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Old 09-12-2021, 07:36 PM   #1
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frame stress cracks

have 2016 MS , found stress cracks on front vertical beams ( where leveling legs are attached) both sides , just under the diagonal gusset!!! any insight would be appreciated
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:09 PM   #2
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Any chance you have pictures?
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:39 AM   #3
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:01 PM   #4
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Id be having a conversation with Lippert and sharing those pics! They may OR may not stand behind the cracks, who knows but they certainly can correct that situation!

Not sure how far from Goshen you are but its worth a try. Of course any certified welder could hook you up too.

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Old 09-16-2021, 05:44 PM   #5
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Sounds like he has found a shop to do the repairs. I will let him elaborate.
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Old 09-20-2021, 04:41 PM   #6
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I see modified in the signature, what was modified? I would think any good welder could fix this, likely better that a trip to IN.
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Old 09-22-2021, 08:32 AM   #7
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Spoke to the OP. He has taken the RV to a Trailer Fabrication/repair shop. They unfortunately have to stay in a motel until the work is complete.

He is going to be personally involved in removing the propane tanks and tray support, hydraulic pump along with battery pack on drivers side front. He will also be removing the lower front cap. He will have a shop employee working with him to get the RV opened up to do the actual repairs. I am sure I missed a few things that have to be removed to actually have room to do the repairs.

The Shop was highly recommended by several RV facilities.

This is a big job but the OP knows what he is doing and I am sure it will all turn out well. It's simply going to take time to remove everything to get to the main issue and then re install everything.
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Old 10-01-2021, 09:46 PM   #8
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OP is getting this thing done!!! Should be some welding pics soon.

Circles in red where the frame has crackled on both sides.






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Old 10-02-2021, 09:21 AM   #10
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Excellent pictures! Usually the photos we get are marginal at best.
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Old 10-02-2021, 12:19 PM   #11
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Looks like they did a GREAT job!







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Old 10-03-2021, 09:56 AM   #12
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Just like painting, it takes a lot of prep time to do a good job. It looks like a job well done.
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Old 10-03-2021, 12:00 PM   #13
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Just like painting, it takes a lot of prep time to do a good job. It looks like a job well done.
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I agree 100% really looks GREAT!!!

If the frame had that added triangular gusset from the Factory we would not be discussing this.
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Old 10-10-2021, 09:07 PM   #14
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My biggest fear about having a lippert frame because the welds look like they weren't welded by a welder. Now we have a lippert frame on the Rockwood fifth. labarn or chevman
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Old 10-11-2021, 11:19 AM   #15
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Fortunately this is a VERY rare thing for a DRV.

I have looked at mine and does not have the cracks. I have not traveled as many miles but I think the one thing that helps is that i have an air bag kingpin that absorbs the up and down forces.
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I also feel our airhitch on our truck helped on our alpenlite plus the air on the suspension of the fifth to keep a smoother tow . I had the airhitch reinstalled for the Rockwood with torsion bar suspension and easy to feel it is different. labarn
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Old 10-11-2021, 06:22 PM   #17
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Back on the Road and BETTER than original . Things are looking GREAT !!!
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Old 10-11-2021, 07:22 PM   #18
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YEE HAW!!!!!!!!

Happy you got it all done.
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