We have a 2013 Wildcat 327CK fifth wheel. When my husband tried to put a tire cover on the front driver's side wheel, he discovered a bolt that was digging into the tire. We think the bolt is for adjusting the slide. There is a similar bolt on all the slide arms. This bolt & surrounding area is covered with rubber shavings from the tire & the head of the bolt is partially worn down. You can clearly see where it has been wearing away the tire & taking chunks out of the tread. Also noticed the brace that runs front to back the full length of the slide (behind the fender skirts) is separating at the weld. Don't know if the two problems are connected or not. We did have this slide adjusted at the factory shortly after we bought it. I'm surprised they did not notice that this bolt would damage the tire when the slideout is in for travel at that time. Appears to be a major safety issue. Has anyone else had this problem or know of any recall relating to this?
Thanks guys. Here are some pics. My main concern is if anyone else had this problem & if there is or should be a recall. I know Forest River had a problem with getting recall info out to customers & this looks to me to be a serious safety hazard.
There are 4 bolts like this, but this is the only one near a tire. You are correct, cutting it off would solve the immediate problem. But if it's for adjusting the slide, cutting the head off might cause a problem at a later date. Plus there's the issue with the weld on the brace.