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2008 Saturn Alert


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#1 vrjano

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

I have been towing my 08 Saturn Vue for 3 years. It has a Demco Base plate. On our Sept 2012 trip, somewhere between Pensecola FL and Beaumont TX, the whole driver side front frame extension to which my base plate is bolted to, broke free from the main frame and pulled the font facia and base plate 8 inches out. The Saturn was only held behind by the passenger side frame. Upon inspection, the factory spot welds holding the frame extension had failed and had the right side failed, the Saturn would have been free to go where it would. I had emergency repairs made in TX, but it is still unsafe. Demco is sending an after market engineered fix (which should arrive next week). I also checked other base plates and Bjue OX connects to the main frame, not the frame extension. But not sure of Roadmaster. In any event, any of you that have this setup should be vigilant.
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#2 desmo

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

Thanks for the heads up, what braking system do you have on the Saturn?
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:14 AM

On my Saturn I use a Roadmaster Brakemaster. An air cylinder working with the coach air brakes. It has a disconnect braking system, unfortunately, the actuator is attached to the front facia bumper that would have stayed on the coach had my Saturn become disconnected because of the frame failure. It would not have been activated.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:20 AM

The manufacturer, Demco, has re-engineered their product as a result of my case, and has sent me reinforcing plates at no charge. They are also reimbursing the cost of the additional installation. For me, a satisfactory result which should prevent further problems.
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