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Old 04-09-2018, 09:20 PM   #1
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shackle failure on a columbus 320

I have a columbus 320 5th wheel and had a pair of shackles break at the bolt hole area, the tires were rubbing together for a short time, the trailer is 5 years old, luckly I noticed the tires while fueling up, has anyone had similar failures,
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:28 AM   #2
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I lost one

I had one break as well but did not have the tire rubbing issue. I replaced mine with a Morryde heavy duty shackle kit (twice as thick) They are also greasable with the zerk fittings and come with brass bushings. I had plastic bushings. I decided not to use the brass bushings and got some Lippert neverfail bushings. I tried to get the Lippert heavy duty kit but they were never able to fill my order. I feel a lot more comfortable with the heavy duty kit. I also replaced my equalizer suspension since the rig was already torn down and the suspension was 5 years old.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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I also had the shackles wear out but noticed the wear before they broke. Upgraded to the Morryde SRE 4000 system.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:21 PM   #4
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Last October on a trip back from New England States the shackle tore loose on drivers side on rear axle and tires we're almost touching when I discovered it. Wabash trailer center got us back on road , cost us $350.00 , the service tech said the shackle was 5/16" thick. Forest River is making these 5th wheels for weekend people .
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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With the weight of these rigs shackles and bushings need to be checked as a pre/post trip inspection.
Lippert uses cheap nylon bushing that doesn’t last very long, upgrade to wet kits.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:41 PM   #6
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Upgrade

Upgrade to a heavy duty shackle before they break......because the WILL.
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Wow. I just picked up my 2013 320RS from the shop this morning. I replaced the springs, shackles, bolts, & Equa Flex. The holes in the shackles and spring bushings were rounded out, what we call “wollered out” down here in the South. I think installing bronze bushings with wet bolts, as well as thicker shackles should be performed after a couple years. That being said, my brakes weren’t even worn 50%. This after trips though mountains from NC to Colorado.
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Had on break on my 295, replaced with MorRyde Cre 3000 and shackles with wet bolts
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:29 PM   #9
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Columbus shackle failure

I just installed new grease type shackles and bolts with brass bushings, the new shackles are 5/16 inches thick , so this repair should finalize this under designed suspension issue, thank to all that have replied, Happy RV ing
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