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Old 07-27-2011, 12:21 PM   #11
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I would think you would need several opinons of this. It is a frame problem that has turned into a rv problem.
The repair needs to bring everything back together, if that's possible. The frame access will probably be from the bottom only to close up the gap.
Please keep us up to date on repairs.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #12
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Are there any 5th wh manufacturers that do not use the Lippert frame? I am looking at buying a new 5th wh and do not want the problems of a Lippert frame. Thank you.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:17 PM   #13
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Are there any 5th wh manufacturers that do not use the Lippert Frame?
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:37 PM   #14
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All I wanted from Lippert was a recipe on how to fix it. What metal to put where and how thick.

I also wanted to know where else those frames failed so I could beef it up before it fails.
Do you get the frame fixed? If so, what was done.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:56 PM   #15
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I fixed it myself.

I took two opinions from a structural engineer and a guy who builds prototype cars.

I have had a MIG welder for 20 years so welding wasnít a problem. I have had a plasma cutter for 2-3 years. I would say the plasma cutter paid for 1/3 of itself just in this project. It surgically cut out the bad metal.

The piece I cut out was about 1/8 thick. I think 11 ga. The piece I put back was 3/16, 7 ga. 1.5 times as thick. I also added some gussets. Where the side frames end at the front of the trailer I welded in a front piece, because they were not rectangular shaped any more.

The metal repair was fairly easy for me because I have done a fair amount of fabrication. The hardest part for me was getting the cabinets back in with out gaps.

I also added a pinbox that has some cushion between truck and trailer. Lippert makes a real nice one, but I couldnít give them any more money so I bought a different one.

One thing I did learn. I found an old Frisbee in the cabinets when I gutted them. I thought what a great place to keep all the fasteners. There were a lot of fasteners. What I learned is you donít want to let a retired Frisbee dog in, she had not seen a Frisbee in a log time. The result was all the fasteners went flying.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:09 PM   #16
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Job well done. I guess I have been lucky with our 285. We have had it in places where you wouldn't think you can get a 5er in at that size. I know now who I'll contact if I have the same issue.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:29 PM   #17
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What was your first indication that there was an issue?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:44 AM   #18
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First Things Noticed

One day I thought the front on the trailer was sitting lower in the truck bed. I thought there should have been more space between top fof the truck bed and the trailer. I wasn't sure and didn't do anything about it.

Before the trip that it became evident, I was making the bed and wondering why the front side cabinet was pulling away from the wall.

When I got to where I was going, but side cabinets were 3/4s of an inch inward. The Seem in the middle of the front paneling had separated too.

The bed was raised up in the middle of the mattress.

I put some more picutres at

http://www.candidphotosonline.com/th...electEvent.asp

click on the arrow down and choose 'RV Frame Repair'
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One day I thought the front on the trailer was sitting lower in the truck bed. I thought there should have been more space between top fof the truck bed and the trailer. I wasn't sure and didn't do anything about it.

Before the trip that it became evident, I was making the bed and wondering why the front side cabinet was pulling away from the wall.

When I got to where I was going, but side cabinets were 3/4s of an inch inward. The Seem in the middle of the front paneling had separated too.

The bed was raised up in the middle of the mattress.

I put some more picutres at

http://www.candidphotosonline.com/th...electEvent.asp

click on the arrow down and choose 'RV Frame Repair'
Couldn't get the link to work.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:48 PM   #20
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try this link

http://www.candidphotosonline.com/thisone

Click on the arrow down and select RV Frame Repair.
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