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Old 01-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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Well I guess the topic title should be 'Lippert problems' that would include most manufacturers.

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:08 PM   #12
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Well I guess the topic title should be 'Lippert problems' that would include most manufacturers.

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Most manufacturers do use Lippert frames and other components such as slide mechanisms. A few of the high end towable manufacturers build their own frames in house, but as "high end" suggests, they are pricey. I still think you `ll be OK with a Jayco, I do not see nightmarish frame issues or scenarios occurring anytime soon just because of the sale of Dexter chassis to Lippert, if ever. I do not think I have ever seen a member post here about a frame issue, hopefully that trend will continue.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #13
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The only reason I bought a Jayco was to get away from Lippert frames.
My last trailer in 3 yrs of ownership had to go back to the factory 2 times because of frame problems in the pin-box area.[fiver].
I will not ever own another unit with ANY Lippert parts on it anywhere!
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Sorry to hear of your problems.

Unfortunately it looks like Lippert has the market cornered on RV frames.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:10 PM   #15
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In all fairness to Lippert we must remember that the purchaser, Jayco or Keystone, etc, submit a spec sheet for the frames they buy. If the bean counters write the specs for the frame you will have problems.
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In all fairness to Lippert we must remember that the purchaser, Jayco or Keystone, etc, submit a spec sheet for the frames they buy. If the bean counters write the specs for the frame you will have problems.
True albeit scary. I've seen what Jayco's bean counters did to the 2012s compared to the 2011s. Still, spec sheets do not account for the crappy welds I've seen.
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Even DRV's Mobile Suites and Elite Suites ride on Lippert Frames.
I have not heard of Frame failures on DRV's 5th Wheels.
It all depends on what the buyer specs and demands from the supplier.
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In all fairness to Lippert we must remember that the purchaser, Jayco or Keystone, etc, submit a spec sheet for the frames they buy. If the bean counters write the specs for the frame you will have problems.
Quite true. Another thing I have seen happen is when a designer is using CAD software, the software often has default values for certain things. A good designer will thoroughly review his/her design to catch these. Usually the default is too small.
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I guess I will have to wait to see one of the new 308RETS models up close and personal before I make my purchase decision. I have seen some funky Lippert frames on other brand models.

My question to Jayco:

Having just sold our 2010 Jay Flight 22FB, we are looking at the Jayco
Super Lite 308RETS. Who (which mfg.) provides the frame for the 308RETS?


Jayco's reply today:

Dear Mr. Foster:

Thank you for your e-mail and for your interest in an Eagle Super Lite
travel trailer. The frame for that line is manufactured by Lippert
which was formerly Dexter Chassis Group.

Jayco Sales
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Mike, the new question would be: Is the frame a Dexter or Lippert design?
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