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Originally Posted by EZG
Thanks for the reply. The batteries are not the issue, they and their respective compartments are in tact and fine. The issue is the aluminum skin has detached and is ripped behind the rock guards just above the molding/belt line at the bottom of the trailer exterior.
Without photos, this is just a guess, but what you describe could be front end separation. Front end separation is much less common than rear end separation, but has been reported periodically, particularly with coaches have front mounted battery compartments or storage hatches. The problem has be said to be the result of a combination of issues . . . leakage through poorly maintained seals, a tow vheicle with springs that are too heavy for the job that transfer too much road vibration to the coach, and/or a hitch with weight distribution bars that are too heavy. I believe that there are at least a couple of threads here on the Forum describing front end separation and repair methods employed.
Good luck with your investigation! I hope that you find that it isn't front end separation and something less costly to repair!