When I was lowering the fivers front landing gear last time to disconnect from the truck there was a loud snap/cracking noise after weight was starting to be picked up by the landing gear. front landing gear still works but makes loud noises when operating now, after some inspection to find the source of the noise, I have found that my landing gear drive motor flops around like a fish out of water when its operating, I can also move the motor and gear box around when not operating, this seems very odd, but not sure if it has always been this way or not. After some review of the component I have found that the motor is securely attached to the gearbox and it's the gear box that is flopping around. the internet seems to say that if your gearbox is floppy and makes noise it's an indication the gear box is going, kinda makes sense. Anyone ever had this happen???
Now the real question, there seems to be a few different type of gearboxes out there but no one seem to be able to tell me which one I have. I own a 2011 Dutchmen Denali 262 RLX. I know this might not be of any assistance as the manufactures jump around on parts they use. Anyone have experience with this and any way of determining the model/type of gearbox I have on my landing gear. I can't find any markings on the old gearbox (at least not while installed).
Next to remove the drive motor and gearbox do I need to be support the front of the fiver (with truck) or will the landing gear support the fiver even with the drive motor and gearbox removed?
Any help/input will be greatly appreciated.