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Old 08-20-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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In the continuing saga of the 7300 mile round trip to Goshen, what started out as a long day (for us) Midland, TX to Las Cruces, NM got a lot longer as we passed Pecos, TX. Just shy of a little town called Toya, TX. (pronounced Tow Ya?)

Seems when Lippert installed my new fancy brakes the tech should have taken one more thread when he put the axle nut on my left aft wheel.

About 1700 miles later my "pilot's crosscheck" picked up a puff of smoke from my trailer's wheel as the bearing failed. I must have spotted it within seconds of the failure as there was almost no smoke until I began slowing to get it onto the shoulder.

By the time I got it stopped and safely on the shoulder there was no way I was going to move it; even though there was a picnic area about a half mile up the road.

After about 90 minutes in the desert heat (the tow service brought a regular wrecker due to poor communication between my roadside service tech and the tow truck owner), we were loaded up and on the way to a local truck repair place who took care of us.

We were back on the road about 4 hours after the bearing went. Had I moved it much more than I did (I drove it up and down the wrecker as the winch was not rated for our weight), I would have needed a new axle. As it was I just needed a new hub, bearings and dust cap.

Total cost $650 for the tow and $168.22 for the repair.

They said if I had not seen it go and gotten it stopped quickly, the outcome would have been a lot worse.

Saved the axle, tire, wheel, and my awesome new self adjusting brake assembly.

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Hector's Tire & Wrecker Service got us to Pecos Tire safely, but I thought was a bit of a rip as they would only take cash or a check. "Their computer is not working for credit cards and the repair guy only comes after we close."

Pecos Tire (178 S. Frontage Rd, P.O. Box 1148, Pecos TX 79772) on the other hand is AWESOME.

No other word to describe these fabulous people. Tom worked his butt off getting the cooked on outer bearing remnants off the axle shaft to save the axle. Anyone else would have walked away and said I need a new one.

The manager, Chuck Knudsen, also needs special mention. When he noticed I was retired AF, he said, "We will take care of you."

Boy Howdy did he ever; 1 hour labor at 60 bucks and Autozone pricing on the parts. Tom took over an hour just to get the hub off without damaging the axle as the grease had cooked the inner bearing sleeve onto the axle and the hub would not budge.

A HUGE thank you to everyone at Pecos Tire.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Glad to hear that you guys are okay and back on the road.
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Man herk sorry!
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Gosh Lou, Sorry to hear of your troubles.

May the rest of your journey be a safe and enjoyable one!
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Hate to hear you had problems................but glad to hear the outcome from it. Just goes to show that good things happen to good people.
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Big time bummer on the thrown bearing, but glad you are back on the road safe and sound !!
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Sorry to hear about your troubles Herk, have a lemoncello and forget about it!!!! Gld that you are all OK!
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Glad you and your DW are OK and back on the road, herk.

Great story about the mechanic and the manager at the tire shop. Sometimes, the "good guys" get overlooked.

Travel safe, my friend!
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Yikes !!!

Sharp eyes for sure ! I am glad you caught it in time and the damage was not more severe !
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Lou how far was the trip from breakdown to repair shop?
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