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Old 08-02-2017, 05:17 PM   #1
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Guess I waited too long here...

I was going to replace the spring shackles prior to our next trip. This is what happened as I was putting the rig into storage.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:18 PM   #2
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Wow! Much damage?
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:24 PM   #3
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Wow! Much damage?
Naw, I just removed the fender for clarity. I was just pulling into my storage site when it happened. I'm seriously happy that it did not happen on the road.
The propane line runs right next to the spring but it wasn't damaged. Whew!
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WOWZAA! Good thing it happened there and not on the road. How old is your RV, really, a 2012??
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WOWZAA! Good thing it happened there and not on the road. How old is your RV, really, a 2012??
According to the truck's information center, we've put 22,000 miles on the trailer. Since we bought it used we don't really know how many miles are on it. I don't know what should be the expected life for shackles. I guess 22K miles is the limit.
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According to the truck's information center, we've put 22,000 miles on the trailer. Since we bought it used we don't really know how many miles are on it. I don't know what should be the expected life for shackles. I guess 22K miles is the limit.
In my little mind, it would seem that you would NEVER need to change them !

Are you going to change them all now? I have the type of axles that move independently of each other, hopefully it will not be an issue but need to get a grease gun and see if there are zerks anywhere under there.

Seems to me that you didn't wait too long, you waited JUST RIGHT!
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In my little mind, it would seem that you would NEVER need to change them !

Are you going to change them all now? I have the type of axles that move independently of each other, hopefully it will not be an issue but need to get a grease gun and see if there are zerks anywhere under there.

Seems to me that you didn't wait too long, you waited JUST RIGHT!
It doesn't use wet bolts so no zerks.
I've made arrangements for the local RV repair shop to come out next week to lift up the trailer and change them all out.
Oh the joys of RV ownership.
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A clearer view of the broken link. Hope the picture doesn't get rotated this time.
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A clearer view of the broken link. Hope the picture doesn't get rotated this time.
Maybe I need to go this route and get the little woman an oil can...
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Let's see, where's the Like button on this thing.
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