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Old 08-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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Road horrors, frame giving way

I have 2004 Surveyor 21T Hybrid. Together we have logged over 80,000 camping miles. But this year everything seems to be falling apart. At the moment I am stranded in a campground in Iowa waiting for a repair guy in the am. The lower front edge of the trailer has literally fallen apart. I realized when I stopped for gas that my ladder was 1/2 way out onto the road! It slipped out of the forward storage compartment, as there is nothing holding the lower edge together. The screws holding the fibreglass corner moulding have all pulled out as it looks like the inner wood has rotted. I was not aware of any leaks
Has anyone had this problem. Is it worth a rebuild or should I just kiss my sweetie goodbye?
This year I have had leaking windows, electrical outlets pulling out of the wall, sagging flooring…it seems like the planned obsolescence clock just chimed.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Most things man-made will not last forever... but it seems most especially any RV product. Looks like it's time to start fixing a new one... Yes, I said fixing... Mine's never been back to a dealer but that's just because I don't trust the dealer to actually fix anything.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:14 PM   #3
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Happy ending

AFter limping into a campground, I called a couple of mobile RV repair services. It was a Sunday evening and one gentleman got right back to me. Asked me to send him pics of the damage which I did and he felt he could help me. He was there at 9:30 in the morning the next day and made a solid repair within 45 minutes. If anyone needs help in the Davenport Iowa area I would highly recommend Ed Harper (Harper Valley RV Service. Apparently the screws had become rusty and worked loose. He re-screwed the strip across the lower front edge, and calked it and the repair seems quite solid.
But I do get the feeling that lots of little things are all starting at once.
I am happily back on the road. Winding down a 7000 mile trip.
thanks for the response.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:16 PM   #4
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that is always my biggest fear...breaking down in some remote campground and having to stay weeks at a time to get my MH fixed lol
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:37 AM   #5
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I had a frame rail rip apart on a 2013 model TT. Fortunately I caught it just before I had a complete separation. I had it patched back together within three hours at a truck shop in Georgia and completed my 500 mile journey home. I then had a very reputable and experienced machine shop fix it in my driveway at home. That experience left very little trust in Lippert with me.


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Old 08-11-2015, 01:16 PM   #6
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Do I have Lippert?

[QUOTE=340_Formula_S;950246]I had a frame rail rip apart on a 2013 model TT. Fortunately I caught it just before I had a complete separation. I had it patched back together within three hours at a truck shop in Georgia and completed my 500 mile journey home. I then had a very reputable and experienced machine shop fix it in my driveway at home. That experience left very little trust in Lippert with me.


How can I tell if I have a Lippert frame? Seems like most of the horror stories about structural issues are on fifth wheels not pull behind TTs but now I'm getting paranoid.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:20 PM   #7
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They are all Lippert built frames.It does sound to me however that the OP's failure was not the frame but the body where it attaches to the frame.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:24 PM   #8
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Ok, thought there was another major frame maker but I've heard Lippert bought them anyway. I was looking more at the post regarding the 2013 TT frame issue by 340_Formula_S. Thx.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:11 PM   #9
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Northwood Manufacturing and some others make their own frames.
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Sorry,I thought we were discussing FR built units.
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