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Old 09-23-2019, 02:57 AM   #61
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This is not idiotic design, but have seen that in other areas of the TT. While replacing my brake assemblies after a 6k trip, it was discovered that the shackles, bushings and equalizers were very near failure. Lucky us, but I planned to change all out after returning to our home base. Replaced all with Dexter Heavy Duty, and Dexter 4400# brake assemblies (yes 4400#). Before anyone says we have overloaded the TT, it has been on the scales fully loaded for 5 and 6 week trips which are 4 to 6K trips. TT is a 2017 Bullet.



That happened to me on the road before hitting our first campsite, 10 days in Ohio and $1200 later. I won't even put grease in my bearings through the bearing buddy. Uncle was a GMC mechanic for years and says they're garbage.
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:26 AM   #62
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For what we pay, this is ridiculous!!! I agree if everyone starts complaining loudly, improvements might be made. I would imagine that the factory warranty costs are extremely high. Buy a share of Thor stock and let them know your feelings.
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:04 PM   #63
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The supports for the table top conversion to a bed were stapled in, and one of the supports gave way, causing the table top to fall... you would think that for supports that the table top rests on when using it as a bed, would be better served using screws and a good glue.

We had the same happen in our previous trailer from another manufacturer. It was the wood molding around the table top that let go, dumping my 84-year-old mother. It too was only stapled and glued, and the collapse tore some of the formica off the table top as well.

On my current trailer, one of the first things I did was to get some ABS pipe and make alternative posts for the table at the right height for when it is in bed position. They both slide inside one of the stock aluminum legs, so it's very convenient.

I have still learned not to put anybody on it heavier than a kid.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:07 PM   #64
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For what we pay, this is ridiculous!!! I agree if everyone starts complaining loudly, improvements might be made. I would imagine that the factory warranty costs are extremely high. Buy a share of Thor stock and let them know your feelings.
For the typical 4 to 5 trips per year family, I think these coaches are designed to hold up (somewhat) just enough to make it through a few seasons without major failures. Unfortunately, for many of us RVers, we expect more out of (and do more with) our trailers than the typical family. Strenuous cross country trips, rough washboard BLM roads, oppressive heat and sun in the south, freeze and thaw cycles in the north. This is reality and these conditions are what causes issues to show up quickly. Unfortunately, quality control is practically non-existent in the plants. And that's not about to change. Profitizing is priority number 1 as the economy continues to be robust.

My crystal ball is a bit blurry now but I wish I could see how the processes (and RV industry as a whole) change when the next big correction happens. Most obviously, the buyers won't be there. The used market will be flooded with the tired coaches as unemployment rises. Will it be a future of plant consolidations, closures, and shutterings? And after the dust settles, does the industry rebuild into something better for those patiently waiting?
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:06 AM   #65
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I wish that the trailer on the assembly line could be moved out of reach of the staple gun when screws should be installed. (I know it is not that simple). First line supervisors should do their jobs with diligence and care.
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:13 AM   #66
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I wish that the trailer on the assembly line could be moved out of reach of the staple gun when screws should be installed. (I know it is not that simple). First line supervisors should do their jobs with diligence and care.
I concur. My interior ceiling panels, trim moulding, and roof decking do too!
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:14 AM   #67
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I wish that the trailer on the assembly line could be moved out of reach of the staple gun when screws should be installed. (I know it is not that simple). First line supervisors should do their jobs with diligence and care.
Sorry I think they are too busy coordinating when the combines will be on their land.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:18 PM   #68
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Since it's all about number of units finished dictates quitting time, speed is king. Quality be dam....darned.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:37 PM   #69
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We took our Pastor and his Wife up to the Upper Peninsula last year in our 2018 Bullet Premier. We had a great time, but did have one major problem with the RV.
The supports for the table top conversion to a bed were stapled in, and one of the supports gave way, causing the table top to fall. Luckily we had a piece of plywood that fit under the support, after we re-attached it to the cabinet wall, and rested against the floor, so no more problem with the "bed",
After coming home, the Wife and I used screws in all three supports , which work a hell of a lot better than staples.
I understand their use of staples, which are faster for attaching, but you would think that for supports that the table top rests on when using it as a bed, would be better served using screws and a good glue.
All in all, we are happy with our RV so far.
I have same trailer as you and I wondered about all the weight put on the tabletop when used as a bed. I went to local hardware store and bought some PVC pipe. I cut the pipe to fit where support tubes for table go when the table is lowered unto bed. Tabletop now supported in the middle and keeps top from flexing in middle and possibly cracking
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