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Old 04-08-2016, 04:40 PM   #11
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a good reason to get a TPMS system installed...
hard to know when you have a low tire on a trailer until it is too late to prevent damage

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TPMS can pay for themselves. First you might eliminate destroying a tire due to driving on it while it is doing a slow leak. Even of the damage to the tire makes it un-repairable you should prevent damage to the RV due to the tire flailing against the RV. (In the above example it appears the owner was lucky and the tire failure didn't do the damage.)
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:17 PM   #12
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FYI, the floor of your camper is made with a special product that is a treated plywood. The info that came with mine states a long warranty period - I think 5 or 10 years. Check your documentation. You might also want to check with FR to see if you can purchase some from them.

Your repair idea sounds fine.

Can you post up photos of the reefer damage?
Check the floor warranty. It's for delamination. If it goes bad the wood mfr. will supply you a new sheet for you to install. You pay freight and labor.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:35 PM   #13
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Easter Sunday evening we were headed home after a nice weekend on the California coast when something caused me to look in the left side mirror of my tow vehicle. I was surprised to see smoke and debris coming from the left wheel of our trailer as the tire shredded, leaving the tread in the #2 lane of Interstate 80.

Luckily, I was in the right lane and so was able to pull off the freeway in short order. Got the lug wrench from my truck and was surprised to find I was unable to get the wrench on 2 of the 5 lug nuts. Called Triple A but it turns out we're not covered for our trailer. SO, not being too far from home, we unhitched and my wife drove home and got my sockets and a breaker bar. My neighbor helped her load up the floor jack too. I thought it would be easier (and safer) to pump that thing rather than twist the extensions on the scissor jack from the truck.... but that turned out to be a bad idea.

The jack slipped, the trailer fell and - where there had been no significant damage to the underside of the trailer, there was now the plate from the floor jack embedded in the floor beneath the refrigerator. What a mess.

So we went back to plan A, and used the truck jack and dropped the trailer stabilizers to avoid another calamity. Got the spare on and made it home without further incident.

My insurance sent an estimator who pointed out that the damage was confined to a small area. SO after I tried to take the job to a couple of local shops who are all too busy to take it in I've decided to fix the thing myself.

Does anyone have any experience patching up a hole in the deck of one of these things? My thought is to cut out the damaged area, screw down a piece of 3/8 plywood over the hole then glue and screw another piece of plywood in the hole. It doesn't seem as if any additional weight from the extra plywood should be a problem.

There's also some damage to the bottom of the refrigerator in the area above where the jack penetrated. The damage is only to the outer side - not through into the food area and the refer works fine. Should I just leave it alone or do I need to repair it? I have no idea how to do that.

Thanks for any ideas/experiences.
I am so sorry this happened to you! I tried to explain to some folks on these boards why you don't use floor jacks to get underneath an RV (or a vehicle either) to do repairs, without planting stationary jacks first. Nah, they just use the floor jack. That puncture could be right through someone's skull or chest. I am very glad that didn't happen to you!
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:44 PM   #14
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Nah, they just use the floor jack. That puncture could be right through someone's skull or chest.
am trying to figure out why you would put your skull or chest between the floor jack and the trailer, or how you would even do that?

I carry my full size floor jack in my van and have needed to use it a few times... 2 or 3 pieces of 2x6 under the jack on soft ground sure helps... much better and easier to use then standard car jacks
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Jack under any solitary piece of framing that is available on the camper as for floor delamination that is impossible as there is no two materials involved in the manufacturing of this floor the floor is a compressed piece of fiber wood injected with some sort of a weird chemical that inhibits water penetration on both sides please if you don't know what you're talking about do not answer questions to individuals that need help on this line thank you Deemo
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please if you don't know what you're talking about do not answer questions to individuals that need help on this line thank you Deemo
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This is the reason why a tire monitor is sooooo important to have. We have the TST 507 system and it alerts us immediately if there is an air or temperature problem with the trailer tires. The $250 we spent on the system pays us back with with peace of mind and a good chance of avoiding a repair bill due to damage caused by tire debris. I wouldn't tow without it.
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Yes, we have AAA with the RV coverage. Best extra $25/year or so deal ever...
I agree. In the area I live in the area is covered by two different AAA's. Only the one offers the RV package. Of course I had the wrong one so had to switch. I thought all AAA were the same but now know that is not the case. When you look at your card if it doesn't say Plus RV on it you are not covered.

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Easter Sunday evening we were headed home after a nice weekend on the California coast when something caused me to look in the left side mirror of my tow vehicle. I was surprised to see smoke and debris coming from the left wheel of our trailer as the tire shredded, leaving the tread in the #2 lane of Interstate 80.

Luckily, I was in the right lane and so was able to pull off the freeway in short order. Got the lug wrench from my truck and was surprised to find I was unable to get the wrench on 2 of the 5 lug nuts. Called Triple A but it turns out we're not covered for our trailer. SO, not being too far from home, we unhitched and my wife drove home and got my sockets and a breaker bar. My neighbor helped her load up the floor jack too. I thought it would be easier (and safer) to pump that thing rather than twist the extensions on the scissor jack from the truck.... but that turned out to be a bad idea.

The jack slipped, the trailer fell and - where there had been no significant damage to the underside of the trailer, there was now the plate from the floor jack embedded in the floor beneath the refrigerator. What a mess.

So we went back to plan A, and used the truck jack and dropped the trailer stabilizers to avoid another calamity. Got the spare on and made it home without further incident.

My insurance sent an estimator who pointed out that the damage was confined to a small area. SO after I tried to take the job to a couple of local shops who are all too busy to take it in I've decided to fix the thing myself.

Does anyone have any experience patching up a hole in the deck of one of these things? My thought is to cut out the damaged area, screw down a piece of 3/8 plywood over the hole then glue and screw another piece of plywood in the hole. It doesn't seem as if any additional weight from the extra plywood should be a problem.

There's also some damage to the bottom of the refrigerator in the area above where the jack penetrated. The damage is only to the outer side - not through into the food area and the refer works fine. Should I just leave it alone or do I need to repair it? I have no idea how to do that.

Thanks for any ideas/experiences.
If I might make a suggestion don't use a jack to change your trailer tire. Break the lug nuts loose then Use a ramp and pull the good tire up on it till the bad tire is off the ground. Then block the other side so it can't roll. If you take notice FR doesn't supply a jack with any of their trailers.

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If I might make a suggestion don't use a jack to change your trailer tire. Break the lug nuts loose then Use a ramp and pull the good tire up on it till the bad tire is off the ground. Then block the other side so it can't roll. If you take notice FR doesn't supply a jack with any of their trailers.

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Great suggestion if you have 2 axles.

But in this case, what if there is only one? If you can chock the good wheel and lift the bad wheel with a jack under the axle or at the least the frame right next to it. Glad it's not too bad, and your able to fix yourself. Should be pretty easy. Just seal it well and use treated wood.
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