Forest River - Undersized Axles!!!

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We bought a 2013 Forest River Cherokee pull behind trailer and took one trip in it and when we were on our way back home we stopped and noticed our tires were twisting.When we got to a near by gas station we saw that the tires were balding already and we had only traveled in it once.

When we called the dealership they said it was caused by undersized axles. When we looked at the weight sticker on the trailer it said dry weight was 6,920lbs and we had two axles that each held 3500lbs. Which equals to 7,000lbs. We only had 80lbs till it was maxed and that is dry weight which means without the water full and luggage!

The good thing was we called Forest River and the guy told us to buy new tires and they would compensate us for the tires so we didn't risk having a blow out. Which they did compensate us for the tires. But now they are refusing to fix the axles!? That's the whole issue!

It's still under warranty and they refuse to fix something that is obviously their problem! We took the trailer in to 3 different Forest River mechanic shops and all 3 lead mechanics agreed that the axles are too small. When we had the tires replaced the owner of the tire shop even said that the wear on the tires was caused by the undersized axles flexing. If you are having problems like this please contact us.

We are trying to file a class action law suit and we only need 3 people that are having similar problems.You can email me at rhondaandsteve@yahoo.com

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randy

Aug 06 #1195687 Elk Grove, California, United States

SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2015 SALEM , REAR AXLE TIRES ARE WORN DOWN TO THE CORDS, LIPPERT TELLS ME I OVERLOADED THE TRAILER, NOT....TRL WEIGHT IS 6680 AND 980 POUNDS ARE WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE ABLE TO CARRY, THO WE NEVER DO AS THAT WOULD PUT THE TRL AT 7680 POUNDS OR AROUND 700 POUNDS OVER WEIGHT, FOREST RIVER TELLS ME TO CONTACT LIPPERT BUT ITS NOT A LIPPERT PROBLEM, FOREST RIVER PUTS THESE UNDER RATED AXLES ON THESE TRAILERS WHICH ARE TO WEAK FOR THE WEIGHT OF THE TRAILER, I SAY FOREST RIVER SHOULD BE LIABLE NOT LIPPERT. IM WAY UPSET THAT NEITHER COMPANY WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF THIS MATTER.

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terry

Jul 25 #1189848 Acton, Massachusetts, United States

Hello
I bought my forest River a year and half ago. I have had the tires wear out all on the inside of my camper. I had to buy new ones it cost over $500.00. I had the dealer send a request for Forest River to repair this problem. they clearly sent a refusal back. I am wondering how I can help you and myself.
Terry

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Anonymous

Jun 01 #1167478

Wow! this is exactly what my brand new 2016 Wikdwood T27RKSS purchased just 2.5 weeks ago and has only been on one local trip to learn the camper. It currently sits in the dealers garage getting a AC compressor replaced. I pointed it out to them and they just said that was normal.......I'm not liking what I'm seeing.....

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Mel

Aug 29 #1205253 Lyman, Wyoming, United States

It will be at the shop for the redt of its life. Good luck. Plumbing issues, be very aware of the fridge. 7 timrs told nothing wrong. Lost 3 loads of wild game meat. Then the amonia leak. Told company we were pulling our families casket.

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Anonymous

Apr 18 #1146522

Same problem 2013 Cherokee can't believe they push the limit on those axels like that. I'm going to put 5000lb axels on mine.

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Anonymous

Mar 22 #1132162

April 16, 2014 you had made a post regarding Forest River and undersized axles. We have a 2014 Salem Cruise Lite we purchased July 2014 and by August 2015 we noticed the same thing you mentioned....Oddly worn tire tread on inside of wheel, apparent bending of the tire and swaying in the axle. We were told the same thing you were, undersized axles. First pictures sent to Forest River and they said the trailer was over-weighted....unlikely as we only go local and keep it empty and in indoor storage from October to April. We are now in the process of second pictures being taken and sent. What was your outcome?
David and Monique Koester
Michigan

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Anonymous

Mar 07 #1123397 Weslaco, Texas, United States

WE HAVE A BUMPER TO BUMPER DISASTER ON WHEELS FOREST RIVER 2013 5TH WHEEL. AXLE PROBLEMS AND BROKEN LEAF SPRINGS AND WORN TIRES ALL AT OUR EXPENSE AS WARRANTY DEPT DOES NOT ANSWER YOUR E MAILS AND PROMISES MEAN NOTHING . NEVER AGAIN A FOREST RIVER PRODUCT.NEVER.
WE ARE CONSIDERING CLASS LAW SUIT.

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Anonymous

Feb 27 #1118856

Buy new tires that was your first mistake, have them come out and replace the axes, springs and tires.
Good luck getting it done.

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Anonymous

Mar 16 #1128691

We want to see about a class action suit action suit with Forest River. They have nothing but junk and not taken care of there problems. Elaine Hible ehible46@gmail.com contact me please.

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RANDY

Jul 18 #1186823 Elk Grove, California, United States

HAVE A 2015 SALEM T27RLSS EXPERIENCEING THE AXLE PROBLEMS SHOWN, HAVENT GOT A RESPONSE FROM FOREST RIVER OR THE DEALER, GOT 1 NEW TIRE AND RIM FROM THE DEALER AND THEY NEVER MENTIONED AN AXLE PROBLEM, THEN I LOOKED IT UP ONLINE AND WAS VERY UPSET.

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Anonymous

Sep 18, 2014 #872129

I had the same problem with my 2008 I think someone should go after them we had tom pay out of pocket

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Robin

Sep 01, 2014 #864272

I believe this may have been a recall.
However, we had one recall on the lights. Our shower strip along the bottom which makes the water run back into the shower was installed backwards (so all the water ran onto the bathroom floor). They did fix this after a bit.
We used the camper one time and parked it due to personal reasons. We just went to use it after being parked in the driveway for about 1 1/2 yrs and the side by the door came apart driving down the highway. Not good.

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AJ1

May 26, 2014 #820358

It would appear your axles are twisting in the pictures because the trailer is not on level ground. That is what they are supposed to do. If they didn't, one or more tires would be off the ground..... Seems this should be common sense...

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Anonymous

May 26, 2014 #820369

Thanks AJ1 but if you notice they are sitting on a cement parking lot. Which was level. Also we have had several experts in this field tell us that it is an issue with the axles. Common sense tells me I should go with them.

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Anonymous

May 27, 2014 #820518

AJ1 since this post Forest River has realized their mistake and are now replacing the axles on my camper. Im satisfied with that.

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