Originally Posted by rdenslow
A few days into our maiden voyage with the new bar...no complaints. Trailered well, even through some God awful mountain pass that the GPS sent us across. No leaks, no failures, no faults..except the fact that the awning is about 12 ft off the ground. Does the job but being so high, even a light rain can wet more than half way under. Happy with our choice...
If you used your brakes a lot and did a lot of turning through those mountains, I would suggest that you jack up every tire up off the ground and check your brakes, bearings and the carter key. The brakes are self adjusting when applied when going in the forward direction. Going down the mountain most likely adjusted them up and they may be very tight at each hub.
Also, the axle manufacture seems to install their castle nut 'loose' and that allows the bearings to move back and forth on the spindle and hub and creates heat and wear. Grab the tire when off the ground and any in/out play.
Also, the carter key/pin that holds the castle nut on is under sized for the amount of stress applied to them. Making short turns with the unit puts a massive amount of stress on the outside bearings, pushes on the nut and key, which could distort and break the carter key (I broke each side of the back axle). I got a new ones at a auto store that are the same length and twice as thick to put in all of the spindles.