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Old 11-28-2020, 04:02 PM   #1
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2018 Forester 3171 DS tail dragging

I have had this issue on previous RVs, but due to the weight I couldn't easily remedy with a HD caster wheel. The skid on the Forester is slightly light duty.
I read in a forum about a skid wheel available on Amazon. I replaced the skid "plate" on the MH with this wheel. I replaced the greasing bolt with a grade 5 bolt. I didn't think not greasing a wheel that only gets about 20 feet a year would be a problem
The trailer tow socket was installed such that maintenance was not possible. I cut the cable to remove the socket and also cut out the bracket to allow easy removal in the future. The cable for this socket did not possess a service loop, so the cable was also lengthened.
The hitch frame was removed, the changes made and reinstalled. I will be checking the effectiveness on the next trip. Welds are not superb, but we will find out if there is an issue, on the next dip.
I am sure someone will say " don't drive into those situations where a dip exists" That sounds good, but not always possible the way roads are thrown together.https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...es/trink39.gif
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Old 11-28-2020, 04:17 PM   #2
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Looks good to me. I recommended your solution in the past but folks opted for erector sets to raise the rear up.
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Old 11-28-2020, 04:25 PM   #3
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Great high quality photos accompanying your report. I will also commend you on the quality of your work. This shows this is not a “band-aid” attempt to address your issue. I did the same cut out in the socket bracket when I added an extra tap into that harness. Makes things so easy.

I hope this fixes your problem, however, attack your entrance and exits at as much of an angle as possible. There is a lot of overhang on your model.
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Old 11-29-2020, 05:45 PM   #4
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I have had this issue on previous RVs, but due to the weight I couldn't easily remedy with a HD caster wheel. The skid on the Forester is slightly light duty.

I read in a forum about a skid wheel available on Amazon. I replaced the skid "plate" on the MH with this wheel. I replaced the greasing bolt with a grade 5 bolt. I didn't think not greasing a wheel that only gets about 20 feet a year would be a problem

The trailer tow socket was installed such that maintenance was not possible. I cut the cable to remove the socket and also cut out the bracket to allow easy removal in the future. The cable for this socket did not possess a service loop, so the cable was also lengthened.

The hitch frame was removed, the changes made and reinstalled. I will be checking the effectiveness on the next trip. Welds are not superb, but we will find out if there is an issue, on the next dip.

I am sure someone will say " don't drive into those situations where a dip exists" That sounds good, but not always possible the way roads are thrown together.https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...es/trink39.gif


Looks great. People can say all they want about not getting into that situation, easy to say, but I can say this past season we had to divert to an emergency vet clinic for our pup and drug the skid plates going into a parking lot not designed for a RV but so be it. Your pictures and description of the fix is valuable information.
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Old 12-07-2020, 10:21 PM   #5
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I am planning on doing the same but will be putting the roller lower due to the receiver ,
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