Originally Posted by Rugged Brown
Herk: are those pictures resulting from stress to a frame from modifications or is it from regular use. I would think that anyone modifying the frame to add a trailer hitch may beef it up to exceed the manufacturers specs. Just saying.
Funny you should say that. At Goshen I had a LONG talk with the frame engineers about a topic close to my heart.
My camper is perfect for us but I run it almost constantly at its max gross weight of 9217 pounds. My axles are 4000 pounds each and I believe (and the engineers (sorta) confirmed that the GVWR of MY camper is "most likely" based on the axles.
I was entertaining upgrading my axles to 5000 pounds to get a few hundred pounds of payload and wanted to know what the frame was "good for" so I would still be safe.
What I got back rocked me to my heels. The engineer stated that if I put on the heavier axles, my GVWR would NOT change because without a complete engineering study "OF THE ENTIRE CAMPER" they could not know "where the next Domino was."
When I asked, they said it was most likely the WALLS. They put more wall studs in the heavier gross weight campers to sustain the flexing that goes with a higher gross weight. He said my next "point of failure" would most likely be cracks at the slide openings.
That conversation saved me a small fortune.
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