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Old 04-29-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Axle woes- Asking anybody?

Ok. After one full year with my first TT (Salem 30KQBSS) and 6 trips under my belt, one of them a 1800 mile round trip jaunt from Central IL to the Florida panhandle... And numerous "incidents" (broke a window closing my awning in FL) (rammed a fuel pump pylon in WI) now I find myself with, apparently, two bent misaligned axles or spindles... I don't have a lot of confidence in my dealer (still think he hasn't properly adjusted my WD hitch - I feel like I'm taking off in a plane) - here I sit wondering "what to do!!??" I've asked a few other repair shops and they say pay the money and get new axles, or for the time being rotate the balding tires and replace them next year. "Everyone" has told me that the axles could have "bent" from something as slight as a pothole or RR tracks... Can this be true?? I'm in Central IL and looking for someone honest, reliable and local to help me out.... Thanks Ps - the wife loves the TT life but after all this she is ready to "sell that POS" and forget it. Help
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I would start by calling my insurance company for the axle repair and other miss hap repairs. That's what insurance is for, right?
Then you can start over with a newly repaired camper and a few good lessons.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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I would start by calling my insurance company for the axle repair and other miss hap repairs. That's what insurance is for, right?
Then you can start over with a newly repaired camper and a few good lessons.
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Believe it or don't I actually work for the insurance company that paid for the "pylon mishap"- since i don't have an "accident" to pin the axle problem to I don't have a claim.
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Well, didn't they say it was prolly from pot holes? That is a damage causing hazard......wouldn't that count? Sometimes accidents happen and we don't realize it at the time (grocery cart, parking ding, etc.) .....it's not like it's a lack of maintenance that would bend axles, right?
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Well, didn't they say it was prolly from pot holes? That is a damage causing hazard......wouldn't that count? Sometimes accidents happen and we don't realize it at the time (grocery cart, parking ding, etc.) .....it's not like it's a lack of maintenance that would bend axles, right?
I hear ya, but I've already spoken to our claims manager and it's a "not gona happen" - I think I shot myself in the foot when I explained the situation.
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Your fairly close to FR. I would give them a call and ask what can be done. Lippert may be able to help as well. Just ask them to help and keep a good attitude and it may cost some money but better than the alternative of full price. I would say worth your time to investigate.

From what I have seen, they are very willing to help especially when you bring it to them.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
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Your fairly close to FR. I would give them a call and ask what can be done. Lippert may be able to help as well. Just ask them to help and keep a good attitude and it may cost some money but better than the alternative of full price. I would say worth your time to investigate.

From what I have seen, they are very willing to help especially when you bring it to them.
Already spoke to Angie at FR (parts manager) she gave me the price on 2 new axles - $500 per. Besides shipping me 2 new axles - not sure what FR could do for me.
What / Who is Lippert?
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Lippert is the frame company. Plead to them asking if they can help with a reduced price. Let them know you are willing to pay and are not asking for a handout.

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Lippert is the frame company. Plead to them asking if they can help with a reduced price. Let them know you are willing to pay and are not asking for a handout.

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I'll look them up later today!
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I would also go with a slightly heavier axle since you are changing them. Instead of 3500lbs use 5000 lbs axles. Normally lug patterns are the same on the 5 lug axles. Also a good heavy truck alignment shop may be able to realign.
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