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Old 07-29-2021, 08:47 AM   #1
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Cracks in the outside walls

I have a 2014 Forest River Surveyor. We had it out over the weekend and after set up, I noticed about a 10" crack in the outside wall at the lower right oycorner of the slide out opening. Not on the slide out itself, but at the opening for the slide out. Is the common? On this particular camp site I had to jack the back of the trailer way up and almost set the tongue on the ground. Could this have caused it. Can this be repair? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
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I have a 2014 Forest River Surveyor. We had it out over the weekend and after set up, I noticed about a 10" crack in the outside wall at the lower right oycorner of the slide out opening. Not on the slide out itself, but at the opening for the slide out. Is the common? On this particular camp site I had to jack the back of the trailer way up and almost set the tongue on the ground. Could this have caused it. Can this be repair? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
Pics are usually more helpful than descriptions.
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We've had some reports here from others of cracks in the corners of the wall where there is a slide out. As mentioned, photos would be helpful.

Having to put one end higher/lower is not uncommon and often done. Leveling side to side is important as is not twisting the frame.

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Old 07-30-2021, 12:48 PM   #5
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I have a 2014 Forest River Surveyor. We had it out over the weekend and after set up, I noticed about a 10" crack in the outside wall at the lower right oycorner of the slide out opening. Not on the slide out itself, but at the opening for the slide out. Is the common? On this particular camp site I had to jack the back of the trailer way up and almost set the tongue on the ground. Could this have caused it. Can this be repair? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
that is not normal, if you where level before operating the slide it shouldnít have happened. What I suggest now is to drill a 1/8Ē hole above and below the crack, that should stop it from cracking more. Then you need to figure out if itís the frame that caused it, it a stress crack for sure.
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Is this repairable without replacing the entire side?
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Is this repairable without replacing the entire side?
I would say so, but you need to find the root cause, such as the trailer frame as Witch Doctor suggested and many other things.

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that is not normal, if you where level before operating the slide it shouldnít have happened. What I suggest now is to drill a 1/8Ē hole above and below the crack, that should stop it from cracking more. Then you need to figure out if itís the frame that caused it, it a stress crack for sure.
The "stop" hole needs to be right through the tip of the crack. The round hole distributes the tension around its periphery so the crack does not progress.

If you drill holes above and below the tip of the crack, the crack will progress right between them.
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Old 07-30-2021, 01:37 PM   #9
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I have a 2014 Forest River Surveyor. We had it out over the weekend and after set up, I noticed about a 10" crack in the outside wall at the lower right oycorner of the slide out opening. Not on the slide out itself, but at the opening for the slide out. Is the common? On this particular camp site I had to jack the back of the trailer way up and almost set the tongue on the ground. Could this have caused it. Can this be repair? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
Definitely not normal, but one thing in your message stands out as a red flag. You mention that you had to jack the back way up. I hope you did not mean that literally? Did you actually "jack" the back up using some kind of jacks or the stabilizers? If so, that could be the cause of your problem. You should get the trailer level but adjusting the tongue jack, then using the stabilizers to stabilize, not bear any significant weight. If you actually jacked on the frame anywhere other than near the axles, the frame will flex dramatically and likely cause the problem you are seeing. The frames are light and are not designed to bear the entire weight of the trailer at one end, other than the front.
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Is this repairable without replacing the entire side?
sure itís repairable but you need to check that frame it if got twisted that could be a bigger problem and very expensive. If all that checks out any body shop can repair the fiberglass.
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Looks like a stress crack caused by movement underneath, maybe even from the frame. Inspect the frame and fix any problem first, then you could get someone to do a fiberglass repair on the crack. The material, I think, is called Filon.
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