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Old 06-30-2014, 02:16 AM   #1
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Cracking RV body

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I recently have had a crack appear under the bedroom slide. I have had trouble since I put a washer and dryer in with the slide. The slide may or may not retract or extend each time I try. I ended up taking out the washer and dryer just to get the slide to go in. The crack appeared when I was traveling. I am so upset!!!! I hate to take my RV back to Explore RV because it will take another 3 months to repair it. Any suggestions of why this would happen? What can be done to repair it. please see pics.

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Old 06-30-2014, 02:23 AM   #2
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Sorry that you have a problem. From what I have seen on the forum this is a first. Can't really tell from the photos where this crack is. A few others have cracked just under the bedroom slide but this looks like a different problem. Don't really have any answers but it is my guess that your dealer can not fix this and the coach would have to go to the service center in Indiana. Sorry.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:13 AM   #3
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It looks like to me that the picture you're showing has been turned vertically. If that's the case don't worry about it too much. They've been putting "H" trim pieces in there after they cut a groove in the fiberglass. Mine wasn't cracking but when it was at the service center they put the "H" in it as a precaution.

Apparently, several RV companies are having this same issue.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:24 AM   #4
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That looks just like how ours cracked. A slight angle towards the front and down. Crossroads service center cut the crack on the driver side and added a channel then I had them do the same on the passenger side at the same angle as that had not crack yet. We were on our way there for first year inspection and Rally anyhow. But the first time you see this its like my coach is breaking in half. But if you think about it it is not a stress crack per say because if it was it would have started from the bottom and went up. Because all the pressure is in the upward motion because of the pin weight. But very scary first time you see it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:24 AM   #5
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At least the crack is pretty straight. They may be able to cut in the H channel without too much gel repair. More concerning would be the issue with the slide not operating correct with the washer and dryer. That may have contributed to the issue.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:31 AM   #6
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The washer and dryer wouldn't have an issue with the slide. Just spray silicone on the tracks of the slide and watch the video on lubricating the motor on the lippert website. The silicone makes a world of difference on how the slide works.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:32 AM   #7
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I've noticed each time I hitch up and start to raise the front legs on the Redwood I get a terrible creaking noise. Keep wondering when I'll see a crack as well...
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:35 AM   #8
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I too have the crack. But frankly the crack is smaller and I think the H fix looks worse. Doesn't really matter. I am across the street from Noble RV in Minneapolis and after 3 visits and 3 phone calls I cannot get hold of the service manager. We will let it go a bit and see how it goes. I did report it to Redwood so at least there is a record of the crack.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:37 AM   #9
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Every once in a while I get that big "pop" in the night from the jacks and the wife nudges me and says "side cracked! " and smiles because she knows that is exactly why I bolted upright in bed
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:32 PM   #10
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After using my Redwood this past weekend, I noticed something that I didn't have before.

Dave6532 - Did Explorer USA get yours fixed? I'm debating on taking it to them or the service center. I just hate to have to leave it at Explorer for at least a month.
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