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Old 06-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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2006 wildcat with bent frame and cracks on the pin

i have a 2006 31 ft WildCat with slide that we took out June 17, 2011, no issues noticed until husband unhooked trailer and noticed the tongue was a angle, upon further inspection he saw cracks in the seams of frame work around trailer tongue.

He then took off panelling underneath and WT? more tearing in the metal frame
are you kidding , had we continued to tow trailer we could killed someone, or ourselves had that trailer tongue ripped off during transport !!!!

Trailer bought at Schwabs RV in Leduc , Alberta, hopefully a good solution can be worked out with dealer and forest river

P.S. i love the power of media, and i think it will work out , fingers crossed
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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Quick question ...did you buy this used or new? Have you contacted the frame manufacturer? Thanks and safe travels...
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #3
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Quick question ...did you buy this used or new? Have you contacted the frame manufacturer? Thanks and safe travels...
yes brand new, my husband contacted Transport Canada since it was bought in US and exported to Canada he found out that once Forest River exported it they are certifying it safe that it meets all required safety standards regardless if frame was built elsewhere .....so Forest River thankfully has had a change of heart and has told us they will pay for all repairs to frame and the interior damage !! yaaaaaaa!!
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We would greatly appreciate If you feel we have helped you would you please post the positive outcome so everyone can see that proper efforts were made for you? We appreciate the opportunity to help and appreciate your business.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:01 PM   #5
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monz,

tinyphil reported the same problem with his 2007 Wildcat here, six months ago:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...rame-9307.html

It does not appear that Forest River or Lippert have done anything but make the stock "out of warranty" denial to tinyphil for such major hidden defects. His last post in that thread was dated November 2010. Perhaps Forest River will contact him now, resolve his frame issue and get him back to tell us about it.

All RV manufacturers produce lemons, and it appears tinyphil had one of those. That is one of the risks we take in buying RV's. Major hidden structural defects of the sort you and tinyphil mention, however, pose a whole other category of risk - a direct and immediate threat of major injury, and even fatality, in avoidable vehicle accidents while towing.

This is definitely something to bring to the attention of government regulators, as well as lawyering up. An RV manufacturer's failure to resolve life-threatening hidden frame defects would be unforgiveable, so Forest River's resolution of your problem, given tinyphil's very similar report, has headed off what would otherwise be an unmitigated public relations disaster for them.

These sorts of hidden frame issues are very dangerous to buyers, as well as threatening the total loss of their investment. A manufacturer's refusal to redress hidden structural defects is clear and convincing evidence concerning its willingness to redress other defect issues, and the manufacturer's institutional culture overall.

Forest River did the right thing with you. I'd like to hear from tinyphil soon.
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