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Old 02-19-2023, 08:34 AM   #41
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For bshtgo, cost info. There are 2 kinds of frame flex. The aluminum stud welds along the side walls, or the actually 10 (or 12) inch body frame that has problems at front on the overhang where they weld on the vertical short piece and then the front for the bedroom floor and hitch. My first Montana (2006) had the body frame flex. I think that cost me $3-6,000. Cant remember as it was 10 years ago.

18 months ago, we had the other weld breaks. The front was going and they removed the front cap, but only had to remove it partially. Also the back section - last 3-4 feet - had the welds break. One side that I looked at had 3 studs broken and the rear stud had to be completely replace because the hole for back wall bolts had stripped out and been replace 2 times and had completely open a large hole in the stud. This fix cost me $6000. If you only had a front or one back section it would be $2-3000 I would think.

I do put the miles on tho - and the tough ones up and down mtns most years and a lot of 2 lane roads. My first rig had 65,000 mile on it over 8 years including a trip to AK. This current rig also has 65,000 miles on it over 7 1/2 years and a trip to AK.

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Old 02-19-2023, 09:35 AM   #42
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I'm sure it wasn't the work on the rear frame it's self that caused the problem, but I'm sure Keystone will say it's the extended length and added weight that changed the balance of the unit causing undue stress in the hitch area. While it sucks I don't think you have a leg to stand on, unless you can hire a structional engineer to prove that wrong.
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Old 02-19-2023, 09:47 AM   #43
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I`ve changed my mind on a rear carrier after reading this

From Facebook group and another reason this is my last Keystone.......

Frustrated and once again looking to the group for advice. Our Montana has been at a dealer in East Texas (who's been great to deal with, not dealer's fault) since November 18th. They have been getting the run around with Keystone and Keystone has denied to fix the front frame flex under warranty because I had a shop strengthen the rear receiver in the back. It is rated for 300lbs, but the rack with a generator on it (total 160 lbs) was a bit too bouncy for my liking. 3 months and they finally found a reason to deny the claim. That being said, has anyone paid out of pocket for this repair? If so, ballpark how much we're looking at. The dealer is going to put together a bid and get back with me at some point. Extremely frustrated with Keystone and their chicken $hit excuses. — feeling annoyed.

Is this a claim for an extended service contract? I would think your 2018.5 rig would be outside the original warranty. My 2018 only had a 1 year warranty.
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Old 02-19-2023, 03:11 PM   #44
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Is this a claim for an extended service contract? I would think your 2018.5 rig would be outside the original warranty. My 2018 only had a 1 year warranty.
Mine as his had a 3 year structural warranty
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