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Old 01-30-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Crack in exterior wall Windjammer 3065

I was washing my trailer and could see what looked like a crack. I grabbed the ladder, and sure enough, above the corner of my Curb Side Slide is a crack in the side of the trailer that goes from the upper corner almost straight up. I have included pictures.

I will be taking this up with my dealer this week, and will also be discussing the less than adequate power jacks on my unit. I want them to escalate to Forest River that they aren't going to work. They flex like crazy, and I'm ready to grind them off and put on standard scissor jacks instead. I believe this is for them to fix.

You might want to check your trailers as well to see if there are any cracks.

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Old 01-30-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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Dumb question, I hope you are using powerjacks to stabilize trailer only and not to lift it?
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
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Yes, that's correct. Only the fronts have the problem of bending. The rears are fine. I use a wheel jack to lock the wheels in place, but this trailer still rocks like AC/DC concert!
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:45 PM   #4
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Rocking Trailer

Front bedroom?
On a more serious thought I am surprised it's the front considering tongue jack carrying most of the weight and stabilizers to do their job.
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It's probably too late and might not do much good, but I would run some clear caulk over that crack as a temp fix in order to attempt minimizing any water damage.

Good luck and I hope things work out for you. Keep us posted.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:09 PM   #6
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Been looking hard at the 3065, please keep us posted as to the cause.

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:28 PM   #7
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That is the first time i have seen a crack in the exterior wall, ihope they have a good reason why this happen.

As far as the rocking, my 06 RockWood has done this from day one. I am not sure about your Windjammer but the angle iron that is used is not supported in the middle so every time there is movement in the camper the angle iron bends, i was able make a mod for the rear of the camper but not the front and our bed room in in the front.....i know some will have some thing to say about that....

If you have angle iron supporting the jacks, go out side and watch them and have someone move around in the camper and if they are up to it jump a little you may see exactly where the problem is. That's how i found the problem.
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Ct...ah crap! Please keep us posted on what they discover. I also looked at this model last year. Couldn't get a deal that I could live with so I walked.
On the trailer moving...I've found using blocks to minimize the stoke of the jacks works best.(wheels blocked of course) The more the jacks are extended, the more the movement. I know exactly what RW06 is talking about.
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I would NOT seal the crack with caulking. It would be better to use a weatherproof tape. The use of caulking will contaminate the area making a proper repair of the crack much more difficult. It would be necessary to remove all of the caulking before proceeding with the repair.
I would check for softness in the area. If the area is soft you probably have a leak which will have to be found before you effect a proper repair.

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I would NOT seal the crack with caulking. It would be better to use a weatherproof tape. The use of caulking will contaminate the area making a proper repair of the crack much more difficult. It would be necessary to remove all of the caulking before proceeding with the repair.
I would check for softness in the area. If the area is soft you probably have a leak which will have to be found before you effect a proper repair.

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I didn't know about the caulk contaminating the area. Thanks for the heads up.
The weatherproof tape should work good. Anything to keep water out and hopefully there no additional issues started yet, such as delam.
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