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Old 03-19-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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Axle problems Rockwood micro lite

Hello, I'm new to forum and researching info on 2018 Rockwood mini lite 2504s. I'm a women and I'm afraid I'm not knowledgable in these areas. I've read comments on various sites how the axel on some other Forest River trailers can bend under too much weigh (hauling full tanks). Can the 2018 Rockwood micro lite 2504s withstand the weight of full tanks without stress on the axel and tires while traveling? I'ver also read were the straps holding the tanks in place bend under pressure or worse break on the micro lite. Now with the underbelly covered it would be hard to inspect, right? One other question, I would be buying from out of state so if I had issues with a new trailer would I have difficulty getting a FR dealer which I didn't buy from do the needed warranty work? Thank you in advance for any guidance or advice
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. If axles are bending then that person is exceeding the max allowable weight of the trailer, an axle can be bent by placing the jack in the wrong position on the axle. Unlike cars just because a dealer carries FR products does not mean they are required to do warranty work on your rig and may give priority to rigs purchased at their facility. (I think it is listed in the fine print on the back of the brochure) Straps bending or braking is not unique to the Micro.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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Buy Local for good service. Don't overload total weight of water and other items carried. A simple bathroom scale weighing all items going into the trailer as add water as per yellow sticker. You know what you put in then get to scale to check.

IMHO if the water tank falls out when full this is design flaw and I would not buy the trailer.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:30 AM   #4
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I had axle issues with two axles. It had nothing to do with overloading. The 3500 pound axle was just not enough for the trailer. I thought the axle was bent, but that was not the case. The camber built onto the axle just could not hold up. When I took off the second axle the camber came right back and I could see that with the axle setting on the ground. Lippert sent me a 4400 # axle and I have had no issues since.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:48 AM   #5
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That trailer has torsion axles. As with all trailers with torsion axles, very important to get the trailer perfectly level so that front/back doesn't have more weight than the other.

Torsion axles are great. You just need to know that you jack from the trailer frame so as not to damage the axle.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:15 AM   #6
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With regards to traveling with full tanks, we boondock a lot and travel with our tanks full. When I bought our current trailer I looked for the CCC that would accommodate the additional weight of the tanks being full. Not all trailers have the carrying capacity to do this, so keep that CCC in mind if you are going to carry full tanks.
In regards to the straps breaking on the tanks, I guess any manufacture could have that issue, but with 40+ years of RV experience I have only heard of it happening a couple of times. If I ran across a trend in a manufacture I wouldnít buy that brand.
Buying local just because of service only works if the dealers in your area are any good. The two FR dealers in my area are horrible with service; I swear I know more than they do. What do people that full time do for service, they donít use their local dealer. From what I have been told, mostly on this site, is that FR is really good at authorizing independent shops to complete work if they approve the issue before the work is completed. Often you might have to front the money and then get paid back. Spending a few thousands more for the trailer to stay local is wasted money in my experience.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:25 AM   #7
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I had axle issues with two axles. It had nothing to do with overloading. The 3500 pound axle was just not enough for the trailer. I thought the axle was bent, but that was not the case. The camber built onto the axle just could not hold up. When I took off the second axle the camber came right back and I could see that with the axle setting on the ground. Lippert sent me a 4400 # axle and I have had no issues since.
Isn't that just your opinion? With proper documentation to support such a statement, a recall action would be in order. Of course you'd have to have supporting certified weight slips.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:28 AM   #8
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I do not own a Micro Lite nor have I ever taken my rig to a dealer for service. I have done all my service and that has not been much as far as warranty is concerned. Many on here will tell you that there are usually traveling RV techs that will come to you to fix a warranty or non-warranty issue, bypassing dealers. Most dealers discussed on this forum do NOT command much respect especially Camping World dealers.

If you do purchase out of local area because of price, many feel that the price difference justifies that buying experience and the possible delay in getting warranty work done locally.

Understand that during the camping season, most dealers are understaffed with techs and will almost always give preference to their buyers. But during fall and winter that may not be the case.

Another thing to consider if not buying locally,, is to tell the dealer that after PDI inspection and delivery, you will be camping at a close-by facility for several days and EVALUATING the camper for defects, and that if any are found you expect INSTANT service for that problem BEFORE returning to your home area. Get it in writing while getting a quote.

Good luck... and remember most problems that you read about are the minority of owners... owners with no problems don't post.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:28 AM   #9
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Hi idaho53! Welcome to the forum.
Glad to see you doing some research on the items concerned.
You are right, there have been some issues. We've seen some reports recently though that some of the concerns are being addressed at the factory but that doesn't mean there won't be issues.

Since you have advance concerns of these issues, I'll suggest you look for a dealer that will be on YOUR side if you have some issues.

You mentioned buying out of state... if you are doing so just to save money, you'll need to consider the savings-vs-the cost of repairs (if necessary) because of dealer concerns.

My advice to new buyers and to those that aren't as handy doing repairs themselves, is find a reputable dealer and make a good relationship with them. Good dealers are often hard to find but they are out there and invaluable to those who really need them.

Best of luck to you!
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It's been reported here on the forum that the problem with the fresh water tank supports on the Mini Lites was SUPPOSEDLY fixed sometime in the 2017 model year. But I think they are now enclosing the underbelly, so it's not easy to check to see if that's true.
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