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Old 05-09-2015, 10:25 AM   #1
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estimated time to replace torsion axle?

We have a 2010 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite model 8315BSS. Last yr on our way to the Smoky Mtn rally, a passing motorist held up a sign saying "check your axle". Turns out the metal cap and bearing seal had come off. Not only was grease all over the rim but it was smoking as well.

Called Good Same ERS # and waited. A passing TN trooper came by and knew of an RV shop a few miles away. We led; he followed. They took off the castle nut and what remained of the bearings. Filed the spindle a little and repacked it. An hr later we were in Pigeon Forge.

Before leaving we thought we'd get a second opinion. The mobile service tech suggested repacking all bearings with synthetic (red) grease. Bearings had been serviced by the selling dealer earlier in the year with black grease.

He also found the spindle on the problem wheel was warped. Said we could drive but heat from friction would liquefy the grease leading to a problem. Suggested new axle. Turns out it would take two weeks to arrive. We didn't have much choice and figured he could deal with it and we'd get it on our way to the Charleston rally.

A few wks later, they put in a Dexter axle (OEM AL-KO) and we went on our way. I didn't get a chance to look at the repair ...here comes the punch line...but when we got home I noticed the wheels on that axle were not centered in the opening, the clearance was so minimal that I couldn't fully insert my hand between the top of those wheels and the underside of the wheel well (scrubbing was visible), and the axle was bent (could see some scrapes in the paint where a jack may have been placed).

I didn't contact them (what's the point but maybe I will write a review) but reached out to Rockwwod. They were SUPER and agreed to cover a new OEM axle and shipping. It's now in and will be scheduled.

Now the question...does anyone know how long it takes to swap it out and reattach everything? That would be be DIY or at a dealer. Trying to get an idea so I don't get taken for a ride, so to speak. Any input appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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If you have a jack and jack stands and the tools, it would estimate you could do it yourself in about 4 -5 hrs.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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Under (4 hrs) from Jack up to Drive off! Youroo!!
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:50 AM   #4
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Under (4 hrs) from Jack up to Drive off! Youroo!!
Depends on your age and if you are on gravel or concrete, air tools, etc. 1 person or 2.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:00 AM   #5
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Under (4 hrs) from Jack up to Drive off! Youroo!!
He not talking about changing a tire we all know how long it take's you already... To the OP I would take it in if you never changed an axle or have the right stuff to do it with, just MO. To OC it's a walk in the park to me it's major problems. Depends how confident you are. Call the dealer and ask.....
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:45 PM   #6
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thanks for input

Appreciate the quick replies and suggestions. This will be done at the selling dealer. I certainly don't have the tools or knowledge for it.

Based on feedback of 4 hrs the dealer estimate of six hrs seems reasonable and which includes my request for new tires all around. It's been five yrs with the originals.

For what it's worth at this point I will check if I have similar problem as Diane Boykin previously posted.
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