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Old 12-12-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Crack Diagonal Below Slideout Sunseeker

I have a Sunseeker 3170, 2013, bought in October 2012 new. This morning, I noticed a diagonal crack in the lower kitchen side of the front slideout. Keep in mind, I just survived three nights in a row of 50+ mph winds. Each time the wind came up, I pulled the slide in. I'm thinking this is a stress crack from the three nights in a row of winds.

Should I get this repaired ASAP? ANy other issues to consider?

I tried to reply to an earlier thread on this same issue, but forum wouldn't allow it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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This may not help but I have the identical crack. I purchased my 2004 FR Flagstaff used in 2012. Private sale, I saw the crack but I was not concerned, seemed to be cosmetic. It has not gotten worse. I have never been concerned enough to retract the slide in high wind, and it has seen its share of plenty. This spring I plan on disassemble and repair myself from the interior. I will post pictures. I'm sure given 2nd or third owner and age of unit FR factory would not talk to me. Wish you luck .


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Old 12-12-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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You can drill a small hole at the terminal point of the crack which will help to prevent it from getting longer. This would be preventative until you can get it fixed or evaluated.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:39 PM   #4
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Good news! I called Forest River and they are going to cover it! I have to drive to an RV repair place 80 miles away, but Forest River is going to cover it! Might take a week or so.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #5
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Has an identiccal crack on previous rig. Kept rig an additional 5 years without issue. I believe yours is a stress crack and nothing to worry about. I rubbed a clear caulk over the crack in case water tried to enter.

Look inside the tube end of your seal. Often a screw is screwed into the seal to keep it from sliding. I had a screw in mine and I believe that is why it cracked. Keep us posted.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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This is common with many Forester/Sunseeker 3170/1.
I experienced mine about a year ago. It seems to be from insufficient weld between the vertical and horizontal aluminum channels that frame the opening of the slide out.
You operating the slide to protect it from the winds probably advanced the failure. The pressure of the slide seals pushing the wall probably broke what little weld was there.
It took 5 months to get my Forester back.

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Old 12-13-2014, 11:12 PM   #7
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Five months? I can't do that!
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It all depends on the dealer. My dealer subbed out some of the work for the repairs so my unit had to wait in line at each stage.
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I plan on doing it myself for reasons stated, 2nd/3rd owner ten years old. I'm carpenter by trade. Now retired. My interior wall moves and flexes vertically, at the base as the slide travels in or out. The exterior fiberglass bows out on travel as does the interior bows in depending on direction of slide travel.I plan on removing interior wall covering (panel sheathing) and installing a wood stud ripped or planed to size, I will screw in place top and bottom then reinstall interior finishes. I'm open for other suggestions, and appreciate any advice. At a dealer I'm afraid the repair would be cost ineffective on a ten year old unit, in otherwise good condition. Thanks.


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Old 12-14-2014, 01:12 PM   #10
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I have an appointment next Thursday at 8:30. I have to drive 80 miles for this, the local RV repair place doesn't do factory warranties. I will have to spend the night somewhere because I don't tow a car with me.
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