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Old 09-16-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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CC 38RD Belly panels

Anyone have problems with the belly panels?

Had 2 drop out while driving along I-90 in Wyoming. Just another problem in an ever growing list of problems on our 8 month old 5th wheel.
Insulation all blew out and panels damaged.
Called Coach-Net for help - and once again they were no help. After calling them and waiting 2 hours I called back and they said they couldn't find anyone to help me. Finished pulling the 2 panels completely off and zip-tied the hanging wires - then drove the 20 miles to Sheridan, WY safely. Will jury rig the panels until we can get back home.
I'm sorry but if there is any pride of workmanship at Cedar Creek - they skipped over our unit!
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:37 AM   #2
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Been there and done the same. Last fall some where in OK. The front 2 panels dropped down on one side. Got pulled over and used cargo straps to hold things together until we got to RGV. Got no help from any of the several roadside protection plans I was carrying.


Used 2 1/4 x 1/4 angle iron to hold in place for the trip home. That was our third trip south with this rig.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:51 AM   #3
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Been there and done the same. Last fall some where in OK. The front 2 panels dropped down on one side. Got pulled over and used cargo straps to hold things together until we got to RGV. Got no help from any of the several roadside protection plans I was carrying.


Used 2 1/4 x 1/4 angle iron to hold in place for the trip home. That was our third trip south with this rig.

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Joe - exact same thing for us, front 2 panels dropped down on one side. Wish I had brought my straps but I didn't. Going to get a few more 1x3 boards to go across the frame and screw every thing to them and duct tape all the seams. Still got about a month and 1500+ miles till we get back home.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:06 PM   #5
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Sounds like the panels are not screwed to the cross wood 1X2's or the screws have worked their way out. The panels are wide enough to not fall out when flat ... when they aren't screwed into the wood, they bow down and their efective width decreases ... they fall out. Make sure the wood is in place under the metal angle screwed to the frame over the belly pan joints and make sure the panels have a half dozen screws along the width into the wood at each seam.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:12 PM   #6
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We lost the panel that sits above the axles while driving through Louisiana. Forest River wanted $600 to freight a replacement. Using Gorilla duct tape I secured a tarp to cover the opening. It's been holding for over a year now.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:32 PM   #7
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The no help road side plans were from Good Sam and State farm.
What 1x3 boards? Never seen any.
Careful with the screws as where we put one of the angle irons was up tight against a tank. put the v side up and into a down grove on the panel. Made a real tight fit.
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I knew there was a reason I do not have belly panels..... Thanks for confirming that.......

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Old 09-17-2015, 08:34 PM   #9
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Yes but then you do not have a warm belly either?
The reason for the belly pans is to enclose so it will keep the heat in, and there is a lot of insulation above the pans, tes it is one more thing to go wrong, but it is also one more thing to make it fell more like home. Mine has them also, and yes i have had to fix mine, BUT not because of anything FR did or not did, it was because i needed to replace the sewer valve, and while in there i noticed the mice and made a house so to took all the pans out and redid the who;e belly. (My coach is on a seasonal site so mice are an issue)So to everyone out there it is not just a FR issue it is all coaches with heated bellies, you need to be aware of them being there and also keep an eye on them for dropping (drooping)
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Never had a RV in 30 years that had belly panels so I couldn't tell you how good or bad they can be. I just like the idea of being able to see & inspect everything. Have not had a problem being cold but we do not camp below freezing much either.


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