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Old 10-31-2015, 10:10 AM   #1
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Crusader Shackle Flipped

Recently had a flat tire due to a nail puncture on my 2013 Crusader 290RLT. After putting on spare and lowering to the ground, I noticed that the Shackles on the front side axle had flipped upside down. See picture. I know that is not right but I am not sure how to fix it. I am on the road with limited tools and jacks. It seems to be pretty stuck in place. Was thinking about taking the tire off and then trying to use my truck's jack to jack under the shackle until it flips over. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:32 AM   #2
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I haven't had that problem (yet), but I think your solution will work. However, I would jack unter the front one (right one in the pic) to get it to start to rotate. Just be careful though. Once you get it past horizontal, it'll probably "snap" into place and the trailer will drop suddenly.
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Old 10-31-2015, 03:05 PM   #3
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Ok. So I got it to flip back over. A little easier than I thought and as suggested it was just a matter of jacking up the back. I just hitched it up and backed the back tires (right on the picture) onto leveling blocks rather than jacking them up. As soon as the back wheels went up the shackle in the front (left on the picture) flipped over with a pretty loud "snap" and now they are back in the proper orientation.
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Old 10-31-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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This problem also occurs when you try an level the coach and wheels come off the ground. If you towed the trailer in the flipped condition you would pound the rubber to pieces. When auto leveling start with the nose down, this helps prevent the flipped shackle syndrome.
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Old 10-31-2015, 03:53 PM   #5
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Yes, or if site is sloped nose up I just make sure the front gear is off the ground by a few inches so that the leveling system has to reach for the ground when I hit "drop front jacks". That way the Autolevel system can start with lowering the front in stead of extending the back which can lead to tires coming off ground. Either way people probably should be familiar with the correct orientation of those shackles and check any time a tires has been off the ground. I had no idea anything was wrong except I saw the tire spacing was wider than normal.
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