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Old 06-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #11
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Thank you onetonford for the link.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #12
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Just finished reading the above link that onetonford supplied.The pictures are informative as to how the trailer skeleton is put together. And the task of removing the MB interior. At the moment the only thing coming to mind is holy **** this is going to be a bit of a task to make right.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #13
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Have the trailer in the shop today. Service manager and myself watched as the trailer was tested for unusual movement in the pin box area. Test really did not reflect in my opinion the real world movements and at the end he said he felt the movement was normal. He also pointed out we have no stress cracks appearing in the fiberglass to show a problem nor do we have our interior being damaged...at this point. I however disagreed in a polite way and we are now going to pull the under belly panel off and start there to inspect the frame. So a few more days to wait and see.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #14
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Not sure if I should post here or start my own thread and 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, 07:05 PM   #15
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Well we hit a small snag with our trailer, dropped it off June 18 in a heck of a rain storm.
As our luck goes said rain showers persisted and June 20 at 5:30 pm the whole town was evaced grab and get out. Close to 14,000 people are out, some close to 5000 returned in the last 48 hrs to clean and rebuild. More are expected to return in the next few days. We live in the hardest hit area and are 3 to 5 maybe 7 weeks from returning to what is left of our house. Now it is all Politics......Trailer did well as the dealership was on the highest ground in the area. And is out of our reach until we are aloud back in. Anyway long story short we are going to have the skin pulled and have a look so when this happens ? I will post the best pics I can for reference. Can't do much from my I phone so when things get squared I will try to carry on with the tread...to all, safe camping and check the rig.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #16
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Hitch Box Repair Info

I went through the entire hitch box repair 3 years ago on our 2007 Wildcat 28RKBS. I am pretty handy and repaired some of it myself but didn't feel comfortable with the initial frame repair. I removed the cover under the front bedroom and opened everything up so I could see all damage. I paid a local welder to put everything back where it was supposed to be by a combination of hitching, unhitching, using the weight of the truck against the frame hydraulics as well as pulling frame members in place with a come-a-long. No, didn't damage the hydraulics.
His repair consisted of welding 2 triangular pieces (4 total)on both sides of the pin box frame attachment and patching the torn frame welds with reinforcements. After I got it home, I welded 2 box steel stiffeners in between the forward most beams that run the width of the camper frame. This helps prevent excessive twisting in the frame which I feel caused the damage in the first place. This repair did add about 68 lbs to the front of the camper.
I Installed two small keyed hatches on both sides of the pin box so I can inspect things every time I feel like it. So far, so good and 2 years and thousands of miles.
I was lucky and bought the camper knowing about the damage. I saw something suspicious, researched problems and confronted the seller about the damage. He sheepishly admitted to damage and the price went way down.
I did have pictures of all this but lost my hard drive last year w/o sufficient backup- ug! I can still send some pics but everything is pretty much covered up now. any questions? Just send a reply and ask. I will tell all I know.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #17
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Good job done. I like the two inspection boxes. You never know!
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