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Old 08-05-2022, 04:14 PM   #1
Casey Freswick
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three night ago I was setting up the TM. The sight was uneven and was in 2 inches of pea grave, very loose small stones. I rode connected my "blocks" and raised the door side tire 2 inches. I then raised my tongue jack. I had the tire on the sink side blocked front and back. The gravel acted like a marbles. There was little friction. The tires rolled off the blocks and the TM did not go back but the other blocked tire acted like a swivel. The tongue jack lurched on the gravel about 3 feet. We set it up once again and on the connecting blocks had a 3 block wide rise. However, our neighbor noticed that the TM tongue was uneven. It bent down right behind the swivel on my swing away tongue. We traveled the next morning less than 2 miles at a max of 15 mph to a welder. The shop put us to the from of the line. They thought it would take 3 hours, took 1 1/2. There was a crack on the other side of the tongue as well. But as you can see the swing away was 3/4 of the way apart before the new welds. I looks like a slow break broke quickly with the "swivel accident". Which may have been a good thing. Has anyone else had a problem like this? Check for small cracks behind the swing away tongue to make sure yours is okay.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:36 PM   #2
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Wow, thats crazy. I am glad it happened at a camp ground verses on the highway. Glad you were able to get it fixed quickly.

I'll start checking mine.
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Old 08-06-2022, 07:49 AM   #3
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There was a period of time, many years ago, when frame breaks in the tongue area of swing-tongue units were more common than you would like. We had a good deal of discussion on it, which you can find. Try doing a search on "C-channel" (without the quotes). I don't recall seeing a rounded break like in your photo. The ones I recall - and the one I experienced - were all straight-line breaks along a weld. I don't know if yours is an outlier, caused by the incident you experienced, or if it is part of the general trend in that era. But 2003 was about the right time frame. As I recall, my experience was with my 2002 2720SL.

TM was quick to correct this failing, and the breaks in later-build TMs largely stopped.

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