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Old 06-24-2014, 12:49 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by HSVBamaBob View Post
...A prime contractor (FR) subs out components that will be installed in the prime contractor’s framework (insert your RV model number here.)...
Regardless of how good the components are, if they are not installed correctly (as in the OP's case) they are totally useless and could (as in OP's case) cause substantial damage and possible loss of life.

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Old 06-24-2014, 12:54 PM   #72
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Originally Posted by HSVBamaBob View Post
Agreed - like the warning label sez above your tires "must be checked with appropriate torque wrench at 100Ft-Lbs BEFORE each trip and after any heavy braking." (whatever that means )
We carry a torque wrench in the Biff at *all* times, and yes he checks torque before and during trips. On our first long trip with the V-Lite (Pigeon Forge) he had to tighten the lug nuts and the bolts on the hitch more than once.

"heavy braking"? BTDT! We were taking the V-Lite in for warranty once, topped a low hill and traffic was at a dead stop, both lanes on west bound side, as far as the eye could see.

I'm inclined to think THAT's heavy braking. Internet speed...he tows around 65 a dead stop inside mere yards.

Needless to say Weezer soon dismounted Biff and entered Buffy to avail herself of the "facilities" shortly thereafter.

The only warning we had that something was amiss was a LEO's car parked on the shoulder of the road a couple miles back, facing the wrong way with his headache lights on. *THAT* was supposed to tell us there was an 18 wheeler wreck ahead shutting down all west bound traffic?

I was very proud of DH's reaction time and handling of such a severe shut down situation.

SO, if you're in Louisiana and see a LEO car facing the wrong way on the shoulder of the interstate, start reducing speed right then and there.

Never encountered *that* type warning signal before or since.

Edit to correct: Actually we were taking the V-Lite in for the trade-in for the 5er. We said later that would have been a real mess if we'd totaled the V-Lite on the way to trade it in.


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Old 06-24-2014, 01:16 PM   #73
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I still wished you had reported it to NHTSA, they would have launched an investigation, we really don't need poorly assembled units on the road.
Gotcha DDC and I agree. Just delivered my "bag o' fun" to the dealer now and they are chasing it with Forest River, and assure me that they are checking the other units on the lot.
All in all it cost me bout $75 to fix the whole mess, and I don't expect to see anyone cutting me a sorry check, so my trip to the dealer is in hopes that it will possibly save someone else the same issue.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:16 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by JCamper View Post
Herk if the dealer put your hitch on wrong and you yourself put on incorrect tires and had an accident on your first trip out when your TT came unhitched and flipped would you blame your tires or the dealers hitch???
Same thing here. My inverter is a VERY minor addition to the TT and is in NO ABSOLUTE WAY involved with the slides or any of the shortstops in the unit. Unless you have a Tracer 3150 and understand the wiring setup or have been underneath mine with me for the last 3 days, suggest you reserve judgement.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:21 PM   #75
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Regardless of how good the components are, if they are not installed correctly (as in the OP's case) they are totally useless and could (as in OP's case) cause substantial damage and possible loss of life.
*Exactly* and that is why the QC process is so very important. The components *should* have been QCed by the subs but it is the responsibility of the Prime to double-check the Sub QC AND ensure that the integrated system functions.

Not apologizing for FR in my fact I was sorta indicting them

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