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Old 04-27-2016, 03:25 PM   #15
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I was fortunate to be where I was when it failed. I was on a fairly straight section of the highway. Another 10 miles and I would have been in the curvy and hilly portion of the pass on I5 in Oregon. It took all I had to take the exit and get off the road. Manageable at slower speeds, but would have been fatal at traveling speeds in the turns.

In addition to the PTO spline being destroyed, the Sauer Danfoss pump that was damaged had to be shipped from England. Apparently, after the 2008 demise of the market, the distributors of this pump in the US went out of business (or just stopped carrying the product) and the only place it could be found was at the original manufacturer in England. My mechanic worked with the good people in Eugene to locate the pump and/or the necessary parts to replace the damaged shaft of the pump to no avail. The price of the pump alone was $2500 and because we were on a time constraint, the shipping was another $250. Total cost of repair was $4600 with $3500 of that being in parts alone. I did see the damaged parts of the PTO and the pump and it was not a pretty sight.
Wow, that is sobering indeed...I have driven that route many times in my current MH, the thought of losing steering in there is scary as heck!

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:39 PM   #16
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Wet PTO conversion?

Its good for several hours running but cant be ignored

Glad I saw this thread. We had a 10 hour trip today so I brought along my coveralls and some ramps. Only had to stop twice to re-lube the splines. Dang that pump was hot.

Actually, NO, I did not do that. Yes you lose your power steering if the hydraulic pump quits working but you can still steer the coach. This could let you drive home from wherever, BUT, the same pump also drives the radiator fan on side-mounted radiators and you would not get very far with the radiator fan dead and your engine over-heating.

I chose to lube mine for now. It was rusted, fairly dry but the splines were not fretted much after 17,000 miles.
When I have lots of time I will consider the wet PTO kit. Even the wet PTO kit can have problems with the lube oil bypassing the shaft seal, = oil leak.

No guesses here, no 3rd party anecdotal info, just from my experience.



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