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Old 10-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Silverback 29RE forward cargo bay

Is anyone else out there concerned about the durability of the floor in the forward cargo bay. This seemingly poor design and construction seems awfully weak to support much weight other than the spare tire. Any ideas on reinforcement or general "beefing up" to support a portable generator (110 lbs.) Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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Is anyone else out there concerned about the durability of the floor in the forward cargo bay. This seemingly poor design and construction seems awfully weak to support much weight other than the spare tire. Any ideas on reinforcement or general "beefing up" to support a portable generator (110 lbs.) Thanks.

I have a 29rk and with what I carry in there ( tool box - maybe 10 lbs, 50 amp sp, 30 foot power cord, jack pads, tub for extension cords, entry door outside mat, king pin lock, spare tire, 4 wheel chocks) it appears to be able to carry those items without any noticeable flexing.

However, a 110 lb portable generator may cause some problems, I don't know. Perhaps you should cut a 3/4 or 1" piece of plywood to fit inside the bay for the purpose of spreading the load if you do carry a generator.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:56 PM   #3
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I have a 29RE and carry about the same items as B47, the flooring material is a plastic product called Marlex, a very tough and durable plastic. I work for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and actually we make this plastic sheet on are line in Bartlesville, OK. I wouldn't suggest hauling a 110lb generator without reinforcing the area underneath the sheet.

On another subject about your 29RE, have either one of you had any problems with the King pin box area (welds broke and front flexing) and worked on by Forest River? I've had my 2010 29RE taken back to the factory and repaired.
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I have a 29RE and carry about the same items as B47, the flooring material is a plastic product called Marlex, a very tough and durable plastic. I work for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and actually we make this plastic sheet on are line in Bartlesville, OK. I wouldn't suggest hauling a 110lb generator without reinforcing the area underneath the sheet.

On another subject about your 29RE, have either one of you had any problems with the King pin box area (welds broke and front flexing) and worked on by Forest River? I've had my 2010 29RE taken back to the factory and repaired.

I don't do a detailed inspection of my 2012 29rk ( I am guessing that both the 29re and 29rk are the same in this area) king box area, but I am aware that some owners report having this problem.

I do a visual inspection of this area each time I am hooking/unhooking and look for broken paint skin, broken or loose bolts and any other damage and have yet to see any.

One other thing and I don't know if this comes into play here, but I have the standard hitch - no Air Glide or whatever.
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No Air Glide either, standard hitch.

My brother recently spoke with a Silverback owner while working at Lowes who just returned from the Forest River factory with repairs from the pin box flexing issue. Forest River provided him with the Air Glide system and new tires free of charge for his troubles?
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