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Old 08-13-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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We are on the road and today I noticed a bulge on the curb side of the fifth-wheel over-hang area about mid way between front of unit and storage area.
It would appear that the cross member supports for the fifth-wheel could have bent. It also appears that the upright side member that extends to the roof has a slight bend in it.
Has anyone experienced this issue. Thanks

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Old 08-13-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Since this is your first post, we'll have to make some assumptions.

#1, Trailer is New

#2, You are new to camping and towing.

#3, We need pictures,

#4, None of the above matters. If you are on the road, and it is a new camper, you should have a 1 year warranty, and roadside from Forrest River. Call them, number should be on the website if you don't have it, and talk with them. They may want pictures also if you can. Best to let a dealer take a look, and maybe they can send you to the closest one.

Sorry can't be more help.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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Typically a vertical v shaped (much longer than wide at the top) ripple at the top of the camper wall is delamination due to a water leak somewhere.

If under a screwed in item (like an awning brace or roof material hold down; suspect water getting in at the screw. Water can also travel from a roof penetration like a sky light or vent, across the roof (under the rubber) and wick down the side. Your first clue to a leak like that, is delamination at the top of the outside wall or mold if you take down the interior trim around the penetration and look.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #4
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Thanks herk7769 : Did have an area where the rubber meets the cap that needed attention and repaired. Could be the problem. Would the delaminated area be flexible, as in being able to push in?

Not new to towing at all, this is just the first laminated FG wall construction unit I have had. Really did not know about this forum until I went hunting for answers about this issue. One can glean a lot of useful info from this forum.

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:30 PM   #5
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Thanks herk7769 : Did have an area where the rubber meets the cap that needed attention and repaired. Could be the problem. Would the delaminated area be flexible, as in being able to push in?
No expert on Delamination (if that is what it is) but descriptions from folks who have had "this dreaded killer" seem to indicate it depends on what layer has delaminated.

If the plastic has popped off the wood, I would suspect it would be easy to "oil can" the plastic (press on it and feel it move).

If the plywood veneer/plastic outer layer has pulled away from the foam, I suspect it would be a lot harder to press on.

Some help from others here would be appreciated.
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