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Old 09-05-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Frame rails bent 8306ss

Has anyone else have had this happen.Roughly have 1,200 km 's highway .Possibly what would cause this as i've never travelled with water or never over loaded.It's only a year old.The unit is at the dealership and i'm hoping the factory ask's for it back to repair.What do you think will happen to repair such damage.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:45 PM   #2
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No idea but there was recent a Sabre 36QBOK that reported a bent frame, too. Look for a thread by hep100.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Well the factory say's this is normal as it has a rear slide and the type of frame it has it's going to stress behind the rear wheels.Now my resale value is lowered, and now i'm up in arms on what to do next.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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Are you having any issues because it's bent?


Get forest river to put it in writing that its normal.


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Old 09-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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I searched this bent frame issue on other 8306 models and nothing has come up.I feel every one else's pain now.Keep using it ,it has a 5 year warranty on the frame.Ya--ok.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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I guess you'll have to wait till it buckle for real and the back falls off. I-Beams that ripple like that lose some strength although I am not a Structural Engineer and don't know how much. Maybe all you can do is document it and keep an eye on it. Try to accurately measure the front and back ground clearance in a repeatable manner and wee if there is measurable sag front to back.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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Well i'm going to go talk to the D.O.T peeps and ask them if this is a concern for high-way travel use or it must be repaired or replaced.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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Talked with sheila from forest river,very nice to explain my situation.Listened to my comments and concerns.Hoping they take it 1 step further.But they do say that the i-beams are cambered from the factory to take up flex.This should be noticable from new on the lot.Mine never had anything from day 1 of purchase and all of a sudden have this ripple effect.I would have been ok if dealer had known this is how they are manufactured.But anyway's let's hope something good comes out of this.Thank-you for calling back so quickly sheila--{forest river warranty dept.}
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:16 AM   #9
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Possibly what would cause this as i've never travelled with water or never over loaded.
Just a WAG but unless you're sure the defect wasn't there when you took delivery, I suspect the beam was dropped or had something dropped on it prior to it becoming a part of your TT. Be interesting to see what FR comes back to you with if anything at all.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:24 AM   #10
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They said this was normal as in my situation, mine was worse than others.When we had taken delivery of the tt,I had never seen these impressions at all.Everytime we come back from a trip i pressure wash the trailer down and alway's on the frame.Just noticed on our last camping trip.They said to keep an eye on it as the frame has a 5 year warranty.So i picked the trailer up and brought it back home.Could not argue the point any further.I'll keep an eye on it believe me.
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