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Old 03-31-2018, 02:29 PM   #1
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broken frame and sorta peeved!

Went to open our storage box and it was stuck closed! Seems as though our frame is broken! I am guessing 3" frame Escapes basically suck. We did the re-call repair as you can see in the photo. We have 50K miles of 'round the ol' US travel on her, nothing especially rough and never overloaded or out of balance. Now we are stuck in the middle of California heading to Arizona waiting for the welding shop to open on Monday. RRRRRR.

you can see street is right where the bolt is and curb it's right at the jack weld. hummmm.......

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Old 03-31-2018, 02:59 PM   #2
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I would highly recommend contacting Reace at Escape about this.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:30 PM   #3
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I would highly recommend contacting Reace at Escape about this.
I would second that. It appears that the break point is in a spot right behind the stabilizer mount, near a frame bolt. Weak spot.
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Hi Steve,
First, I'm so sorry for your troubles. Hope all turns out for the best.

Looking at your pictures: I think I'm looking at cracks on both sides of your frame ... true? The picture of the crack right at the leveler jack tang looks like the welding bead goes over the tang and onto the frame in such a way that it looks like when the jack was installed there was already a misalignment of the lower frame surface but the upper surface seems to be in the same plane. Is that possible? Something is not right here or perhaps I can't see accurately in the picture on my screen.

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Old 03-31-2018, 03:36 PM   #5
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Only "sorta peeved" ??

That would not be what I'd be saying!
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:02 PM   #6
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So sorry to hear of your problem. Hope you are able to get it fixed quickly and get back on the road again. Have you tried to get a mobile welder to come out and do the repair? Guess it's time for me to crawl under the camper to give the frame a good lookover.
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:54 PM   #7
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Absolutely contact Reace, before having anyone do anything to the frame.

Fortunately, this has happened before and has been resolved. Unfortunately this has happened before (although on only one side):
Fractured chassis 2010 Escape 19' just behind the front jack on driver's side.

When the repair is done, I think there are (at least) three important things to consider:
  1. The bolt hole through the frame is a design problem; it seems very likely that it caused or at least contributed to the failure. I would not accept any solution unless it eliminated this hole - and preferably the other similar holes - replacing them with brackets attached to the side of the frame. The welded attachment of the jacks is also a concern.
  2. The frame is likely made of T1 alloy steel (ASTM A514); as discussed earlier in connection with the other frame failure, this is difficult to weld well, and the welder must be aware of the material and prepared to weld it properly.
  3. The body may need to be separated from the frame for the repair. The only ways to avoid this would be to used extensive plates on each side (so that welding across the top and bottom is not required), or to cut a hole in the floor for access. In the previous case, plates were used.
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yep, planning on 3/8" plates welded inside and out over the cracks. possibly a bottom plate as well. angle iron brackets and we're G2G!

Interesting thread covering the same issue. Thanks!

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Is that frame broken on both sides? If it is you could of had a catastrophic failure at hi-way speed . That's crazy . The last thing to worry about shouldn't be a frame failure on a 5 year old trailer .
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Yes both sides. When it's hitched up the cracks really opens.
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