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Old 10-08-2018, 01:56 PM   #1
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Embarrassing: left cabinet door open while closing slideout

Hi Folks,

I'm a brand new owner of a FR Sabre cobalt, 30RLT. Within days of purchasing our new 5th wheel trailer I was loading some things in the kitchen area and then heading home. I had left one cabinet door open (under sink area) and of course wasn't able to see it from the slide out control panel.

My wife and I wanted to head South, but now it seems that our dealer won't be able to even take a look at the damage for 2-3 weeks, and they have forecast that it will be another 3-4 weeks before they can get the parts in. Finally, only when they get the parts will they be able to schedule us into the shop to do the repairs, and that looks like another 2-3 weeks. Worst case, 10 weeks to get the cabinet repaired.

Does anyone know if it's possible to order the parts myself and do the repairs? I have a dear friend who is a finishing carpenter who would help me, so the real issue is just getting the parts. Any thoughts on how I can go about this?

As a side note, the dealer told me that FR will not send parts to me as an owner. Only the dealer can order the parts. Your thoughts on this?

If anyone has some experience with this, I would appreciate your advice. Additionally, if someone has a contact phone or email address for the parts ordering desk that would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Bruce Williams
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:08 PM   #2
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Hi Folks,

I'm a brand new owner of a FR Sabre cobalt, 30RLT. Within days of purchasing our new 5th wheel trailer I was loading some things in the kitchen area and then heading home. I had left one cabinet door open (under sink area) and of course wasn't able to see it from the slide out control panel.

My wife and I wanted to head South, but now it seems that our dealer won't be able to even take a look at the damage for 2-3 weeks, and they have forecast that it will be another 3-4 weeks before they can get the parts in. Finally, only when they get the parts will they be able to schedule us into the shop to do the repairs, and that looks like another 2-3 weeks. Worst case, 10 weeks to get the cabinet repaired.

Does anyone know if it's possible to order the parts myself and do the repairs? I have a dear friend who is a finishing carpenter who would help me, so the real issue is just getting the parts. Any thoughts on how I can go about this?

As a side note, the dealer told me that FR will not send parts to me as an owner. Only the dealer can order the parts. Your thoughts on this?

If anyone has some experience with this, I would appreciate your advice. Additionally, if someone has a contact phone or email address for the parts ordering desk that would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Bruce Williams
I would have have them look at it and order the parts. The enjoy your rv as normal until the parts come in. I know it is hard to look at while you are trying to have fun but what the hell we all make mistakes. That wouldn't keep me from using it.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:23 PM   #3
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If your friend is finish carpenter why not just have him build you a new face, in the picture it looks like the door is not broken.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:48 PM   #4
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Use it! The broken cabinet won’t affect being able to use it. Yeah, you’ll be reminded of what you did every time you look at it, but if that’s the worst that happens, you’re in good shape.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:07 PM   #5
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I would not let that keep me from going on a trip. Just use on less cabinet. Not ideal, but will not spoil your trip.
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Thanks for all the replies today! It was nice to see that nobody beat me up for being a complete dufus! I'm beating myself up enough as it is....
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We have all (well, most all) done something embarrassing and or destructive to our units over the years. Some I will not tell on myself, prefer to suffer in silence. You are more forthcoming than I would be, keep enjoying your Sabre until you get the parts to repair it. I have found that the policy to not sell you parts is not cut in stone. Call FR, talk real nice, see what happens.
Whatever you do don’t leave it at the dealers until he gets around to the job.
BTW your carpenter friend will use “real wood” for the repair.
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Thanks for all the replies today! It was nice to see that nobody beat me up for being a complete dufus! I'm beating myself up enough as it is....
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:43 PM   #9
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We've all made mistakes.
Clean up the mess and head out.
Dont let this little blip stop you.
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That type of damage happens more than you think. You're not alone. If you have a finish carpenter for a friend I would solicit his services for the repairs. It'll get repaired faster, and cheaper than at the dealer, plus you'll get a quality repair with real wood.
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