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Old 10-30-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Sad story of a Tough Trailer.

On our recent trip to Indian Springs State Park we discovered our furnace doesn't work. Bummer. Didn't freeze though as we had an electric heater with us to avoid spending money on LP gas.

Found a dealer to do the warranty work. He gave really good directions at to how to get into his lot from the 4 lane highway. But I missed his driveway and had to turn around, approaching the gate the wrong way, requiring a very tight turn. (You'd have to be there to understand)
Sparing any more verbage, I ran over the dealers gate post with the new 5th wheel.
However, I am impressed at how tough the filon wall system on the Forest River product is. Every thing that needs fixing can be replaced with a screwdriver and some caulking. The underskirt got folded up, the slide flange was damaged and the connections for city water, the black tank rinser and cable TV box were scraped off.

But the shiney white skin of the trailer was nearly undamaged. Just some minor scratches that should buff out. And the poor guys post was seriously bent!!

So I'm really impressed with the strength and quality of the bonded wall technology that new trailers are put together with.

The damage is less than my deductable and I'll have it back, good as new and nice and warm in a couple of weeks.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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WHOOPS! Glad no one was hurt. Sounds like some minor repairs will get you back in service.

Same thing happened to our brand new firetruck last week. My driver sideswiped a gate post. These trucks cost quarter to a half million bucks, however.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:55 AM   #3
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Bummer. I hate when I miss those turns and have to turn around. When towing there's almost never a good place. Glad to hear the damage is minor. That vacuum bonding system makes a strong structure.

So what was the problem with the furnace? You know inquiring minds.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:04 AM   #4
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Bummer....

So what was the problem with the furnace? You know inquiring minds.
I have no clue. You turn it on via the thermostat and the fan doesn't come on. The start up sequence never begins. If you cycle a switch on the side of the furnace it will start up. Then when you shut it down via the thermostat there is no cool down cycle.

So we're guessing the controller board is shot. Or the fuse is blown. It's under warrenty anyway.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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Radio,

Sorry about your mishap, no one got hurt and the trailer can be fixed, so all is well.

If you want to see how tough these trailers really are, go to this thread and follow the link in the next to last post to see pictures of a Flagstaff that had a major tree fall on it.


http://rocky06fs.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~1337.asp

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:30 PM   #6
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Yeah, just a minor inconveinience.

That feller in your link had a close call. The old wood and aluminum skin trailer would have been crushed right down to the axles.

That looks like and interesting forum. Might have to sneek over there now and then.

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