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Old 02-13-2020, 12:44 PM   #1
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Have a 2012 34rlsa we are the second owner. On the drivers side I am having flexing and stress cracks where the wall turns down toward the jack Cedar Creek has denied fixing it.

To me a frame is a serious problem and shouldn't crack in less than ten thousand miles.
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:49 PM   #2
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It is a major issue and is unfortunately common. Lippert has measurements for how much flex is normal. There are measurements that you can do before and after hooking up to your truck.

It's common for welds to break in the pinbox area of the camper. You'll need someone to pull down the skin and inspect the welds properly. Then have the bad welds fixed and reinforcements added.

Being a second owner, you likely won't get support from Lippert or Cedar Creek. Sucks, but it's just the way it is. No one can say it wasn't overloaded or negligently used. Insurance also won't help because you can't point to a specific road incident that caused it.

The upside is it feels worse than it is. It's fixable and shouldn't be too terrifically expensive. Just go directly to a welder, don't involve a RV dealer/shop.
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Have a 2012 34rlsa we are the second owner. On the drivers side I am having flexing and stress cracks where the wall turns down toward the jack Cedar Creek has denied fixing it.

To me a frame is a serious problem and shouldn't crack in less than ten thousand miles.

It was probably overloaded by the original owner at some point and if it was being towed with a ridged hitch/pinbox setup a cracked frame may easily result. If any part of the RV has to be disassembled to get to the frame members to be corrected then I would take it to Amish Family RV in Topeka IN. A trailer welder can certainly fix the crack and reinforce but may know nothing about how to disassemble and reassemble the RV properly.
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It was probably overloaded by the original owner at some point and if it was being towed with a ridged hitch/pinbox setup a cracked frame may easily result. If any part of the RV has to be disassembled to get to the frame members to be corrected then I would take it to Amish Family RV in Topeka IN. A trailer welder can certainly fix the crack and reinforce but may know nothing about how to disassemble and reassemble the RV properly.
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Orvan has the know-how and will do it right and quickly. Only problem is maybe he won't be able get you in right away, but would definitely call Jolisa and make an appointment. He will also be able to correct other issues for you at the same time it is in for the frame. Amish Family RV number is (260) 593-0951. Good luck.
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Old 03-28-2020, 02:01 PM   #5
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Orvin has recently hired someone that has 14 years of experience with lippert frames and is now Orvinís welder and does a awesome job. There has been some discussions on the 37rth frame flexing and his experienced welder provides solution for a handful of 37rth owners to assist with the frame over flexing mine being one of them addressed solutions!

I posted a new post RG at has all of Orvinís contact info.
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