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Old 08-30-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Well, we are here in Geneseo, IL, dead in the water once again with our beloved 2011 Crusadetr 270RET. With all that has happened to us and this coach, we are not at all surprised. Afyter pulling over at the IL visitor center here close top Geneseo, IL, we noticed there was a loud squaking noise coming from the coach and the brake controller was showing th OL code, open line. Got out to check the coach over, low and behold the left rear wheel was covered in a black powdered residue. Further inspection I found the center cap was missing and the EZ Lube cap waas missing along with the reaining nut just bout ready to fall off. Got the wheel and brake drum off in one piece as the bearings were completely gone along with the races. Now we are looking at having to replace the complete axle assembly as the axle is shot. These bearings were completely lubricated prior to us leaving on our trip to Canada/Ala\ska back in May. We have put well over 10K miles on the coach since then, do not understand why this has happened as the bearings were done exactly correct. We are held up here in a camp ground until Tuesday as Monday is a Holiday. Drove very slowly for some thirty miles to get to this this camp site. This along with the slide out problem, our tire problems and now this has all but ruined our Alaska Vacation....
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:48 PM   #2
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When we went we got a huge crack in the windshield, the rock that split the truck tire open broke up the TT skirt, a mechanic broke off one of the truck wheel
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Don't wanna sidetrack too much LKicklight, but do you still have that 2003 Sunnybrook that's in your signature. Would be interested on a side note to hear your comparison of that / then, and the now rig. I know my opinions as I owned 3 of them.

I hope for yall's sake your luck changes. Usually, for every bad thing that happens, there is something great just around the corner.
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Well, we are here in Geneseo, IL, dead in the water once again with our beloved 2011 Crusadetr 270RET. With all that has happened to us and this coach, we are not at all surprised. Afyter pulling over at the IL visitor center here close top Geneseo, IL, we noticed there was a loud squaking noise coming from the coach and the brake controller was showing th OL code, open line. Got out to check the coach over, low and behold the left rear wheel was covered in a black powdered residue. Further inspection I found the center cap was missing and the EZ Lube cap waas missing along with the reaining nut just bout ready to fall off. Got the wheel and brake drum off in one piece as the bearings were completely gone along with the races. Now we are looking at having to replace the complete axle assembly as the axle is shot. These bearings were completely lubricated prior to us leaving on our trip to Canada/Ala\ska back in May. We have put well over 10K miles on the coach since then, do not understand why this has happened as the bearings were done exactly correct. We are held up here in a camp ground until Tuesday as Monday is a Holiday. Drove very slowly for some thirty miles to get to this this camp site. This along with the slide out problem, our tire problems and now this has all but ruined our Alaska Vacation....
Sorry to hear of your troubles, I guess you can call it the vacation from hell. I'm glad to hear you are safe. That's the important part.
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Well, we are here in Geneseo, IL, dead in the water once again with our beloved 2011 Crusadetr 270RET. ...
I live about a half hour from Geneseo. I will gladly help out if you need anything. PM me if I can offer anything and I will pm you my phone number.
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Lkicklight called me the other day and said he got the rv to a dealer, but he had to get a new axle shipped in. I haven't heard anything more so I hope everything is under control.
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Lkicklight called me the other day and said he got the rv to a dealer, but he had to get a new axle shipped in. I haven't heard anything more so I hope everything is under control.
I hope so to what a nightmare, might make me start drinking.....
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Comparison

the sunnybrook is now eleven years old, she has traveled at least 40K, to date she has only been back to the dealer one time those many years. Will not take a lot of time here, I'll just say this, we would swap four crusaders for one good Sunnybrook. Out SB still looks like new inside and out, original roof, original awning, one new set of tires in those 11 years.....just don;t make them like the use too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







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Don't wanna sidetrack too much LKicklight, but do you still have that 2003 Sunnybrook that's in your signature. Would be interested on a side note to hear your comparison of that / then, and the now rig. I know my opinions as I owned 3 of them.

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the sunnybrook is now eleven years old, she has traveled at least 40K, to date she has only been back to the dealer one time those many years. Will not take a lot of time here, I'll just say this, we would swap four crusaders for one good Sunnybrook. Out SB still looks like new inside and out, original roof, original awning, one new set of tires in those 11 years.....just don;t make them like the use too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Our Dutchmen was 16 years old when we sold it - all original EVERYTHING and all worked too!

Fast forward three years we are on our second one since Dutch and that old beast is STILL on the road all original yet !!! They definitely DO NOT make them like that anymore !


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Old 09-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #10
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Axle repair?

It may be a dumb question, but why can't a new axle stub be welded on instead of replacing the entire axle?
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