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Old 05-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #11
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Cracked Frame Pictures

I heard from Jayco today. Their comment (Its 4 yrs out of warrenty) Would not say one way or the other if there is a problem. Just said they have a good ratio. They did say they use Dexter frames and axles. So i have a call into them.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:04 AM   #12
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Nice pictures. I now have a visual of your original post.

Being "out of warranty", I'd take to a few welding shops in your area. A certified & experienced welder can inspect those cracks and advise how they were made. For example, too much chassis stress, too much upper weight, too hard of bumps, lifting the TT from its ends without center support jacks, etc. etc. And while inspecting, they can also recommend methods of fixing it. For example, sistering supports down each side of the I-beam. And, perhaps adding more gussets.

Thanks for providing pictures.

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Old 05-27-2011, 09:21 AM   #13
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Looks like those cracks are over the suspension, midship, too much flexing in the frame fore and aft. Frame too weak for the load ? trailer loaded too heavy ?? too many rough roads?? things too consider.

Just welding up those cracks, they will come back. Weld on plates on the cracks, and the crack could move to the edges of the new plates?

Maybe remove suspension, hangar brackets and what not, and run a heavy tube under the frame to spread the stress, fore and aft of the suspension a couple of feet maybe three feet. It would raise your trailer whatever size of tubing you put in there. Kind of like double framing. Reweld new hangars and suspension components.

Did one many years ago on a triple axle, he was having the same problems on a custom trailer.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:35 PM   #14
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cummins man,

I so sorry you are having to deal with this. This should not happen to a quality product. I'll bet lots of us would like to know how this turns out for you. Please keep us informed as to how Jayco and Dexter treat you, and what repairs you undertake.
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I would consider contacting the HTSB..let them look at it and decide if this is normal and safe..
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I crawled under my 308FBS and everything looks good. I add 2 stab jacks about midway a few years ago to stop all the flex while camping. Maybe that has stopped the problem.
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Had a great holiday weekend camping. Stopped at the Jayco dealer on the way Friday to get an est. for a new roof. He looked at the frame and said he won't be to worryed about it. Just so u all know the last two pictures with the little cracks are my trailer. Big cracks are the neighbers trailer. Must not be thinking but what does HTSB stand for? I'll let u all know what Dexter as to say when I hear from them.
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I crawled under my 308FBS and everything looks good. I add 2 stab jacks about midway a few years ago to stop all the flex while camping. Maybe that has stopped the problem.
My long TT's have middle scissor jacks (or support axle stands on the frame) as well. And, no cracks under my TT's frame either. Perhaps you are onto a positive pattern...
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Heard from Dexter Chassie. They are aware of the issue. Their fix is to weld a piece of C-channel or U-channel on the bottom of frame rail,from frame to frame,or side to side. At the front and rear spring shackles. This is to stiffen the frame. Problem is the frame rail trying to roll when corning.
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Good information to know. Did they say they would fix it for you......free?

May want to ask the moderator to move this update to your original thread, other folks following the original thread may miss the update.

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