years, come on..this should be someone's elses duty. But again, we will see what happens. We are hopeful. And can say we do appreciate the quick response (received a phone call) from the man at Forest River. Although, he says..not Forest River's problem.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:52 PM   #20
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So they are saying that they do not stand behind their product? What kind of crap is that? You bought a Forest River Trailer, NOT a Lippert Trailer? Inagine if the auto industry used these excuses. Scary situation and I would be getting a lawyer involved if you get no satisfaction.
Can you imagine if any other manufacturer pulled this BS, Sorry your $2000 Sony tv component was defective but you will have to contact **** in China who made the diode and they may fix it.
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