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Old 03-25-2007, 05:07 PM   #15
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Well it looks like all the play in the shaft where the lower gear sits is because of broken plastic bushings!! Why would Atwood use plastic bushings to hold the bevel gears in place?

Well at least I know what to order from Atwood on Monday so that I can get my 5ver moved from my parents place to mine.

If anyone wants me to post up the pics of the inner legs just let me know....
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Old 03-26-2007, 05:47 PM   #16
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Will wonders never cease! I checked the beveled gears and they were in bad shape too, thanks ciscofreak! Also found out that I don't have Atwood jacks, they are RBW's. Anyway, new gears for the legs along with the gearbox. Thought I'd be smart and shim up the play in the side gear, WRONG!, now I get to take it back apart and remove the shim, one of the pins holding the gearbox gear to the main shaft won't line up because of the shim I put in there. Ah well, live and learn. I'll be an expert on this by the time I'm done. Maybe smart enough to be an EX all the way around. Did find out that you have to support the trailer and remove the leg enough that you can get the nuts on the bolts for the gearbox, otherwise you'll never get them on, especially the back one.
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The saga continues, finally figured out that it is far more easier to remove the leg and do the work on the bench. Got it all together, legs phased and everything working, started running the legs down to lift the trailer and bang, the main leg let go. Took it off, back apart and found that the nut in the lower leg that rides on the pinion shaft had stripped, if it isn't one thing its another. Guess it was just worn out and ready to go, wasn't like it was in the wrong place or anything. Back to the rv dealer again I guess. By the time I'm done it may have been simpler to just buy a leg.
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Tom, there are days that if it were not for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all.

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Old 04-01-2007, 07:09 PM   #20
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Well I am including a few pictures of what I found while disasembling the landing gear...


Notice the plastic bushing that has half squirted out...Why plastic and not brass?


Another of the bushing...


Notice the plastic bushing in the center of the washer...


And last but not least, the bevel gears that are stripped


I have a contact at Atwood that is supposed to set me up. Hopefully I will get the correct parts quickly so I can get this sucker on the road!!

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FYI, be aware that when you get the gears and bushings, make sure that everything fits really good, not too much play in the gear teeth and all that. RBW has yet to come up with a set of gears and bushings that will match my leg assy. Either its too loose or too tight. I told them if they can't come up with the corect combination then send me a leg, free! We'll see where that gets me.
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Tom you have me thinking about my RBW legs. My 1995 unit has a history of failure, listed in the maintenance records. While to doing some, hopefully, preventive maintenance I added grease fittings to the top gear covers. I don't recall the plastic sleeved washers during my inspection. I guess I need to open this thing up again.
Thank you for the post and photographs.

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My 1995 has had gears replaced on both front jacks and also the drive clutch. The fix is to replace them with jacks that are more heavy duty.

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