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Posted: 09/27/05 07:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi

For those who have bent Norco frames, Fox news in San Deigo did a news story about the bent Norco frames ( concerning the units being bought for Katrina Victims ).
Click on this link, then scroll down to the link " Trailer troubles ".
http://www.fox6.com/video/

This might be helpful reference material in your fight to get your bent frames replaced.

Again, please DO NOT post anything about any lawsuits or any other legal action you might be taking (in this thread), or the Mod's here will lock it up.

Here is a pic of the frame in question. Mine is painted a light grey in color ( not the dark color shown ).


Edited: Adding a couple photo's and some links to other threads with same problem.






I asked another owner to send me photo's of his, and this was his responce when he seen the above photos:
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WOW!

Jim I don't need to send the pictures as you seem to already have copies. What I mean is that the pics you have posted are almost identical to my trailer. Absolutely amazing they are so identical.


Here are some links to the threads that have been posted on this issue:

http://www.aeroliteforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=302

http://www.aeroliteforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=186

http://www.aeroliteforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=288

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15928496.cfm


In this thread here on RV.net, the owner of the Jayco I speak of above, posts his problems. During this thread, there are a couple others stating the same problem:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseac........hread/tid/16193194/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1

A 2004 Wanderer Wagon ( made by Thor ). Bent frame, but I dont know what kind of frame this unit uses:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseac........d/15990621/gotomsg/16148038.cfm#16148038

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This is amazing ,, these companies should be shut down. What happened to pride in this country. The government probably sold it to China with the rest of the USA. Let's keep importing all this foreign crap.


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Posted: 09/27/05 08:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Importing??? The trailers nor the frames are imported. Please, lets keep this on topic.

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benr0 wrote:

Only Dutchman mentioned in the report.


Dutchmen is mentioned, and Dutchmen is the manufacture of many different trailer brands ( including Aerolite and Kodiak ). I mentioned Jayco in the title, because I have heard of a Jayco with the same problem.

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Only Dutchman mentioned in the report.


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A Coachmen Capi owner with the Norco frame watching!


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Bad thing about this is, now everyone (even those that know NOTHING about RVing in general) will see this article, and think that ALL RV trailers are nothing but death traps.

All us TT owners will get looks and comments like Ford Explorer owners got back in the early 1990s. We'll have to explain 50 million times, that its only a select few trailers with a specific frame that MIGHT have a problem, and no, RV trailers in general are NOT all on frames that are going to collapse.

I remember it happened also, back when the ball joint issue 'became public' with the Dodge Durangos. Those were some of the best trucks, we loved ours. But, one problem gets the attention of a news team, and suddenly they are all garbage and resale value on them goes in the toilet.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not one that thinks the truth about this should be 'hidden' from the media, and from what I've read, I have no doubt there probably is a problem with (some of) those BAL frames. And, this article will certainly force BAL (and other manufacturers) to stop denying the problem, and resolve it. Thats great.

Still, I get annoyed with the way the media frequently embellishes and stretches the truth on these things, to make something news-worthy. That frequently results in a lot of mis-information being spread. Sure hope that doesn't happen here. If it does, a lot of trailer's resale value will go down the toilet, in many cases for no reason.


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TravelinNana wrote:

We have had Jayco for years and have not heard of any frame problems except for one isolated incident which was the owner's fault. We know many who would stand behind their Jayco trailers. Not to say that there might be a problem with some, but we investigated this and could not find any reports bad on them.


I am sure there are many happy Jayco owners. I am only making those with the BAL Norco frames, aware of a potential problem. I know of 4 Aerolites, 1 Kodiak and 1 Jayco...all of them 30'ers, all of them with bent Norco frames and trailers that are falling apart because of it. This is not counting the 1 family in california that was stranded ( in that news report ). Defently NOT an isolated incident.

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I watched the above video link...the reporter did not "embellish" anything. He even had a family who were stranded after only a couple hundred miles when thier brand spanking new trailer ( with a Bal Norco frame ) buckled. There is many frame problems documented already, and that was the reason of this particular news report. Dutchman has even made one unhappy family turn thier problem into thier insurance company ( denying there is a frame problem ). Now this poor family is going to pay higher insurance due to a very large claim. SURELY not fair practices going on here.

I have posted this a few times. I always mention it is the Bal Norco light weight frames and the longer trailer lenths ( 27' + ) that are in question. So you will not find any "mis-information" coming from my end.

As for this killing the re-sale value of my trailer ( I have a Bal Norco frame ), then oh well. I'd rather lose a little then, and know I did what I could to keep some other family from ending up with a $20,000 dead horse, or worse, a death from an accident happening because of a trailer buckling while going 70mph down the freeway.

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We have had Jayco for years and have not heard of any frame problems except for one isolated incident which was the owner's fault. We know many who would stand behind their Jayco trailers. Not to say that there might be a problem with some, but we investigated this and could not find any reports bad on them.


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