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Old 11-02-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Structure issues!

On our last trip as we were bringing the slides in, when the left main slide had about 2-3 inches to go, we heard what sounded like something ripping. Upon further inspection, the bottom of the wall just above the top of the slide ripped away. At first we thought that the seal had folded over vs wrapping around the wall like it should and just pushed the inner wall away. Well I went out this past weekend and took a closer look. The middle 5 feet or so of the wall has severe dry rot about 4-5 inches up from the bottom of the wall! The seal is still in great shape and we haven't had much of any rain for the past 2 years (we live in Souther California) because of the drought. My wife and I are just beside ourselves. I understand that we all need to perform routine maintenence, but this sure seems beyond what we should be required to do. We are almost 1 year out of warranty, but this obviously didn't just happen. I used my shop vac to suck up all of the dry rot and re-attached the slide seal using two sided tape on both the inside and outside of the wall. I have been talking to Dan Dobecki in regards to our other main slide which no one seems to be able to adjust properly. Now this. I believe this is something that FR needs to cover, but I wanted your opinions as well. Pictures and videos coming. Thanks, Jerry.
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #2
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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Looks like there's been a leak?
Any idea where?
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:03 PM   #4
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I'm thinking that since it is only in the middle of the slide and only a few inches from the bottom, I think water got in the seal that goes around the wall and the wood just soaked it up. That's my guess anyway. Jerry


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Old 11-02-2015, 06:45 PM   #5
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I left a response on the Cardinal Club site. Check it out. There has been some discussion about this happening to some Cardinals. It has to do with the style of the slide seals being changed. The water is entering around the seal, then being absorbed by the wall.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:27 PM   #6
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I left a response on the Cardinal Club site. Check it out. There has been some discussion about this happening to some Cardinals. It has to do with the style of the slide seals being changed. The water is entering around the seal, then being absorbed by the wall.

Thank you for your response. That is what I was kind of thinking. Although I didn't know they had changed designs. Is this something that FR is warranting? Jerry


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Old 11-02-2015, 10:02 PM   #7
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Structure issues!

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Old 11-02-2015, 10:13 PM   #8
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I think forest river will and should cover that. Probably have your trl picked up .
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:19 AM   #9
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Great news! Just received an email from FR and they will be picking it up and take it back to their plant for repair, then bringing it back. Can't ask for more than that. Jerry
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Great news! Just received an email from FR and they will be picking it up and take it back to their plant for repair, then bringing it back. Can't ask for more than that. Jerry


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