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Old 06-06-2017, 03:32 PM   #1
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WARNING: Voltage 3950 broken frame cross-member

I was doing some plumbing on my 2011 3950. I opened up the underbelly and discovered to my dismay that the cross-member right at the front spring hanger has broken. From the looks of the rust and wear on the broken pieces, it has been this way for a while. If you can, I recommend checking yours.




Note that the other end of this cross-brace is attached but that some of the web rods are broken too.



I'm currently discussing repairs with Lippert and Dutchmen.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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Glad you found it this way and not the hard way...
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Would you notify NTSB or NHTA This looks like it might be this way in many units.
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Would you notify NTSB or NHTA This looks like it might be this way in many units.
The thing I really want to understand is if this was caused by an installation error. The cross-member has a slot in it - it looks to me like that tab should have gone on TOP of the frame rail and not be bent down like you see in the first photo. I've had eyes on 4 of these joints on my rig and the tabs are all bent down.

As it's installed, there is a 1/4" gap between this cross-member and the underside of the floor. It seems to me that it should be supporting the floor.
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The thing I really want to understand is if this was caused by an installation error. The cross-member has a slot in it - it looks to me like that tab should have gone on TOP of the frame rail and not be bent down like you see in the first photo. I've had eyes on 4 of these joints on my rig and the tabs are all bent down.

As it's installed, there is a 1/4" gap between this cross-member and the underside of the floor. It seems to me that it should be supporting the floor.
I have x rayed a few rigs and they all are built like that. Not saying right or wrong

The position of that tab above or below the top frame rail is not the reason for your failure. You state this is at the front spring hanger. Most likely from frame flex, and guaranteed so if its a tri axel.

Once you fix that, I would fabricate or purchase Mor Ryde X braces to go between all spring hangers.
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