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Old 08-17-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Tires ate thru wheel well

ATTENTION 2019 (Maybe all) Sport 22 foot owners!!!! The plastic wheel wells deform real easy!!!! I think my insulation pushed the wheel well right into the tire. The tire ate all the way through the wheel well at the contact point. I now have an 8 inch arc cut through the plastic wheel well. The only way I found it was by getting my head under the trailer and eyeballing up through the gap between the tire and the wheel well. I had no indication this was going on. I could not see it from the outside of the trailer. I only have 1900 miles on the trailer, all on hard top roads. No off roading. This is going to be a major repair!!! I canít see any way to remove it except by separating the shell from the trailer frame. Like I said....check yours now!!!! This is a major incursion point for water to get into the trailer!!!!! Iím deadlined until this is fixed. ☹️🤬
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Old 08-17-2019, 11:35 AM   #2
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That’s really lousy, I can feel your pain. Keep us posted as things move along. There are many experts here who might have recommendations regarding repair.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:50 PM   #3
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Any chance of pics?

Could this be a result of a suspension failure?

Did it happen on both sides?

Do you know the gross weight of your Sport?
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:24 PM   #4
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Any chance of pics?



Could this be a result of a suspension failure?



Did it happen on both sides?



Do you know the gross weight of your Sport?


Pics to come. Getting ready to pull that tire. Suspension is good, camper is not leaning. The passenger side wheel well cover is deformed a little and there may be a scuff on it from the tire as well. Trailer weight is 4500lbs. As far as I can determine, either the well-molding was torqued on installation and deformed it or something is pushing it from the inside. Unfortunately, I have to remove the microwave to MAYBE be able to look at the backside. All of the kitchen cabinetry engulfs the wheel well on the inside of the camper. I think itís all going to have to be pulled out, shell lifted, and then the wheel well shell be replaced. Ugly for just a $200 piece of molded plastic.
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This sounds really off and I imagine a warranty issue. Unless you were carrying 10,000 lbs of rocks inside!
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:58 PM   #6
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Never seen anything like it? What about the wheel bearing... if it was bad it would cause the wheel to [——\
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This is what I found after I pulled the tire. Thatís single sided sticky foam rubber plate on the other side of the hole. Maybe it was holding the plastic away from the tire off the assembly line??? I donít know. Anyway, temp fix by taking some Gorilla tape and pushing inward while I applied it. Itís given me about 3/4 of an inch of clearance for now. Off to the dealer for repairs this week. I think a trip to Jackson Center is in my immediate future.
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Never seen anything like it? What about the wheel bearing... if it was bad it would cause the wheel to [óó\


Good idea, but the plastic pops in and out. When itís in, the well looks normal. As soon as I let go of the plastic it pops out against the tire.
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Good idea, but the plastic pops in and out. When itís in, the well looks normal. As soon as I let go of the plastic it pops out against the tire.
That sounds like it was a badly formed well from the factory then.
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One thing I can say almost for certain is that Airstream wont separate the shell to fix that, and nor should they.

I sure as heII wouldn't want to see it done that way if it was my trailer.

They'll patch it and/or back the hole using a type of bonding agent.
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IíM guessing you already checked th other wheel wells for similar damage.

Was there any damage or wear marks on the other tire(s)?
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One thing I can say almost for certain is that Airstream wont separate the shell to fix that, and nor should they.

I sure as heII wouldn't want to see it done that way if it was my trailer.

They'll patch it and/or back the hole using a type of bonding agent.


I hope so. My only worry is the plastic was torqued out of alignment while they mounted it. Unless they release the torque-induced bending, itíll do this over and over again.
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IíM guessing you already checked th other wheel wells for similar damage.



Was there any damage or wear marks on the other tire(s)?


There doesnít appear to be any scuffing in the other wheel well, but the plastic well liner is beginning to deform as well.
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