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Old 07-06-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hit pothole and wow

One pothole, two problems

Took our 2013 25FB out for a trip last week. The first leg was down I-25 from Longmont to Monument, in Colorado. This road has lots of bad concrete pavement that causes our rig to porpoise. We usually have our upright cushions fall over, sometimes tumble to the floor, when traveling this road.

This time, we also hit worst pothole we have ever encountered at speed. When we stopped in Monument and opened the trailer door, we found the table had come completely detached from the wall. It was rotated 45 degrees with one corner on the floor. The big seatback cushion that is belongs next to the door was on the floor in the entry way. This cushion has never moved before.

We see that there is nothing but gravity to hold the table in its brackets. Is that the way it is supposed to be? Or perhaps the factory left out a piece on our rig? My wife did a search for table hardware, and found that at least one brand is sold with an extra piece that holds the rod in its brackets, which would prevent the table from coming loose.

After straightening up, we set the fridge from electric to propane, and went to a restaurant for lunch. Upon returning, we found an error code on the fridge. We identified the problem as a possible bad electrode, so we bought and installed a replacement electrode. That got the fridge working.

We assume the bump caused the electrode to fail, though the failure could be unrelated.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:21 PM   #2
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Wow... they probably know about this, but I would report that to the HWY dept...

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Old 07-07-2015, 06:24 AM   #3
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If it were me I would also have the axle alignment checked.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:38 AM   #4
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I hit a deep road rut in a town yesterday, and my frig popped open.

That has never happened before.


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Old 07-07-2015, 08:24 AM   #5
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It's sad that road conditions are deteriorating so much across the country. Some states do better than others (Florida is a standout in this category.) Unfortunately, most other states do a poor job of maintaining their roads. Our state of Michigan is notoriously bad. On our last trip we noted that Louisiana is giving Michigan a run for it's money in terms of having the worst roads and that Ohio, which used to have pretty good roads, is slipping.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #6
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If your table is the type that has a round metal bar that drops into a pair of u-channel brackets on the wall, allows it to drop down to the bed position then there is no safety latch. Big enough vertical movement could pop it out of the catch brackets.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:21 PM   #7
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Those brackets can be bent a bit to make the swivel bar more difficult to remove..

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Old 07-07-2015, 07:37 PM   #8
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Pot Hole

I have put many miles on our 27 FB Classic. The table was constantly falling down and disconnecting from the wall and the leg collapsed with just rough roads. I finally fixed the problem by screwing 2 sliding bolt barrels over the wall rod and screwing a hinge hasp into the floor and onto the table leg. This allows the table to fold down when I want it to. I haven't had a problem since.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:57 PM   #9
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Best option on the table is to put it down while traveling. Like stowing sink covers etc. the wall brackets and leg aren't the sturdiest, so putting the table down alleviates lots of potential for damage.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:56 PM   #10
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This past winter all that "global warming" caused months of "global cooling" and it rained and froze (hard), snowed and froze, and most of our roads cracked and heaved. Now when it rains, the asphalt breaks into segments. No sooner than the Hwy Dept pitches a shovelful of hotmix into it, another hole will develop nearby. Big buck whack-a-mole. Or more correctly fill-a-hole.

I saw one last week that looked like an open manhole. And when it rains, it's invisible. Most of the locals know where it is. I pity the unwary traveler.
I do wish I had a Sikorsky Sky Crane to move my AS with. It would take boondocking to a whole new level.

And don't get me started on fuel tax....
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:59 PM   #11
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Or you might trying to slow down a bit
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:45 PM   #12
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Thanks for the comments, everyone.

manseyr1, did you put your sliding bolts in a vertical or horizontal position? And what do you do with the hinge on the floor when you fold down the table? Do you pull out the hinge pin?
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This is my first post. We just ordered a 27FB and should take delivery in late September. We are also in Longmont so perhaps we can get together and i can learn something from you.
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This is my first post. We just ordered a 27FB and should take delivery in late September. We are also in Longmont so perhaps we can get together and i can learn something from you.
Welcome to AirForums, and welcome to Longmont. PM sent.

For all AS folks in Colorado, I recommend the DenCO unit of WBCCI. They are a good bunch of folks, and we joined as soon as we got our Flying Cloud.
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