Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-11-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 10
Newbie with possible structural issue.

Greetings,

I just purchased a 2013 Sierra Select 28RE. While routing the water line under the unit, I found the following issue:

Just in front of the front axle, there is a length of angle iron that runs from one side of the unit to the other (parallel to the axle.) Just in front of this piece about three feet away is another piece of angle that runs the same direction. Connecting these two braces are three pieces of angle iron that are only welded on one end. At first I assumed that the welds had broken, but there is no weld material present on the unwelded end. At this point, I am trying to figure out how something like this was missed at the factory? I am also going to ask the dealer why they didn't find it either (given that they supposidly did a THOROUGH inspection before selling it to me.

I simply cannot imagine why this would be designed this way, but I thought that I would ask here first.

Thanks.
__________________

vetplus40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2018, 11:33 PM   #2
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 18,774
Any chance you have pics?
__________________

__________________
2018 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling a 2017 Spartan 1245 by Prime Time
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2018, 11:47 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 10
I cant upload pic from work and have no internet at campsite. I will see if I can upload some from someplace that has wifi.

I think that these braces simply add support to what I would call the floor joists in a conventional home. There are only three of them and they are thin gauge metal. As such, they cant do much.

If they left the factory unwelded, and were supposed to be welded, that speaks poorly of FR's quality control. That, and the dealer that sold it to me didn't do a great inspection either.
vetplus40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 04:12 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
cavie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Posts: 4,084
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetplus40 View Post
I cant upload pic from work and have no internet at campsite. I will see if I can upload some from someplace that has wifi.

I think that these braces simply add support to what I would call the floor joists in a conventional home. There are only three of them and they are thin gauge metal. As such, they cant do much.

If they left the factory unwelded, and were supposed to be welded, that speaks poorly of FR's quality control. That, and the dealer that sold it to me didn't do a great inspection either.

Don't shoot the messenger. The dealer is not responsible for inspecting the manufactures design or structural workmanship. That is the responsibility of the manufacturer QC. QC rarely exist it the RV industry. The dealer would be responsible for visible cosmetic and all mechanical workings. Send pictures to the dealer and I'm sure he will get it taken care of.
__________________
2011 Keystone Sprinter 323BHS
Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Retired Master Electrician.

I know you believe that you understand what you think I said but I'm sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant
cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 04:36 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavie View Post
Don't shoot the messenger. The dealer is not responsible for inspecting the manufactures design or structural workmanship. That is the responsibility of the manufacturer QC. QC rarely exist it the RV industry. The dealer would be responsible for visible cosmetic and all mechanical workings. Send pictures to the dealer and I'm sure he will get it taken care of.
I agree to a point. However, the dealer said that they would do a three day inspection and check everything. After having it delivered two days ago, I have found a water heater drain plug installed only finger tight (which resulted in a water leak, a leak somewhere in the grey tank and this missing weld issue. For a "newbie", I am not exactly off to a good start.

I have read many complaints about lacking "QC" in the RV industry. It seems as though some manufacturers would "step up their game" and fix that issue.
vetplus40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 04:37 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Oaklevel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 5,072
Welcome to the Forum.......

Don't shoot me either but you have a 5-6 year old trailer (2013?) and if this truly is a problem major issues would probably have shown up by now unless the previous owner never used it. Not saying that it should not be fixed but with out pictures it is hard to second guess.


__________________

2005 Dodge 3500 Cummins
2017 Wildwood Lodge 4092 BFL
1966 Mustang GT
1986 Mustang SVO
Lillie Spoiled Rotten Boxer Mix
Oaklevel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 04:45 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
cavie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Posts: 4,084
I didn't pick up on the year. Would you expect a used car dealer to be responsible for structural manufacturer defects on a 5-year-old car? You can forget about the dealer taking care of the welds. Take it to a welding shop. He may be nice and fix the leaks. It's pretty much an "AS IS" situation.
__________________
2011 Keystone Sprinter 323BHS
Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Retired Master Electrician.

I know you believe that you understand what you think I said but I'm sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant
cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 05:09 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oaklevel View Post
Welcome to the Forum.......

Don't shoot me either but you have a 5-6 year old trailer (2013?) and if this truly is a problem major issues would probably have shown up by now unless the previous owner never used it. Not saying that it should not be fixed but with out pictures it is hard to second guess.

I promise not to shoot........... and I do appreciate the replies. I am just a bit "green" and out of my comfort zone............
vetplus40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 05:17 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavie View Post
I didn't pick up on the year. Would you expect a used car dealer to be responsible for structural manufacturer defects on a 5-year-old car? You can forget about the dealer taking care of the welds. Take it to a welding shop. He may be nice and fix the leaks. It's pretty much an "AS IS" situation.
I can get the braces welded and would not have posted had there been signs of broken welds. Because I found no previous welds, I was unsure as to what I was looking at. I never imagined something like this being missed at the factory. Obviously, my expectation of RV manufacturing workmanship was unrealistic.
vetplus40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 05:50 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
cavie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Posts: 4,084
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetplus40 View Post
I can get the braces welded and would not have posted had there been signs of broken welds. Because I found no previous welds, I was unsure as to what I was looking at. I never imagined something like this being missed at the factory. Obviously, my expectation of RV manufacturing workmanship was unrealistic.
Yeper!
__________________

__________________
2011 Keystone Sprinter 323BHS
Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale Ma
Retired Master Electrician.

I know you believe that you understand what you think I said but I'm sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant
cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
newbie

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.