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Old 08-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #111
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The sad part is Lippert makes the frames that most of our RVs are built on and the materials used just look to lite. Just glad no one was hurt, ( this time).
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:08 PM   #112
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Well Lippert is here! They've already taken out the old beam and have set the new beam in place. Not much longer and we'll be back in business! I'll be posting more pics later today. I only hope the pics I've taken can do justice to how messed up eveything was once the main beam was removed and you could see the damage it had caused underneath our bunk house. We may have to have the platform the bottom bunk/jacknife sofa sits on replaced. The guy from Lippert that is doing the repairs said "it looks like we'll be eating this one". You better believe it!
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:18 PM   #113
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is the replacement material the same as the failed material?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #114
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is the replacement material the same as the failed material?
No, it's at least 3 times thicker. I have pics I'll post later.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #115
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No, it's at least 3 times thicker. I have pics I'll post later.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #116
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No, it's at least 3 times thicker. I have pics I'll post later.
I would be greatly surprised if the original were 1/8" web that the new one iss 3/8" web, but could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time.
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Is there any method to check for excessive movement that might indicate a problem without removing the panel?
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:24 PM   #118
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It's finished! And boy is our frame beefed up now! Not only did we get a super chunky main beam, we got crazy thick supports and double gussets!

Here are some pics from today:

Sparks were flying!



Damage to the floor under the bunk house:



New beam waiting to be installed:


Supports:









Gussets:





Nice straight new beam:
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Wow. At least it is fixed although I wonder about all the unfixed ones out there.


Kinda scary
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:50 PM   #120
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With water still getting up there I would consider getting that part of the frame Rhino-lined before the bottom cover goes up.
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