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Old 07-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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@all, thanks for the tips on the battery life. We upgraded from the series 27 to the series 72 battery. It's supposedly lasts longer. I haven't had a chance to really run it through the ringer yet.

Right now the dealership has the trailer and will be fixing it on warranty, but I am still worried about the axles not being strong enough to handle the trailer. Our last trip was our longest and it was all highway. We didn't pull any water. The RV Park was a block off the highway. My wife and I did a "Tour of Alberta (Tour de l'Alberta)" ride of 100k and our 2 younger kids (8 and 10) did a 5k. Other than dishes, sleeping bags, etc., the bikes were on the back of the trailer (only the two big ones, the kids bikes were in the back of the truck). The axles still should not have had these problems.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #12
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I talked with the dealership today. They feel Dutchmen is putting on axles too small for the larger ultralites. They have requested to use the same axles found on the Denali's. We shall see.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:21 AM   #13
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Just got back from a visit from the local RV dealer just kicking some tires and seeing what is new...not a Dutchmen dealer...as we don't have one. On one of the ultra light units with a double axel the GVW was 7461 lbs...the tires were 14. in with a max load rating of 1760 lbs. So the max rating for tires 7040lb. I talked to to the sales rep that the tires were rated less than the trailer GVW...she said they have been selling this product and have never had an issue. She then try to find out what the axel ratings were...I explained to here if the tires were rated less for the trailer GVW.... the axel rating doesn' matter as the tires will fail first. She said she would talk to the factory rep about this and thank me for bringing this to her attention. The trailer was a Surveyor Sport Travel Trailer Model SP-260 from forest river. I checked my tires they were rated the same at 1760 lbs but my trailer's GVW is only 5400 lb. needless to say my preference is still a Dutchmen product but if and when I uppgrade to a larger unit I will make sure the tires and axels meet or exceed the GVW ratings on the TT.
The TT we looked at was a Surveyor Sport Travel Trailers Model SP-260.

Thanks to Hawkeye64 for bringing this issue up..as I would never have checked or thought about it..as I would have trusted the manufacturer.

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:26 AM   #14
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http://www.crva.ca/
I sent a note to the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association about the under rated tires compared to the GVW rating ...will let u folks know what, if any response I get. I do not have an E mail address for Forest River so wasn't able to send them one.
I hope this isn't more snake oil especially when the safety of the motoring public is involved. Just my thoughts.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #15
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I talked with one of the mechanics at the dealership and he said Hurricane Katrina was to blame. He explained that when FEMA ran out of trailers, they passed some quickie laws allowing trailer manufacturers to "skimp", thus allowing them from building 11-15 trailers a day in a factory to 30-35 trailers a day. These supposed laws have a 10 year life and the manufacturers are still following them. I think perhaps some may be and others may be doing it right. I am quite upset at Dutchmen right now. It's obvious the axles are not sufficient for that particular trailer.
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