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Old 06-14-2024, 05:58 PM   #1
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Broken wall

Well, Iím 3 days into a 2 month trip to Alaska and Iím not sure what to do here.

The bottom of the wall is pushed out a bit and the luann is broken. Itís next to the main slide.

Outside shows no damage. Pushing on the outside wall it has an ever so slight give. Pushing on the inside has no give at all. Slide moved in and out fine and no movement when it reaches fully out or in.

Iím going to press on. If I see an RV dealer I might swing in for an opinion but would like to hear from anyone here that might have some expertise.
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Old 06-14-2024, 06:21 PM   #2
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What type of slide mechanism is it?
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Old 06-14-2024, 07:18 PM   #3
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The type where the motor is underneath.

Rack and pinion.
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Old 06-15-2024, 06:19 AM   #4
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If I was to guess I would say there is a failed weld at the base of the wall. Most likely the slide will have to come out to repair. JMHO YMMV

Slide may be out of adjustment on that side, causing the issue
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Old 06-15-2024, 06:32 AM   #5
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Take a look at the photos in post #9 in the thread located here: https://www.keystoneforums.com/forum...ht=broken+weld

I'd suspect that your cracked luan is a result of the base sill still being secure to your trailer floor and the upright aluminum tubing welds being "broken away from the base sill"....

It may have been caused by a "bent chassis frame" as in the trailer in that link, or it may have been caused by other issues. At any rate, it looks like your sidewall aluminum uprights on that side of the slide have broken away from the sidewall bottom plate sill.

Like Chuck posted, it's not a simple repair and the slide will probably need to be removed to get things aligned and rewelded/repaired.

Hopefully you're still within the structural warranty time frame and Keystone will honor that warranty. At this point, I would consider finding a Keystone dealer and get Keystone's advice on whether to do repairs NOW or delay the repairs until after your trip. Keep in mind that towing the Alcan is a stressful road that can damage a perfectly fine trailer. What it might do to your trailer in this condition is anybody's guess.... I'd suspect that if Keystone knew you had this damage and continued the trip, they might deny repairs under warranty...

I know it's a TERRIBLE situation to be in, but I wouldn't risk an expensive repair if Keystone says not to continue the trip....

Then, you MIGHT have some recourse with your insurance company, but that may be denied if the warranty is denied....

I'd get Keystone's recommendations before proceeding much further !!!!!
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Old 06-18-2024, 10:19 PM   #6
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So wanted to give an update. I hav either been busy or not had cell access.

I googled RV places and there happened to be a repair shop in town that was open on Saturdays. We stopped in as soon as we could get packed up. He took a loot and claimed that the triangle shaped brackets welded to the frame that supports the floor that extended past it are bent, allowing the wall to sag. I couldn't see or feel a bend. Not sure how a triangle bends.... but I was not in the right frame of mind and I didn't argue. Based on that theory he suggested I turn back. After I explained this was not just a vacation but my wife's dying wish for me to take our girls on a trip of a lifetime and there was no redo, due to other outside factors, it was now or never. That got him to listen to my idea's of a temp fix just to get me through the trip. The most plausible was lifting the sunken area and weld in angle iron to hold it. He did not have metal and would be Monday.
His suggestion was to get to Edmonton and go to one of the dealers. They are open later than places in the States. I made it to a Keystone dealer 20 minutes before the service department closed. The tech said that the floor was cut longer than the brackets allowing the floor to sag. His opinion is that I was safe to continue, but to take it easy.

Honestly I was and am on the same track as the thread posted by JRTJH that a weld broke. I further think this as when we got to the campground last night the wall shifted back and now it's relatively flush again.

Since I had posted the same images in a Keystone group on Facebook Keystone reached out to me. We exchanged messages and the last I heard is they were going to check with technicians on their end and get back to me. I am in an area with zero cell service and only the very slow wifi from the campground I'm at but I have not heard back from Keystone since roughly noon Monday.

All this to say I am continuing on. As I said, it was my wife's dying wish. If I knew with 100% certainty I could do it next summer I'd turn around and go home. But I can't. It's now or never. I'm resourceful. If it gets worse and I have to leave the trailer and stay in hotels and pick it up on the way back then that's what I'll do.

If Keystone or insurance won't fix I'll do it myself. I own 2 forklifts and can take the slide out if I need too. I have contacts that know excellent welders or I can bolt in braces.

Once I'm home and get it into my dealer I'll provide updates. In the mean time if anyone wants to follow along I've made a blog. Mainly as a journal for myself but so many friends and family wanted to follow along as well.

https://papabearandhisthreecubs.blogspot.com
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Old 06-19-2024, 11:10 AM   #7
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GOOD LUCK !!!! Enjoy your trip and under the circumstances, I'm fairly sure that I'd be making the same choices as you... Make every minute count while you still have the minutes !!!
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Old 06-19-2024, 11:14 AM   #8
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GOOD LUCK !!!! Enjoy your trip and under the circumstances, I'm fairly sure that I'd be making the same choices as you... Make every minute count while you still have the minutes !!!
Very well stated, I agree 100%
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Old 06-19-2024, 12:29 PM   #9
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Brant like the fellas above, I'd be doing the same thing. Read your blog - continue it then be sure and keep it, you will really appreciate it one day. Good luck to you, have fun and let us know the results when you get back.
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Old 06-19-2024, 03:32 PM   #10
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Admirable what you are doing with your 3 girls. Unfortunately you are having issues with the camper, but when the trip is done, all you will remember is the great memories you have with your children. Enjoy them while they are at that age, they grow up fast.
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