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Old 06-30-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Help! Metal sheered off our hitch/pin box? (pic included!)

Please forgive me as I don't know all the terms and parts of my 5th wheel despite owning it for 7 years.

On Friday as we were pulling our camper (2007? Wildcat) to our favorite campground where we have a site booked till the middle of August we noticed that the camper was getting closer and closer to the bed of our truck (F350 dually). When we finally pulled into our site our camper was actually rubbing on the truck and we have a nice big gouge in the rubber of our bed protector. We got it all set and unhitched and OMG! what we found was horrifying! Keep in mind we had our 3 children (ages 4, 10, and 15 and our 2 dogs) with us. I am so glad we are all here alive and well as this could have been bad.

Without further ado here's the pic (someone will have to help me out with terminology) of the hitch box?:


You can see the metal has sheered right off. Now what? Who is responsible for this? We can't even pull this out of our site now. I will contact Forest River tomorrow (Monday) and pray that they can help us.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Wow! Glad you didn't lose the trailer or get hurt.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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That is really scary. I'm going to look at those welds periodically-would have never thought of that happening.
Glad you are all Ok and coach is not in a heap somewhere.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Please forgive me as I don't know all the terms and parts of my 5th wheel despite owning it for 7 years.

On Friday as we were pulling our camper (2007? Wildcat) to our favorite campground where we have a site booked till the middle of August we noticed that the camper was getting closer and closer to the bed of our truck (F350 dually). When we finally pulled into our site our camper was actually rubbing on the truck and we have a nice big gouge in the rubber of our bed protector. We got it all set and unhitched and OMG! what we found was horrifying! Keep in mind we had our 3 children (ages 4, 10, and 15 and our 2 dogs) with us. I am so glad we are all here alive and well as this could have been bad.

Without further ado here's the pic (someone will have to help me out with terminology) of the hitch box?:


You can see the metal has sheered right off. Now what? Who is responsible for this? We can't even pull this out of our site now. I will contact Forest River tomorrow (Monday) and pray that they can help us.
I can't imagine a warranty on a 2007 camper, despite the criticality of the issue. You will probably have to disassemble the area and get a mobile welder out to do a repair, maybe.

Be carefull out there
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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Here's some more pics:

Hitch tilted up (should be parallel to the ground:


Close ups of the metal:



Damage to the truck (thank god that's it!):

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Old 06-30-2013, 06:40 PM   #6
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I got to say...you got off LIGHT with your damages considering the horror that could have happened if things got loose on the highway...good luck with factory on this & keep us posted!
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:42 PM   #7
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I just saw your post along with mine,as well as this one. This just plain scares the **** out of me. You were very lucky. This is what I am hopefully trying to avoid. Glad you are all right.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #8
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Unfortunately, this is clear proof of how poorly the frames on the newer campers are now constructed. This type of failure should never happen, and is the direct result of negligent engineering.
Sadly, you are far from being alone with this issue.
Sadder yet, you will need to get a mobile repair dude out, as you definitely cannot move it, as you have already concluded.
And the manufacturer will do absolutely nothing for you, so no use wasting your time there.
Yet another wakeup call for everyone to keep an eye on their pinbox frames. With the roads as rough as they are, this failure will only get more and more common.
Good luck.
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Wow. Your frame is prolly manufactured by LCI (Lippert Industries Inc.) They are notorious in having frame\weld failures on fifth wheel trailers. Do a search and you'll be astonished the results. Forest River will doubtfully be of any help. LCI MIGHT if you address your conversation with them in a firm and legal tone making mention more than once of personal safety involved and the catastrophic failure. Email pics. I have a gut feeling tho that due to the age of the unit, you might be on the hook for the majority of the repair bill. It's worth asking if they will goodwill some of the cost. Good luck.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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your issue is with the frame manufacturer at this point.
i know my HTT's frame had at least a 5 year warranty, maybe 6.
not sure what 5th wheels have.

but if you're not the original owner, you got nothing!
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