Originally Posted by Slympicins
We have been looking at a Wildcat model but after some research, I found issues with Lippert's pin box main beam failures. After reading the flexing issues above, it's sounds like these folks are slowly experiencing this. Has anyone had this issue with the main beam failure with newer models? Frankly, it has moved us away from looking at any fifth wheels until we can find Lippert has addressed this major issue.
I'm going to jump in here with some information even though I don't think it pertains to the original post. Again, I was assured by my team that the issue the original poster had was NOT associated to a frame or structural problem, but rather a sidewall "over routing" issue that may have been incorrectly repaired causing an unsightly crack along the trim.
Frankly, the "Lippert pin box main beam failures" discussion is something I've read about here on this forum (and on other brands' and manufacturers' forums), but have never seen or heard of directly via my service department on anything we've built since I started at Wildcat in the end of 2009. I'm not in any way saying some people aren't experiencing problems -- but I haven't heard of this on a recent Wildcat, Lippert frame or not. My firsthand experience with frame issues is quite limited and we've built literally thousands of Wildcats since I came to Forest River.
Originally Posted by pbryan
Don't all the new Wildcat's use BAL frames?
Yes. Here are the details:
BAL - Innovative Products for the RV Industry
We are the only fifth wheel manufacturer using this fifth wheel frame across our entire product line, however we are not exclusive. Other products in the industry DO use BAL frames, but not throughout their entire line -- it seems to be floor plan specific.
Originally Posted by BigJohnD
They do now. Not sure when it started, but I think in the 2014's. Maybe earlier but not sure.
All Wildcat eXtraLite models have been using it since the beginning of 2013 (so ALL 2014 models). All other Wildcat models followed suit before the end of 2013, further enhanced by the NXG drop-frame (sometimes called a "Z" frame) chassis. All 2015 product uses the BAL frame. I would have to dig a bit deeper to get an exact unit numbers.
I can say this: since starting with the BAL frames last year, we haven't had a single frame-related complaint from our customer base. But our revisions to the Wildcat build also included standard Dexter axles, MOR/ryde suspension and pin box, thicker T-60 high gloss gel-coat exterior walls, and numerous other enhancements "under the skin" or "behind the scenes" so to speak. This collective group of changes, tested multiple times at the Bosch Proving Grounds
, gives Wildcat a unique build in the entire industry and thus a unique advantage over our competition.