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Old 04-10-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Rusty bolts

Gotta love a couple of years after you bought a trailer you spot a mistake by the manufacture crew. Really, do you keep galvanized and regular bolts in the same drawer?
Besides removing and replacing this bolt with a 30 cent bolt, any suggestions on what to look for? Use caulking when putting the new bolt in? This is a bolt for the latch on the front fold out bed of a Roo
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:11 AM   #2
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It's the only one all the way around. So I guess I can forgive that


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Gotta love a couple of years after you bought a trailer you spot a mistake by the manufacture crew. Really, do you keep galvanized and regular bolts in the same drawer?
Besides removing and replacing this bolt with a 30 cent bolt, any suggestions on what to look for? Use caulking when putting the new bolt in? This is a bolt for the latch on the front fold out bed of a Roo
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Yes make sure you caulk the bolt hole. I would loosen all 3 up and also get some new caulk under the hinge itself. If you have caulk tape even better.
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I used to work for one of the largest nut & bolt suppliers in the U.S. Many times I have opened a box of bolts/nuts/screws/etc. and found one or two fasteners that had not been coated. An assembly line person would just reach into a bin for the particular fastener used at his/her location and put it into place. RV assembly lines are much like auto assembly lines: Keep 'em moving, fix 'em later.
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I hate the new money hungry industry. Whatever happened to quality parts?
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I hate the new money hungry industry. Whatever happened to quality parts?
What Thurman said is and has been the norm for well over 50 years or more. Hardware is machine made and even machines mess up once in a while. I take it you never mess up or make a mistake?
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A little harsh Old Coot....
Maybe it is the frustration of dealing with an idustry that DOES have a poor QC image when compared to similar industries. I assume you have a clue about this.
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A little harsh Old Coot....
Maybe it is the frustration of dealing with an idustry that DOES have a poor QC image when compared to similar industries. I assume you have a clue about this.
Not harsh, just a fact of life.
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What Thurman said is and has been the norm for well over 50 years or more. Hardware is machine made and even machines mess up once in a while. I take it you never mess up or make a mistake?
Not harsh, this is true. I respect that!

I'm not trying to dis the easy mistake a man can make or even machine these days. I can understand this is a simple mistake. And if this were one of only a few "mistakes", then it too would be just laughed at. But when you have a growing list of simple mistakes, those forgivable and blow off mistakes start to eat at you a little more. Then a consumer starts to think these mistakes are more a disregard to product quality.

For example,
1. rusty screw
2. missing stove grommets
3. fridge door not screwed in and falling off
4. bathroom door not adjusted properly and rubbing at time of purchase
5. speaker wires crossed, outside is inside and inside setting is outside.
6. weather trimming for bunk end not properly attached, water molding on cavas
7. one of trailer stabilizers loose. again screws not tightened
8. awning falling off, again screw not tightened all the way (this one you helped me with, Many thanks again!! )
9. Bunk doors night lined up evenly, water easily getting in on one side of seal.
10. tongue lift bolts crooked and barely hanging on. (dangerous)
11. Water filter mounted improperly, Had to move it out an inch or so to make it easy to access.
12. the TV wasn't even properly mounted.
13. Arm rest guard broken. un-repaired prior to walk through.
14. slide-out eternabond not covering all needed areas causing leaks.
15. slide-out seals caulked on both side, ripped the seal competently off and it was stuck to the trailer body. no one noticed till I got on the roof.

Add this list to the similar list I had when buying my first pup 8 years ago.

All of which is not just one persons fault. It's the manufacturer, the dealer, and the many people who were in the trailer prior to me buying it. You find a few of these items and you just mumble under your breath and blow it off.

I'm also not trying to point our Forest River. I really like their products. I think they are better than most. This issue is across the board from RV's to cars to appliances....

Sorry, this rant goes on and on, but I was just trying to defend my reason for venting on the forum
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