Originally Posted by Reng8d
Our 2014 344QB is at the dealership, the frame tweaked and bent so now they are looking into. Noticed it Labor Day weekend when we arrived at our site and the living room slide made a horrible pop. It looked liked we were a little twisted so I hooked back up, was able to get a better level on it and it still made a horrible popping sound. Started looking underneath and saw the frame was pretty tweaked. ...
Coincidental to reading this message today (Saturday), I was at the Dallas RV show a couple of days ago (Thursday). I stopped by to say hello to the General Manager of the dealer we bought our last two trailers from (we now have the Wildcat 2016 295RSX). I asked him how the Wildcat sales were going and he said they were doing well except for the 344QB. He said they have had three in for BAL NXG frame repairs where the welds separated. One was so bad that even after repairing the welds, it failed again almost immediately. In that particular case, his dealership bought the unit back and returned it to Forest River. He still has some new 344QB's on the lot and Forest River requested he pull them off inventory to be taken back to the factory where they will be lifted and the entire frame structure will be redone by BAL.
Naturally, I was concerned since my 2016-295rsx is also a BAL NSX frame. He said all of his other Wildcat models seem to be fine and they have had no frame issues with any other model. As an aside, I have towed my 295rsx about 12,000 miles and tires are wearing evenly and when I last checked my underbelly, all seemed OK. Excessive uneven tire ware is one of the usual first symptoms seen with frame mis-alignment or failures.
To have three (3) failures on one model at one dealer is something he hasn't ever seen before. Apparently the 344QB design is faulty and his information was that both Forest River and BAL have acknowledged same.
Having said all this, let me just temper it with one grain of salt. This was an RV show and I was talking to someone who would benefit if I panicked and decided to trade-off my trailer. Keep that in mind and use this info however you like.