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Old 04-29-2021, 10:32 AM   #1
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Ever had chassis or frame issues?

I've been RVing for about 20 years now, but not full time. I've had 2 trailers prior to my current 2014 Arctic Fox 25r. All have had bent chassis to one degree or another.

I sold the previous trailers when i noticed they were bent. I bought the AF because of their so called sturdy chassis.

I've logged about 20k miles on the arctic fox and spent about 200 nights in it. I tend to go out for 6 weeks at a time.

I'm out roaming the SW now. Earlier on this trip i noticed the cross member for the a-frame tongue was bowed and there was excessive flex in the tongue. Fortunately i found a great welder in panguitch, utah who straightened and reinforced the cross member which resolved the problem. However, I've now noticed that the bathroom door and the pantry door are a bit off square. They may have been this way for a while before i actually noticed, Same with the tongue.

So, I'm asking you full timers if you've had your rv get a bit off square from all the over the road miles? Is that when you ditch it and get a new one? do you have the chassis straightened? or just live with it?

Other than those 2 issues, I'm perfectly happy with this trailer. Especially now that I upgraded my solar to 800w with 400ah lithium and all victron components....but I digress. Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2021, 03:45 PM   #2
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Some folks really torque those leveling jacks and this may be the cause of the frame warps. The other occasion is going in and out of uneven drives where the trailer gets its arse dragged and if done off kilter one side is being dragged. Weight distribution hitches put further stresses on the trailer frame as well!

Happiness is a state of mind, so if you are happy, don't worry be happy. If there is an alignment issue then yea get it straightened and strengthened.

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Old 05-04-2021, 06:05 PM   #3
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We had a travel trailer, 5th wheel and motorhome and no issues with the frames.
Full-timed for 16 Years . . .
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& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
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