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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:59 pm 
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I guess in the end we know if it is man made it can fail. There are lots of possibilities including the axle was defective from the start. Just took a few 1000 miles or the right pot hole, or both, for the issue to surface.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:23 am 
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What was the initial sign that told you there was a problem? What should we all be looking for, tire wear?

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My 337RLS came with 44K# axles. After some years, the tires on the curb side began wearing badly on the inside edge. I determined that the axles had lost their "curve" so I replaced them with 52K axles. Much better now and the rig rides a little bit higher (more level now).

While the original axles were within the weight rating of the RV, that didn't allow for the additional stress of rough roads, sharp turns and all the other things that torture them.

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Dave, the inside edge of the tires wore badly... noticed it when it was below the tread wear indicator. Not sure how I didn't notice it initially as I check the tires religiously. I was even under there a few weeks prior, plus the disc brake installer had them off in March... you'd think he would have noticed. That was before the 4,000 mile run to Texas and back.

Dan that's interesting. Maybe it did just wear out. Good news is the repair only cost $400 for the replacement axle and labor to install. Extended warranty wouldn't cover it, which I figured. Now I'm curious as to what brand and rating the new axle is. Will be checking it out shortly and will report back.

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Mark,

What technique did they use to measure the 'loss of hump" in the axle?
Free2Camp posted an interesting technique.

I assumed that they measured the other two and found they were good?
Or since the tire wear wasn't a problem, they assumed they were OK?

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I'm not sure how they measured, but I did send them a note asking them.

The new axle is a Dexter, rated at 5200 lbs. Didn't even think about upgrading to the 7,000 pounders, which sound like a direct replacement. Will do so if there is a next time.

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