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NORFLA71 06-24-2011 04:58 PM

Bad Fifth Wheel Install
Here are pictures of my botched hitch install, courtesy of Camping World in St Augustine, FL.
Anyone with a fifth wheel will see the problems immedately.

Right now I am in contact with one of their managers who will, hopefully, resolve this issue to my satifaction without litigation.

Zac2109 06-24-2011 05:01 PM

As I dont have a 5th wheel but am getting one soon, what exactly am I looking at here? So that when I go to get mine installed I will know if something is wrong.

JBOF79 06-24-2011 08:18 PM

From what i see it looks like the messed up with the placement of the bolts by putting them on the low part of the bed and they did not use any washers for backing. Own a trailer but not a fifth wheel so that would be my guess. I'm also camping world screwed up like that because the one up by me in new jersey has always done a professional job on any work they have done for me

erm 06-24-2011 08:20 PM

If the spacing requires that the bolts pass through a channel area, vs. a rib area, of the bed, appropriate spacers are to be installed.

stretch0069 06-25-2011 11:28 PM

wow...shows how much I know...i thought you'd want movement front/back not side to side. :4-dontknow:

Cthulhu 06-26-2011 01:28 AM

Why does it look like they put the required spacer under the rail NEXT to the bolt?

<shakes head>

NORFLA71 06-29-2011 06:46 AM

Honestly, the installer looked like he may have been "chemically enhanced" when I talked to him.

The spacers are all in the wrong place and the tube spacers in the C chanel under the bed are missing; the installer swears they were not included.

erm 06-29-2011 11:45 AM

Total BS...that installer is an accident causing fool...

Wildcat 06-29-2011 05:12 PM

Let him know about the lawsuit from a runaway trailer you are helping him to avoid by having him re-do the installation correctly.

NORFLA71 06-30-2011 08:23 AM

Speaking of runaway trailers, I saw a couple of nasty wrecks yesterday. One was a new Ram 1500 wedged between the guard rail (back end jacked up) and its trailer, mangled when the sway took over. The other was a new Chevy HD, roof flattened, after taking an offramp too fast.

I'm getting back in contact with them today and they will fix it; I am pulling the trailer up to VA for a couple of week stay.

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