Broken axle help in Lafayette, LA? (was: whee l fell off (mostly)) - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-19-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Broken axle help in Lafayette, LA? (was: whee l fell off (mostly))

Help please! I'm just west of Lafayette, LA on I10. I've called a flat bed for the trailer but I really could use any info on local repair shops!
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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Oh...wheel fell off! Not whee...I fell off (something).
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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Depending on what actually caused the wheel to come off, the type of shop you need will/could be quite different. Was it simply loose lugnuts? Did the bearings freeze up and snap the hub? Did the axle break? Might help someone in giving you good repair shop info if they had additional info. good luck.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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The axle broke. I had the old drop axle replaced with a straight axle 18 months ago so I could put brakes on it. Apparently the new one was not sturdy enough.
Sorry about the space in wheel - was a little unnerved at the side of the road.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:49 PM   #5
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Sure hope you got to a safe spot..... I'm way too far to be of any help to you but if you could replace that axle with a 3500lb dexter the little extra would be well worth it...... hope your okay and you get traveling soon.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, I'm fine. The tow truck owner does repairs (don't know how well) and was going to get a new axle on Monday. I'll pass your suggested replacement on to him. I think the trailer bouncing up and down with every expansion joint in the concrete was what did it in. Any tips on keeping it from bouncing so much? I front load as much as I can.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
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Help please! I'm just west of Lafayette, LA on I10. I've called a flat bed for the trailer but I really could use any info on local repair shops!
My brother was a long time resident of Lafayette, and a competent welder and diesel mechanic. My first impulse was to give you his number...
He passed away in November, but his presence lingers on in my memory.
My loss is now, in some small way, yours as well... Sorry we can't be of any help.
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I 10 is one of the worst Interstates, unusually choppy.

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #9
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That sucks!
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:06 AM   #10
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Thank you all for your replies and help. My daughter's high school friend's parents now live in Lafayette and they have recommended a good repair shop for me. I'll try to go with the dexter axle and shock kit. I am beginning to wonder if touring the country in an inexpensive antique trailer is really wise. I love the size (not tall) and the campground comments but I have to say I was ready to pull the plates and IDs off and drive away yesterday!
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Sorry to hear you are having a problem while on the road. I don't wish to sound flippant here, but issues/problems on the road with any model/type of RV is pretty common. We've been camping since 1970 and can assure you, this most likely will NOT be your last issue/problem. Even with an occasional problem, camping is a wonderful way to travel and IMHO, well worth the occasional interruption. Good luck with your repairs, the 3500 Dexter axle is a very good recommendation.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:33 AM   #12
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I want to know why an 18 moth old axle broke, was it made in China?
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And I'd like to know what the axle is rated at since we travel I-10 regularly. Dont plan on driving it while towing if we have plenty of time but if we need to get to TX in a timely manner (aging relatives there) we may be forced to use it and dont want any surprises.

Maybe you have a warranty on the 18 mo axle?
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Good luck with the repair! It is well worth fixing your trailer and enjoying it for many more years to come. We purchased our 1986 UHaul VT in spring 2007 and had a couple first year road-repairs (blew a tire and found the spare was the wrong rim size, and broke a hub in Wyoming but found a replacement by dumb luck in Cheyenne). No road problems since but we know they may be coming since it is an old trailer. We wouldn't trade it, though, because it is such fun and takes us places we never considered before. Hang in there and we're thinking of you!
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