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Old 06-29-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Side skirts flapping

Since we have so many new owners on here, I thought I would re-post something from long ago.

It's not uncommon to notice the lower skirts of these trailers flopping in the wind while they're being pulled down the road. This is caused by the self tapping screws coming loose from the brackets. To solve this problem, I went to the hardware store and bought the following (all stainless steel):

size 10-32x3/4 machine screws (box of 100 $14.99)
size 10-32 stop nuts (nylon bushed) (box of 100 $19.49)
size 5/32 X 7/8 flat washers (box of 100 $13.49)

Remove all the self tapping screws and slightly drill out the hole making them bigger. Put the above mentioned screws, washers and nuts in their place and the problem is solved for ever. These will not vibrate loose.

I have also put the same system on my fender skirts but with smaller washers.
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^ Is this something we should HAVE to do in a high dollar rig?
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Dave, you forgot to mention the added aluminium straps to brace the fenders. I know there are pictures of this on here some where but don't remember where. It does make a world of difference. Jerry you are right we shouldn't have to do this but it's a case of they build these on an assembly line and cheap screws are quicker.
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Shouldn't have to do it on a low dollar rig - just part of the hobby.

Seems to always be this illusion that high dollar equals high quality! Oxymoron in the RV industry.
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Shouldn't have to do it on a low dollar rig - just part of the hobby.

Seems to always be this illusion that high dollar equals high quality! Oxymoron in the RV industry.
So, when you give close to 100k for an object, you don't expect top quality? The more I give for something, the more quality I expect. That's why I keep a lawyer handy.
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Dave, you forgot to mention the added aluminium straps to brace the fenders. I know there are pictures of this on here some where but don't remember where. It does make a world of difference. Jerry you are right we shouldn't have to do this but it's a case of they build these on an assembly line and cheap screws are quicker.
The very reason I keep a lawyer on stand by, to take care of these problems, and others. If I pay premium dollars for something, it better be premium quality.
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So, when you give close to 100k for an object, you don't expect top quality? The more I give for something, the more quality I expect. That's why I keep a lawyer handy.
I didn't pay close to 100K number 1, and number 2, you would be wrong to assume a Cadillac Escalade is higher quality than the government version Tahoe, just because you paid premium dollar for the Cadillac. Open the hood, still just a Chevy, just higher price gadgets and finish. (not picking on Chev guys, just an example).

There are top quality units out there, but expect to pay twice that to get much less. I carry a battery operated drill and a few nails, instead of a lawyer. I suspect I stress much less than you might. If you've already lawyered up, you might just put your money to backing out of your order and look for something else, or you will never get through the PDI.
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I didn't pay close to 100K number 1, and number 2, you would be wrong to assume a Cadillac Escalade is higher quality than the government version Tahoe, just because you paid premium dollar for the Cadillac. Open the hood, still just a Chevy, just higher price gadgets and finish. (not picking on Chev guys, just an example).

There are top quality units out there, but expect to pay twice that to get much less. I carry a battery operated drill and a few nails, instead of a lawyer. I suspect I stress much less than you might. If you've already lawyered up, you might just put your money to backing out of your order and look for something else, or you will never get through the PDI.
I "lawyered up" on my junk 2014 Rushmore. That's why I'm giving them a chance on this 2015 Redwood. These RV companies, whether you like it or not, are bound to federal warranty laws. I don't dole out good money, and "work" on junk. If they expect luxury dollars, I expect luxury quality. FTR, I "lemon lawed" a junky Cadillac also. If these guys want to charge me more money, they better give me my money's worth, I'm not easy. It's an easy concept though, If I "give someone more money for better quality, I expect them to give me better quality". I have bought other Thor products, with minimal problems, with a lot less money. I am paying for at least the same amount of minimal problems, but with a more classy look. I pay for it, I expect it.
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Dave,thanks, it's the little fixes that everyone shares that keeps us going, and always a good thing for new folks. Jerry, you may be forever in lawyer mode my friend. I've owned them all, and very few things were ever perfect. I've seen 2 million dollar rigs with non working a/c, bad trim work, lousy Chinese tires. I really hope you are happy with your RW and have a great dealer. These are houses moving down the road, things will break and the roads will find the weakest link. My good friend is giving up on his RW after a year. Why? Because he isn't willing to fix the little things and believes that if he moves up to a Allegro Bus all his problems will disappear.
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I "lawyered up" on my junk 2014 Rushmore. That's why I'm giving them a chance on this 2015 Redwood. These RV companies, whether you like it or not, are bound to federal warranty laws. I don't dole out good money, and "work" on junk. If they expect luxury dollars, I expect luxury quality. FTR, I "lemon lawed" a junky Cadillac also. If these guys want to charge me more money, they better give me my money's worth, I'm not easy. It's an easy concept though, If I "give someone more money for better quality, I expect them to give me better quality". I have bought other Thor products, with minimal problems, with a lot less money. I am paying for at least the same amount of minimal problems, but with a more classy look. I pay for it, I expect it.
Good luck! I'll be camping while you're in court I'll let you use your money to change the industry, I'm too tired.
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