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Old 09-12-2015, 12:41 PM   #11
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If the dealer installed the bike rack (at his suggestion) you have him by the well you know.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #12
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My 2015 Micro Lite 23FB has a sticker right on the bumper that says "NOTICE Addition of any NON-FACTORY INSTALLED components to bumper assembly is prohibited and may void chassis warranty"
Dealer installed is not factory installed. Sounds like you authorized your dealer to void your warranty. The dealer should have advised you to not do it. I think any recourse should be from the dealer (which ain't gonna happen) I don't think Forest River is going to step up to help.
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1st.Evereddi. They do use cheap materials.
2nd. poka. If the dealer talked him into purchasing the bike rack and having them install it the dealer is at fault. If the OP bought it and said install this then he is at fault.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:13 PM   #14
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I would need to agree, it is not a FR problem. The fact is people want to pull a 42' TT with their Prius.. FR, like all the other makers, fit the market. We loved our Rockwood 2306 when we had it. It fit what we needed, a trailer towable by our Trailblazer.

I will agree they do seem to cut corners where ever they can, all the makers do this. They save $5 by cheaping on the welds on the bumper (IMO not a good thing) and over the course of 100,000 RV saved themselves $500,000. They used the $35 "china bombs" instead of the $100 Maxxis and saved themselves $650,000 on those same 100,000 trailers.. It is again, them fitting the market and, well, making a buck.

If I were you, I am not, I would be at the dealership making them pay for everything, after all they are the ones that said it was OK to ignore the sticker saying nothing on the bumper and fed you a load of BS to sell you most likely an over priced bolt on hitch. The dealer does not care about you, once they made the sale it is all just added to their commission.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:13 PM   #15
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My wife and I bought a new Micro Lite 23FB last year. She broke her ankle in two place this spring so we couldn't use it much after her surgery. I am a cyclist, own one road bike and two mountain bikes. When we bought the trailer the dealer sold me a bolt-on receiver for my bike rack, and they bolted it onto the bumper. On our third trip this year on Labor Day weekend, we pulled into our NFS campsite and found that the welds joining the bumper to the frame were both fractured and on the bike rack side, the absurdly thin tubing wall had torn. I took the single mountain bike and the bike rack off as well as the spare tire. The dealer's reaction? "You should never have had the bike rack on there in the first place." Is that in the useless owner's manual? No. Why did you sell me the bolt-on receiver? "Stop trying to blame us for what you did." Their recommendation is to have some friend of his fabricate a receiver and weld it to the frame, for $650. I told him no thanks. So, we get to pay to have the cheap cheesy bumper repaired. And it was all of one month out of warranty.

The quality of materials used is just absurd. Forest River could double the thickness of the tube only add 20-25 pounds to the total weight. And 15 minutes of searching on the internet revealed multiple options to the $650 receiver by good manufacturers for less than 1/3 that price. Yes, I will have to pay someone to weld it on, but that won't cost anywhere near $450.
I see that you have just made your first Post, So all this you should have asked us means nothing, I had 2 FR TT before I ever knew about this forum. I would have taken the dealers advice also, even through he should have known better. But you didn't know. It's really on the dealer, but I could feel your frustration with FR. Yes they use cheap frames for weight and profit. I would go back to the dealer and have him make the repairs. The whole RV world doesn't know about this forum. Yes it has been posted but how would you know. Don't beat yourself up and go back to the dealer on the problem they knew better and now they should repair it. And by the way welcome to the forum and good luck with your dealer.Also sorry to hear about your wife that can't be fun at all on top of all this...
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The only thing I put on my bumper is stickers. Not too much to lose if they fall off. Bikes go on the front truck receiver where I can see them. Yes, I know some states have laws concerning this so I avoid those states.




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Buy a Torklift dual receiver and put your bikes on the back of your tow vehicle.

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I may be wrong but I think one should check with their WD maker to make sure those double hitches are OK. I think I remember recently reading a discussion about the stress that they put on the WD hitches not intended to be on them. I am sure they are made but I also have not seen to many rated beyond a few thousands lbs (4,000 maybe).
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I may be wrong but I think one should check with their WD maker to make sure those double hitches are OK. I think I remember recently reading a discussion about the stress that they put on the WD hitches not intended to be on them. I am sure they are made but I also have not seen to many rated beyond a few thousands lbs (4,000 maybe).
Here's their lightest duty hitch. They have much heavier duty versions of this:

SuperHitch Hero 15K Receiver rated up to 15 Thousand LBS Towing Capacity | Half Ton Trucks Towing | Torklift International

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Here's their lightest duty hitch. They have much heavier duty versions of this:

SuperHitch Hero 15K Receiver rated up to 15 Thousand LBS Towing Capacity | Half Ton Trucks Towing | Torklift International

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OH, MY BAD! Sorry, I assumed, and we see what that got me... I assumed you were talking about the double receiver shanks they make. I had NO IDEA they made an actual double hitch.
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