376 BHOK Problems
We too had many of the same issues you all have expressed. It is weird because our friends bought a brand new RV as well and had one issue compared to our 10 or 15 in the past year. Our current issue is the reason for my writing. Has anyone had any problems with the brake line or propane line? My story so far is as follows:
We took our RV into Camping World for yet again another leak--this time in the back tank on the outside of the RV. During inspection, Camping World noticed that one of our axle's brake lines had been severed by the U bolt for the axle. The tech also noticed that the U bolt was hitting the pipe for the propane line. Both items have been fixed out of safety and necessity but now Forrest River is refusing to pay stating that we are overweight. We move our RV from Thousand Trails campsites every three weeks and weigh it at a state scale. To our knowledge we were not over weight. Camping World informed us that the cause was due to the axle, the tire, the springs, and the hub are all underrated for the weight of our trailer. They said it should have never left the factory with this size axle. They explained it like this, our trailers dry weight is 12,513 + 1,603 for carrying capacity. Our axle is rated at 6,000 but they thought our hub was rated for 5,200. If we go by the axle, we have 12,000 which means we are supposed to have 2,116 on our hitch. Camping world said that is OK but it is maxing out our pin weight if that is even the case and is an eventual safety concern. However, if we go by the hub weight, we are at 10,400 which means the pin weight would be over max at 3,716. Camping World made the comment that at that weight, we should be hauling with a semi which is not necessary or needed for the weight of our RV. They also commented that inside our rig must feel like an earth quake of 10.0. This would cause the life of this RV to sink fast which I think is the reason for many of our problems. We are still not done with the underrating though. Our springs are also a problem and a major reason for the 10.0. We only have 4. Yes, I said 4. Looking at other RV's in the area, that is a huge difference compared to their 6 for similar sized trailers. Take the Sabre for example, a cousin of Forest River, the model 36QBOK-7. This model's dry weight is less than ours (11,416) but they have 8 lug hubs, 6 springs, and I am assuming their axle is appropriate. They have a carrying capacity of 3,200, twice that of our model! I hate to think what would happen if we utilized the storage and features of our model, like a washer and dryer. We don't have the weight to be able to use this.
Sorry for the long story still in the making. Has anyone else had or noticed these issues? If so, how did your story end?