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Old 02-21-2012, 07:20 PM   #11
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@ billywilly: If you have installed four new tires and are noticing substantial tire wear on the right front tire, then let's back up and think a minute. The tires that were removed from the unit--did the right front tire seemed to have excessive wear as compared to the other three tires? IF SO--then you probably do have an axle problem. IF NOT-- then it sounds as if there may be a tire mounting and/or rim problem. Back to the old tire--IF you did have a wear problem at the right front location you would have to find a shop that can remove the axle and check it for proper camber and toe-in on the axle. Have you ever seen a mobile home axle or camper axle that looked to be "bowed" up vertically in the middle, and "bowed" towards the back just a little? That is how they set the camber and toe-in--bend the axle. First I would rotate the tires, do an "X" pattern, record which tire came from where and went where. Keep a record of mileage and watch the right front location for excessive wear on the tire rotated to that position. IF you see excessive wear as compared to the other tires--you have an axle problem. IF the excessive wear goes away--you have/had a tire/rim mounting problem that still needs attention to the original tire from that location. Good Luck, David
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:04 AM   #12
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David, I appreciate your reply. The tires were old when we bought it and put
new tires on it before driving it the 250 miles home from point of purchase.
Did not take notice (duh) of their condition other than age. Thanks for your
suggestions and I will follow them and see how things are after the next 1M


miles or so. Regarding rotation: I've always been told radials should keep
the same direction of rotation?
Another tool in the box: I'll take a long straightedge and tape measure to
check wheel alignment before buying the next rig.
Thanks, Bill
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #13
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I have been trying to search this site for sources for parts for my camper, specifically the automotive type gasket that seals the living/dining room slide against the side of the camper. I have a leak that only presents itself when towing in a rain.
Do I need a part number from Forest River, or is it just something you order by the foot?
thanks, billywilly
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:24 AM   #14
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Several years ago a friend had a similar problem on a dual axel TT. He kept wearing the inside third of the tire. After two tire replacements he finally had a shop check the spindle. They found that the spindle had not been welded straight in the jig and was out of align about 1/4". He replaced the axel and never had another problem. Not saying this is your case, just food for thought.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #15
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KevinC, thanks for your input. I have taken two long straightedges to both sets of wheels and determined that the passenger side front (problem) wheel is about 3/8 inch out of alignment with its companion wheel. A bent spindle might be the problem. I believe i'll just have to live with the problem until I'm home again - where I've got the space, tools to work. Any idea about the cost of a new axle? Or where to go on the inet to find one? Thanks again, Bill
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KevinC, thanks for your input. I have taken two long straightedges to both sets of wheels and determined that the passenger side front (problem) wheel is about 3/8 inch out of alignment with its companion wheel. A bent spindle might be the problem. I believe i'll just have to live with the problem until I'm home again - where I've got the space, tools to work. Any idea about the cost of a new axle? Or where to go on the inet to find one? Thanks again, Bill
Usually at either the rear or tongue there will be a frame mfg. metal plaque with frame type and company. I would start there. After that there may be a sticker in the axel. If so then it's just a Internet search to find source and best price. Switching an axel is not that difficult a little muscle and some careful measuring.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:06 AM   #17
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I have been trying to search this site for sources for parts for my camper, specifically the automotive type gasket that seals the living/dining room slide against the side of the camper. I have a leak that only presents itself when towing in a rain.
Do I need a part number from Forest River, or is it just something you order by the foot?
thanks, billywilly
Most likely it would be better to contact FR about the slide seal you need. Just provide the Make, Model and Vin # and they should be able to help you. I once needed a replacement seal for our old hybrid Keystone Litehouse. Contacted Keystone and had them ship it out. They usually run a little long so you can trim it to fit. If you know exactly what the size and configuration is you may be able to match it to something from theses web-sites.


http://www.all-rite.com/rubber-seals-gaskets-c-38.html

http://www.pellandent.com/RV_Product...CategoryID=173

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KevinC and cfsoistman, thanks for the direction. Appreciate your help.
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