The BIG "oh no..."

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  1. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Well the initial estimate is in- about $2000 worth of damage. Besides the obvious bent frame rails and damage to the slide-out system, the axle is bent and will have to be replaced. That's fine with me, since a new axle with the rest of it repaired would be a virtually new camper. I'll let you know how it goes with more when I know more.

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  2. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Well after $2000 dollars worth of repairs (bent frame and new axle...) I have our camper back. Had it up in the driveway yesterday to make sure all the refrigerator and AC and other stuff works, which is does.

    We would have had it back 3 weeks ago, BUT the dealer and Palomino couldn't get it together on parts. The dealer kept saying "We've order the parts and they've been shipped..." This went on for a week and I got tired of listening to excuses, so I turned them over to my wife who is used to dealing with "toddler" excuses. She asked them to get a tracking number, which they couldn't. Then she called Palomino directly. Palomino said they didn't have any order for frame parts from the dealer doing the repairs. Once Palomino got directly involved, things moved quickly. Palomino shipped the frame parts overnight to the dealer. Since that was the last part to be fixed the camper was done in a couple of days.

    Now if you think that the dealer didn't make an order, consider this. The axle, presumable ordered with the frame parts in May, had to be special ordered and arrived in May. So I say this screw up was a combo dealer-manufacturer job.

    But all said and done, everything is the way it should be...

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  3. jhower

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    So glad to hear that your PUP is back home and in good shape again!

    It's a shame that you had to wait, and wade, through excuses and delays, but as long as everything is back in good shape and working again, it works out in the end.


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  4. backwoodzbum

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    I too am glad this all worked out ok but I am still curious how this could have happend......when the wheel studs were replaced were there any signs of the wheel's holes oblonged or worn like the lugs had loosend off before the studs sheared?


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  5. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Only two of the holes appeared to be elongated. I would imagine that this happened after the first ones went... You might want to check out the thread I started about the whole breaking studs issue, here.

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    Edited by - theseus on June 18 2007 13:32:32
     
  6. BayMom

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    We lost a wheel on our minivan Christmas Day last year (fun times, Uber saved the day), and it sounds similar to your issue. I could feel the vibration, but it was slight, so dh and mechanic could not feel it, and when they checked the tires a few days before Christmas they were "fine."

    Anyway, the point to my sharing is: if we had trouble feeling the vibration on a car prior to loosing a wheel I can only imagine how little feeling you would get as a driver from a wheel that's back on the PUP. I repack my bearings every year, but I've never known to check lug nut torque during the trip. I always check the tires when I get gas, but never knew to feel for heat. That being said, what do you do when they're hot? Jack it up and see if they're still turning freely? Slow down, put on your hazards and pray you get home?
     
  7. tombiasi

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    Most likely cause of this is over torqued lug nuts.
     
  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Glad you finally got it back and that all is well now. I use a non-contact thermometer that I purchased from HF for about $20.00 and check the temp of the tires and hubs every time I stop, I also check torque prior to leaving the house and the CG.
    Glad you are back in camping mode again. Good Luck and keep on camping
     
  9. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    Were any of the sheared lug nuts and studs recovered? You can tell a lot by the shape of the stud in the fail area. Post pictures if you have any.
     
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    Op is from 2007. So........11 years ago.
     
  11. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    Gosh... hope he got it home by now!! [:D]
     
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  12. landon6062

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    Thank you for sharing.. very glad to hear everyone is ok..

    Certainly will check the lugs and tires based on this experience.. wow
     
  13. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    I didn't check the original post date, just saw the new post. Agree with Tombiasi, probably over torqued. Bet an air impact was involved. I don't trust the "torque" limiters, either. Any time I have tire work done, I specify that they be hand torqued.
     
  14. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    I had it for 9 years after that accident, until it was totaled in a freak thunderstorm. Never had any problems with it after the fact. I just linked to this thread in another post as an example of why insurance is a good idea.
     
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