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Old 10-16-2014, 06:37 PM   #11
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Welcome to the stress crack family !!!

Ours is in the shop for that...

Been told it is just cosmetic and they will put something like a highway 'expansion joint' there...
we'll see !
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:47 PM   #12
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The stress joint was added to our 36RL about four months ago. It seems to be working fine. The fracture we experienced was not as pronounced as the one in the picture. But, I monitor this forum regularly which alerted me to watch for this problem. One word of warning, this may be an isolated incident but shortly after that stress joint was added, the slide mechanism just above the repair 'broke a tooth' and had to be replaced. $1100 for that dude!
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:04 PM   #13
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Does anyone have a good pic of the fix?
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:30 PM   #14
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Keystone suffered from this issue a decade ago, so they started adding the flex joint in production.

I'm just not sure why it took so long for Redwood to learn this. As I understand the new models have this joint.



I think Dave has pictures of his fix from the service center.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:40 PM   #15
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I'm sure mine will eventually crack. I've noticed a lot of cracking noise the last few months when hooking up the Redwood to the truck. It's definitely from the flexing stresses that's involved when attaching the pin to the hitch and supporting the trailer from the nose.

My luck it'll happen when I'm far away from a Redwood dealer...
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I'm not sure if it comes from the deflection up from suspending on the pin box when hitched, or if its just the weight and action down from the slide.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:14 PM   #17
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That Keystone fix won't work on the RWs because our cracks go off at 45* angle, more or less.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:16 PM   #18
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If Redwood had the flex joint at the factory, they wouldn't crack at all. Without the flex joint, the cracks pick random directions.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:55 PM   #19
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Well if they do have the joint, it's concealed, at least in ours. I hope it IS there.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:21 PM   #20
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Believe me, it's not. A flex joint is visible.
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