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Old 09-25-2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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Rot Roh!!

During our 2300 mile trip though the Canadian Rockies and GNP in Mt we had a situation on day #3 on the road. We stopped at the Ice Fields Parkway Visitor Center for a break and photo op. I ALWAYS check my hubs to see if any have decided to run hot. Well, it was a good thing. Got the drivers side looked over and went around the to check the passenger side. Rot roh, why are the tires on that side only about an inch apart? I already knew and almost threw up, yup busted main spring on right rear.

We went into the visitor center to let them know we may have to camp there overnight. They were kind enough to give us phone #s for tow services up the road in Jasper. Called our insurance first and they couldn't figure out where we were so told them to pack sand and started calling tow shops. Yup we can be there in two hours. Guy shows up with tow chains, blocks of wood, hyd jacks. An hour later we were on the road with him behind us for the 40 KPH drive into Jasper for 60 miles. They parked us in front of their shop and we hunkered down for the night. Next morning they brought two of the spring packs they stock. No dice, had to order one in from Edmonton. Welded us together that morning to go 3 miles to our campground so we would lose our money. Next morning back to the shop, two hours later all fixed up and on the road. Will be forever grateful to Jasper Towing Co! Now back home and will be replacing all with with 5 leaf springs before our *spring* trip.

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Glad things worked out for you. Breaking down is never fun but it seems you were back on the road in fairly quickly.
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During our 2300 mile trip though the Canadian Rockies and GNP in Mt we had a situation on day #3 on the road. We stopped at the Ice Fields Parkway Visitor Center for a break and photo op. I ALWAYS check my hubs to see if any have decided to run hot. Well, it was a good thing. Got the drivers side looked over and went around the to check the passenger side. Rot roh, why are the tires on that side only about an inch apart? I already knew and almost threw up, yup busted main spring on right rear.

We went into the visitor center to let them know we may have to camp there overnight. They were kind enough to give us phone #s for tow services up the road in Jasper. Called our insurance first and they couldn't figure out where we were so told them to pack sand and started calling tow shops. Yup we can be there in two hours. Guy shows up with tow chains, blocks of wood, hyd jacks. An hour later we were on the road with him behind us for the 40 KPH drive into Jasper for 60 miles. They parked us in front of their shop and we hunkered down for the night. Next morning they brought two of the spring packs they stock. No dice, had to order one in from Edmonton. Welded us together that morning to go 3 miles to our campground so we would lose our money. Next morning back to the shop, two hours later all fixed up and on the road. Will be forever grateful to Jasper Towing Co! Now back home and will be replacing all with with 5 leaf springs before our *spring* trip.

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If you are in the right area you can get good support. I broke down in Florida once. No problem taking trailer parts, they have them in stock. Break down in Ohio...a whole different story. They have to order most parts...

Glad it worked out so well.
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Might as well install a wet bolt kit while you have it apart and look into adding shocks if you do not have them.
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