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Old 07-19-2012, 03:39 PM   #71
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Uggg, this thread is a year old, FR was notified at that time, they have paid for the warranty work to fix some of these, yet it still exists on 2012's?

Yep, I caught mine at the dealers lot and it had only came the distance from Goshen, IN to Concord, NC. Dealer couldn't believe it, but was sure receptive to fixing it before it left his lot. It did cause a pretty good stir around there for a couple of days. Some dealers do care and Tom Johnson's is one of them.

Oh, BTW btmfdr, I personally notified them by phone & email in 08 when I discovered it. FR said they would look into it. I guess they are still looking.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:12 PM   #72
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Oh, BTW btmfdr, I personally notified them by phone & email in 08 when I discovered it. FR said they would look into it. I guess they are still looking.
Wonder if they started looking for the axles on the roof, must be at the windows by now... Another 4 years and they will discover their truly are axles under there...

I can't believe no one on here has posted disastrous results due to this issue...
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #73
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... can't believe no one on here has posted disastrous results due to this issue...
Maybe the forum postings have prevented it. I think it would be a very remote chance that they pivot down far enough and the turn severe enough to have it happen. I've tried to find the pictures of the one that caused me to check it. Tore the devil out of the camper when the axle swiveled under the trailer. The guy was pulling out of a gas station.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #74
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FR should at least ensure current production has the modification if not a recall on all models. To do it in production would take 10 minutes with hardware costing less than $1.....

Cmon Forest River step up to the plate and just do it!!!

I know they read this forum.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:28 PM   #75
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Received answer back from Forest River. They are very concerned about the axles slipping and a ongoing brake problem I have. FR told me that it was uncommon for the axles slipping. They said to not drill any holes, The axles have to be realigned and the bolts torqued properly. They said apparently the bolts were not torqued properly when aligned to the frame at time of production. I have contracted with a trailer axle, frame specialty shop for the alignment and brake repair. I will pay the bill , then be reimbursed by Forest River for my out of pocket cost. The 8285WS is under warranty (1/27/2011 bought).

I had made the statement to Forest River about when it is all done that I would like 1/2" holes drilled in the vertical mounting plates next to the slotted holes with 1/2" bolts installed. They were very firm about not drilling any holes, that proper torque should correct the problem. I will have to rely on the axle shops repair work. Axle shop said torque properly, should be good enough with out drilling holes also!

I will keep all posted.
I can see the reason for not drilling in the vertical plate, but there is no reason for not drilling a hole in the bottom of the 2 x 2 tubing using the EXISTING hole in the axle mount as a template. FR just doesn't want to admit a major design blunder. The thin vertical plates will not stop the side to side loads applied while making sharp turns. A 1st yr mech. design engr student would get a failing grade for this kind of blunder.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #76
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I jacked up the camper today checking the brakes and noticed that the front axle had moved as discussed here. I've checked it previously and looked okay...I tightened the mounting bolts at the time. Only the front axles had moved...about 3/8" opening at the front. I bolted the front of the mount up into the 2x2 spacer and tighten all up.

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I jacked up the camper today checking the brakes and noticed that the front axle had moved as discussed here. I've checked it previously and looked okay...I tightened the mounting bolts at the time. Only the front axles had moved...about 3/8" opening at the front. I bolted the front of the mount up into the 2x2 spacer and tighten all up.

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Did you do both sides of both axles just for insurance and peace of mind?
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Glad to see the post about the axels again------

Thanks for bringing up the problem about the space in the axles again. Have checked mine regular any movement. I did drill and install grade 8 bolts in the vertical plates last year when the problem was discovered. Nothing has moved after 6000+ miles and the tires are evenly wearing all around as should be.
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Thanks for bringing up the problem about the space in the axles again. Have checked mine regular any movement. I did drill and install grade 8 bolts in the vertical plates last year when the problem was discovered. Nothing has moved after 6000+ miles and the tires are evenly wearing all around as should be.
You drilled in the vertical plates where the factory bolts are as opposed to using the axle support hole and drilling into the 2 x 2 tube? Is that correct?
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Yep, Sho did drill ----------------

Sure did drill the holes about 1 1/2" above the slotted adjustment hole. If you go back and look at my post and pictures, you will see the new bolts installed. Go to page #5 to view, torqued the grade 8 bolts to 47 ft lbs.
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