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Old 01-13-2016, 10:05 PM   #21
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:44 PM   #22
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dieselguy, is the frame on your Silverback a rolled I-beam or is it plate steel that LCI welded (poorly) together into an "I" shape?

Folks need to be aware that some RVs have better frames than others. Ultra Lite trailers will typically have the welded plate I-beam which is not as strong as a true rolled I-beam.

I'm neither a welder nor a structural engineer but I do know the above statement to be true. I'm just saying that Ultra Lite trailer owners who are thinking about adding a bike rack or hitch to their unit should seek advice from knowledgeable and skilled people before attempting that mod.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:56 PM   #23
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It's a true 12" I-Beam, however a hitch similar to this was installed on my old 2000 Montana 2850RK which did have the plate steel welded together to form the welded plate I-Beam. It pulled a double jet ski trailer over 25,000 miles without issue. I do agree, most welds on today's units are sub par and not all frames are created equal. I posted these photos mainly in response to "prairiecamper's" request who also owns a Silverback.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:16 AM   #24
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Wait until the warranty is up and then it is all your baby. On my 8289 the curb side frame laid over to the curb side due to the weight of the slide on that side. Rockwood removed the entire box off the frame, replaced and gusseted the new frame and replaced the floor. Even with this type of failure Lippert wanted pics of the bumper to prove there had not been any mods to the frame. It would have sucked if I had put the bike rack on and then this failure happened.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:48 AM   #25
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It's a true 12" I-Beam, however a hitch similar to this was installed on my old 2000 Montana 2850RK which did have the plate steel welded together to form the welded plate I-Beam. It pulled a double jet ski trailer over 25,000 miles without issue. I do agree, most welds on today's units are sub par and not all frames are created equal. I posted these photos mainly in response to "prairiecamper's" request who also owns a Silverback.
Thanks dieselguy, The pics are great, I have a new Silverback with a 1-1/4" factory installed bike rack and I would like to install the 2" receiver. This gives me some ideas to discuss with my welder.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:59 AM   #26
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You STILL HAVE NOT posted any pics of a failure with before and after pics. So far as we know, those setups are still going down the road just fine. Frankly, I can't tell from your pics on how they are actually attached.

Did you crawl under that generator pic and see if the receiver was a beefed up one welded to the frame? Or are you just assuming it's a receiver bolted to the 4" bumper? I know I sure can't tell from your pic.
I am sorry that I didnt post enough Pic,s Before and After to meet your desires! I doubt that i will chase down all the units that i have Pic's of for future Pic for you also! I am Not a Pro Picture Taker but I can see Very clear when something is Not Installed or Made Properly! I look forward to all the Detailed Before and After Pic's You Post? Youroo!!
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If reciever should "not" be used why doesn't the factory weld a plate over the hole and no one will think of using it?????
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Tube was cut for hitch....didn't come that way
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:49 AM   #30
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Thanks ... What I didn't mention was, I basically removed the weiney hitch and rear sewer tube completely from the frame and started over. I cut the sewer tube in two and welded new 4" channel on to it and then onto the frame where it was originally without the factory hitch setup. If you noticed, I also installed the electric jacks that CC won't put on if the unit has "level up". It surely supplemented the stability past what "level up" did.
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