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Posted: 06/22/19 09:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From a Facebook post.

"A friend of mines Chevy Colorado with 10k miles was towing a 2100# camp trailer on a dirt road and hit a bump. This is the result. GM sent out an “investigator” 6 weeks later and has denied any warranty claims. They state the “the truck has 1” taller tires as the first reason. The second reason is the trailer is 2100 pounds, in the owners manual it states that trailers over 2k pound should have brakes. (Towing capacity listed as 5k) Since hit trailer is 100 pounds overweight and doesn’t have brakes that’s what the frame bent. No other damage to truck.
GM’s investigator took trailer to a certified CAT scale. Trailer is 2100lbs. Tongue weight is 347lbs.
Think twice about that Colorado purchase if you actually use your truck as a truck."

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Edit:After doing a quick Google search of "Colorado bent frame", it appears that this guy is not alone with several people pasting about bent or cracked frames in the Colorado/Canyon forums at roughly the same spot. 

* This post was edited 06/22/19 10:37pm by ShinerBock *

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Posted: 06/22/19 09:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I notice some fuel containers strapped to the trailer.. That can add a lot of weight. Were they full when this happened? When it was weighed?
I also see that the truck has a shell... More weight, and what was in the bed under that shell?
I doubt it was empty. Too much load for that truck.



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Posted: 06/22/19 10:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Hit a bump" translation: jumped the truck. Or worse.

Very little on Facebook is accurate.


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Although I completely disagree with adjuster's reasoning for disapproving the claim, I do not believe that this problem is a GM issue. For that type of damage, I'd think your friend was hot dogging it along that dirt road and when he hit that "bump" the damage resulted. Way too fast for that dirt road. I owned a Colorado that had a cap on it. We pulled it to Alaska at least 4 times with overload springs and way over it's posted GVW without ever having a problem. Sorry, but if you must run outside a vehicle's limits, you need to make appropriate adjustments to your driving habits. I don't think this individual did that.


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Posted: 06/22/19 10:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After doing a quick Google search of "Colorado bent frame", it appears that this guy is not alone with several people pasting about bent or cracked frames in the Colorado/Canyon forums at roughly the same spot.

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Posted: 06/22/19 11:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not enough information, in my view, to make an informed decision.

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Posted: 06/23/19 12:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[emoticon] Hi, my guess is that the driver hit a very hard bump causing the entire trailer to leave the ground; This put 2,100 lbs. directly on the hitch / receiver.


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Posted: 06/23/19 03:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lippert now making gm frames ? [emoticon]

And has anybody noticed the extended hitch that would decrease load capability and put more leverage on the frame?

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Sh*t happens, that's why you buy insurance.


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Posted: 06/23/19 05:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

newman fulltimer wrote:

Lippert now making gm frames ? [emoticon]

And has anybody noticed the extended hitch that would decrease load capability and put more leverage on the frame?

Lippert makes frames out of tin foil and welds them together with Elmer's glue. My 2010 Cougar 5th wheel frame failed when the RV was 1 year old. The pin box welds failed while traveling down the interstate and dropped the RV on the bed of my truck. JUNK!


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