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Old 08-04-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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Just wanted to report that our stairs are starting to hang lower on the left than the right when retracted or extended (see pic 1). It has been slowly getting worse over time. I finally crawled under to see that the frame where the left side of the stairs was attached seems to be bending down (see pic 2)

Our rig is beyond the 1 year bumper to bumper warranty. I contacted the service department at FR and said I felt this was a safety issue and asked what FR would do about it. Much to my surprise, they said to take it back to the dealer and FR would pay for the repair!

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Old 08-04-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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2015 FR3 30DS Here...

Just wanted to report that our stairs are starting to hang lower on the left than the right when retracted or extended (see pic 1). It has been slowly getting worse over time. I finally crawled under to see that the frame where the left side of the stairs was attached seems to be bending down (see pic 2)

Our rig is beyond the 1 year bumper to bumper warranty. I contacted the service department at FR and said I felt this was a safety issue and asked what FR would do about it. Much to my surprise, they said to take it back to the dealer and FR would pay for the repair!

http://www.forestriverinc.com/ContactUs.aspxService
WOW!! That's quite a bend. Looks like a gusset is in order to give that area some strength. But, the more I look at pic #2, it looks like they had some kind of a gusset on the side frame attached to the lip. Probably some shoddy welding there. I'll be keeping a watchful eyes on ours.
Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:55 PM   #3
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I had exactly the same failure. My vehicle had previously been to a show so I blamed all the heavy people going in and out. The dealer welded the broken "L" shape back in place. However, a few month later, the weld gave way. I took a length of bed rail and put it on top of the existing mounting bracket (~11") to more than double the material there and to distribute the weight across that bracket. So far, so good but who knows. As with many things in this coach, I refer to it as "An insufficient design". The point that fails gets over 500 ft-lbs of torque on 1/8" bent steel. I'm 6'3" and over 200lbs.
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I had exactly the same failure. My vehicle had previously been to a show so I blamed all the heavy people going in and out. The dealer welded the broken "L" shape back in place. However, a few month later, the weld gave way. I took a length of bed rail and put it on top of the existing mounting bracket (~11") to more than double the material there and to distribute the weight across that bracket. So far, so good but who knows. As with many things in this coach, I refer to it as "An insufficient design". The point that fails gets over 500 ft-lbs of torque on 1/8" bent steel. I'm 6'3" and over 200lbs.
I'm over 200# as well. I think the natural tendency is to exit the coach on the right side of the stairs to avoid hitting the door. I'm guessing it gets more use than the left side when exiting. A steel plate and/or perhaps more bolts should fix the problem. Called my dealer - no appts for almost 2 months.
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Hey kadiddle, peteanded. On another subject. Looks like we are all about the same size and weight. Have either of you been up on the roof of your coach?
I'm a little leery. I'm 6'3", 240.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:42 PM   #6
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Hey kadiddle, peteanded. On another subject. Looks like we are all about the same size and weight. Have either of you been up on the roof of your coach?
I'm a little leery. I'm 6'3", 240.
Yes, several times. The ladder is a little wobbly, but I'm not afraid of it and the roof seems quite stable. Careful of the edges! Also, the first step up and last one down is quite a distance from the ground - you might want to start going up the RV ladder from a stepladder.
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Truth be told my "over 200" is around 240. Yes, I go up on the roof. The FR3 ladder is closer to the body than my previous coach hence less movement. Other than having less space for my size 13 feet, it's more stable. Be careful not to twist your feet with weight on when on the roof. I live in the northeast and go on the roof every winter storm to clear. After one winter, I can see some footsteps in the roof. Covers never worked for me.

Also agree with the comment that we all put our weight on the left corner of the stairs (facing coach from outside) to avoid the door. Hence, that's the side that is seeming to fail. Curious if there are to be many FR3 owners with this stair failure mode such that maybe there will be a safety recall.
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Ours is not of the best quality either so I put a couple of these under the last step when we get to camp.
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Thanks for the input guys. When I've washed the coach in the past I had a neighbor teen that would go on the roof for the wash. The family has moved so now I guess I'll trek up and do it myself. ��
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Ours is not of the best quality either so I put a couple of these under the last step when ........
We, after spending the kind of money we've spent on our coaches, should not have to tolerate having to support our steps when deployed. Our any other kind of work arounds due to poor design, quality, or workmanship. Just saying...........
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