Originally Posted by Mexray
...I don't think the 'stress crack' issue is germane to most AS models...
Usually, from what I've read, it would be more of an issue with the 30+ ft models - and among those, the 25+ years old when models were offered with a 'heavy' rear bath layout...
my guess is that the OP is referring to this thread...
(along with the long repetitive core row sun
you might wanna skip ahead to post 103 or so,
where the pix are posted of crazyz cracks.
and since both he and his wife are geologist, they surely know a crack when it's seen.
and there are a dozen or more OTHER threads on cracks around the storage doors, front skin and aroudn windows on NEWER streams...
perhaps 100s of newer units have had compartment door cracks repaired or panel doors replaced.
many threads on this.
there are also many who have had cracks over the ENTRY DOOR going back to the 80s units,
with the early use of "newer alcoa skins" and after the alcad era.
in fact there are dozens of threads discussing how to 'stop drill' cracks on older trailer too.
almost every company/dealer/service explanation BLAMES the owner or their properly sized tow vehicle.
why accept responsibility when there are so many ways to blame the buyer/user?
while rear end separation is common on early 70s units (from rust, poorly engineered holding tanks and rear baths)
these are old used trailer, so they SHOULD have issues and do.
the current problemz are with NEWer units, as in 90s and beyond.
it's got nothing to do with thor ownership, and just like the 70s problems were NOT the fault of beatrice.
wally died a long time ago, and hasn't been involved with company management for at least 40 years.
many long time streamers OR old trailer loverz, believe real world product testing
who knows what a modern wally'stream would look like or how it would be assembled and from what materials...
and there are long threads on all of these UNresolved issues.
BUT if one looks closely at the current products and what floor plans/features and models have been quietly eliminated...
clearly a/s is trying to deal with cracks, corrosion and other modern evils.
those that suggest ONLY the unhappy post about it, have no solid data to support that notion.
in fact with so much EASY communication and connectivity at our disposal,
a lot of good consumer research, suggests just the opposite.
POSITIVE reporting has gone up with these puter things and social sites...
and so have FALSELY positive posting planted to encourage product purchases.
it's a JUNGLE out there (or is it IN here?)
25 years ago an a/s owner might stop into a dealer for an issue, and while getting it fixed be told...
"this is the only trailer we've ever seen with THAT, it must be your fault"
then IF that owner attended a wally' rally like the international, they'd meet others with the same "only trailer" problem.
now companies can't PLAY that game with customers.
so they play other games...
and so do we.
a/s ownership has ALWAYS been a somewhat strange part of the rv world...
and buying/owning/caring for one is...