Originally Posted by rschoono289
I had a ETC 181 but never had the bowing effect. Does the bow stay in when you come to a stop? Always towed below 65mph. Perhaps length of 1x1 fixed across the bow area inside would stop the deflection.
The bow doesn't stay in when at a stop, but the flexing has weakened its ability to stay formed as it was when new, and the creases on the inside are getting worse. I'm exploring the possibility of forcing two 4" wide strips of 1/4" plywood into the bow vertically about 1/3 of the way from each side and bracing them at the top and bottom against the frame of the unit. That would eliminate the need to penetrate the shell, which I am very reluctant to do.
Did you have any other issues with your ETC 181? I've never been able to find out why FR (Rockwood) stopped making this delightful model. It has so many good points, especially for a couple who don't want to have to buy a pick-up truck to tow a trailer. We tow ours with a Lexus RX300, and it's perfect.