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PDX David

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WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:17:09 PM »
If you own a single-axle Camplite trailer (mine is a 16TBS manufactured in October 2016) I encourage you to inspect your axle to confirm that it's load rating (GAWR) is LESS MORE THAN the manufacturer's maximum trailer load rating (GVWR) - or at least greater than the trailer 'dry' weight. There should be a label on the axle (like in attached photo) with the load rating. Compare that with the required manufacturer's label indicating the GAWR (also attached). The GVWR should be noted on the "Certificate of Origin" provided by Livin' Lite when the trailer was purchased. And there should be a label inside the trailer with the trailer's dry weight.

Short story - my trailer came with an undersized 2,500 axle when it should have had a 4,500 or larger one. I'm in the process of working with KZRV to get this error fixed - at their expense.

Full story - https://www.livinlite.com/forum/index.php/topic,969.0.html

.......David


« Last Edit: August 18, 2019, 12:42:35 PM by PDX David »
Portland, OR. / 2016  Camplite 16TBS towed by Mercedes ML350

Molly

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 11:32:32 AM »
Another issue is improper welding that can have the axle actually SEPARATE from the trailer.

Pretty scary - just happened to me with a 2013 Camplite QBB 16ft trailer. If not at a stop, could have been killed or killed someone, plus destroyed the tow vehicle.

BEWARE - that's in my post too, you can read, see a link about another Camplite axle coming off on the road and see photos (do a search).

best, Molly

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 01:31:09 PM »
Here is the old forum thread with a lot of information on this issue (welding, axle, poor quality) - http://archive.aluminiumcamperforum.com/index.php?topic=2502.0

I'm guessing this is why they went out of business.

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2020, 08:07:42 AM »
David - isn't this a RECALL issue?

You will thankfully be safe on the road after your trailer is fixed, but what about others who don't have a clue they are towing a DEFECTIVE trailer with an axle that cannot support the trailer weight?

It's a serious safety issue for everyone, including anyone on the road near any of these trailers.

They should ALL BE RECALLED and be fixed. Yes?

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2020, 06:54:43 PM »


I'm guessing this is why they went out of business.

No, they went out of business because Thor changed the campers from all aluminum to the typical inferior materials found in all cheap campers, and that  ruined the product.

There are quite a few posts where people received trailers with sub-standard welds from the factory, as with all manufactured products not everything is always 100% so it is a good idea to inspect welds (and all critical safety components) on ALL trailers regardless of type or material.

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2020, 06:58:51 PM »
Hmm...looks like they don't all have the problem.
I think the numbers on mine add up ok.. Let me know if you agree.

I have a 2018 16 TBS (manufacture date 11/2017)
From the stickers on the RV:
   unloaded vehicle weight - 3330 lb
   Total cargo limit - 1070 lb
      Note about Full load of water would = 216 lbs
   GVWR (max weight RV can be when fully loaded)  - 4400 lb

From the sticker on the axle:
    Dexter
    Capacity 4400 lbs

I was just thinking I need to take a picture of the sticker on the axle before it wears off.  Good idea to take pics of all the sticker while we can still read them.

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2020, 01:11:56 PM »
I was just thinking I need to take a picture of the sticker on the axle before it wears off.  Good idea to take pics of all the sticker while we can still read them.

Exactly what I am thinking too - as soon as get it back from the shop. It will be fixed correctly, but still... want to do my due diligence and make sure all is correct.

Thanks David for your excellent example.

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Re: WARNING - Camplite Single-Axle
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2020, 01:18:06 PM »
There are quite a few posts where people received trailers with sub-standard welds from the factory, as with all manufactured products not everything is always 100% so it is a good idea to inspect welds (and all critical safety components) on ALL trailers regardless of type or material.

"Quite a few posts... " that does not indicate how many defective "sub-standard" trailers are out there, and David discovered a serious error that is not "sub-standard welding" but an actual incorrect size axle on the trailer that could result in serious injury or death.

That's a recall issue.

It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure the product is safe and meets safety standards, especially something so serious as the axle on a trailer - jeez.

I'm still guessing this is part of why they went out of business - or at least it should have been. I hope they were sued up the yin yang - yes, I'm still mad. I have to pay for my axle repair, after 6 months of use.

But at least no injury, no thanks to Livin Lite.