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Old 10-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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2014 36CKTS front side skirts let go

This happened to our new 36CKTS so I thought I would pass it along. On each side, near the front of the trailer, there are aluminum skirts that wrap under to cover the frame. Well, after a couple of trips of maybe 1000 miles or so, both sides let go where they're fastened at the frame. I had to re-attach them using large washers because the original small headed bolts/screws pulled through. I also used slightly larger screws, and more of them. When the right side one let go, it also cracked the bezel that surrounds the step so the dealer is going to replace that part under warranty. I could have taken the rig in to get that work done, but I'd rather do it myself on my own time and not have the thing tied up in the shop.
I am curious if this has happened to anyone else.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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I had the same problem on my 2013 36CKTS on the driver side.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Interesting. The drivers side was the first to let go on mine too. Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:36 PM   #4
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No issues here, but when I was in Middlebury, IN yesterday, I drove through the Coachman 5er lot and saw a brand new one with this problem.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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I was given a heads up on my one month old 2012 at an owners club rally. By the time I returned to a place where I could fix it, the rear screw had already torn the aluminum where it mounts to the frame.
I put one of the screws pictured below every 18" on both sides. I also put a screw through the side of the step plug to secure it. On the ODS, I replaced the screws at the rear of the panel by the waste pipe with pop rivets and a piece of aluminum backer to make it a triple thickness. I have driven over 10000mi since the repair and no problem. For those scoring at home I know of 3 other '12's and 13's with this problem. The only way not to have this problem is to leave it parked. It was suggested to the folks in Shipshe that a few more screws would be helpful...
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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Hey Ducky,

Thanks for the post. Those screws pictured are the exact ones I used. I am a traveler, and I put close to 80,000 miles on my 2008 Keystone Lerado before I upgraded. I am very interested to hear from the other "travelers" what other issues will crop up if these rigs are used to their full potential. I appreciate your post. This is the only real issue I've encountered so far.

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Old 11-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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Murray,

We have a 2013 36CKTS Touring Edition with just over 8K miles on it and have had numerous issues. I'm hoping it's just my unit and not the general rule. Some of the problems are not necessarily Forrest River's fault and I will say they have been very good about responding to my problems. None the less, there have been problems.

Some are listed below:
Wiring problems with the level up system, the Satellite/TV cabling and the TV sound bar.
-One dining room chair was not assembled properly and was replaced
-The Day/Night shade in the dinning area broke in the first week was replaced
-The refrigerator RM 1350 would not operate properly and needed a visit from the Dometic Rep
-One refrigerator door was misaligned and required repair
-The black water clean out line was left disconnected from the anti-siphon valve
-All of the glass doors on the overhead cabinets had their hinges pulled out by the spring closures and required epoxy to secure the screw seats
-The upper half of the toilet came loose and leaked. It required repair
-The wireless receiver module for the remote that controls the awning, outside light and leveling jacks failed and required replacement
-The grey water galley tank can not be emptied and has an obstruction at the valve
-The main awning has become misaligned and will not close properly
-The overhead ceiling material is separating from the ceiling panels where the bands hold the panels together.

As I write, the unit is currently at the dealership having these last three items repaired. There are other items that were or have gone wrong since we picked up the unit in August of last year. I will be happy to share issues those with you as well. Just PM me.

I have owned three fifth wheels and this is the most problematic of the group. I expected some issues just because of the complexity of the systems, but this is probably a little over the top. Luckily none have been safety related and I hope that continues. Some I have been able to resolve myself.

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Old 11-06-2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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Any pictures of what this looks like underneath? Has me concerned that I should go out and climb under to take a look see...
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I had that problem last summer on both sides of mine. I paid a visit to Lowe's and bought several packs of neoprene and galvanized steel fender washers. I spent a 1/2 hour unscrewing the self tapping screws and adding the washers. 1000 miles later, no problemo. I shake my head and wonder WTF is CC thinking when they do an install as such. We can't be the first owners to have that problem and I bet plenty have been fixed under warranty. Let's see.....mine was made in 2009 for a 2010 model year and here we have the same problems 3 years later. Unbelievable.
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Any pictures of what this looks like underneath? Has me concerned that I should go out and climb under to take a look see...
Really nothing to take a pic of unless it's hanging down or you see the skirt flapping in your side view mirrors. The easiest to see indicator is the red and blue low point drains suddenly disappear behind the skirt. Otherwise, you need to lay eyes on it. I suggest you start at the steps. That's the first one to give out.
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