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Posted: 06/27/12 02:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Background:
I bought a new 2010 Keystone Cougar 5th Wheel (322QBS model) in Feb 2010. Here (Canada) the RV season doesn't start until May because of the snow. So, in May and June, we took the unit out for a total of 3 short weekend get-away type trips. Then, in July 2010, our 4th trip was a total of about 1000 miles from Canada to Coeur D'Alene Idaho. And that's when the frame failed on my new RV. LINK TO ORIGINAL THREAD - W/PICS

Anyway, when we got home from that disaster of a trip, I contacted Transport Canada (equivalent to NHTSA in the USA) to report the defect and safety issue.

Yesterday, I got a follow up email from Transport Canada.

Apparently, there have been more failures reported. They actually have an open investigation into Keystone and Forest River RV frame failures, all involving Lippert Frames.

LINK to Transport Canada's website listing investigations.

I have been in contact with the person that emailed me from Transport Canada.

A pre-trip inspection is a good idea.

* This post was last edited 06/27/12 07:20pm by ib516 *   View edit history


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Posted: 06/27/12 02:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for the info ib, good to know.


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Posted: 06/27/12 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LOL
Maybe they can relay the correct procedure in welding from your photos onto Lippert The guy that fixed yours is no longer there, JFYI
All kidding aside have a nice trip.
And oh yeah, didn't notice any CP4 listings. The beamer's were for the electrical system. I think there might be something to the fuel quality between US standards and Canadian standards.


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Posted: 06/27/12 02:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A suggestion: If you change the subject title to 'Lippert Frames' it might catch the eye of more people who may be affected.


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Posted: 06/27/12 02:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mockturtle wrote:

A suggestion: If you change the subject title to 'Lippert Frames' it might catch the eye of more people who may be affected.



..If he changes the title, his post just might get deleted.....

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Posted: 06/27/12 04:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So am I reading this correctly.....it took 2 years to get a follow up email from Transport Canada?????

Yikes!!


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pjhansman wrote:

So am I reading this correctly.....it took 2 years to get a follow up email from Transport Canada?????

Yikes!!


At least he got a reply.

NHTSB isn't interested in 'towables'.......only motorized vehicles.


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Posted: 06/27/12 05:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I got feedback immediately upon notifying them, but it was more of an "ok, we'll file that one until..."

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Well, it appears "until" may have arrived.

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Posted: 06/27/12 06:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Of course "opening and investigation" means just that. They (obviously) think that too many frame failures have been reported.
The outcome of the investigation will be interesting, will they find, as some here insist, that the high number of failures reported is due to the high number of frames installed.... or will they find that most other builders have near zero frame failure rate and Lippert actually has a number of them.

Me, I'm betting on the latter. The only frame issues I can recall hearing about are Libbert.


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Posted: 06/27/12 06:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are considering sending me an accelerometer to install in the RV to collect data while I travel.. Turns out the representative I spoke to and I have a common associate through the Collision Reconstruction community.

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