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Old 04-19-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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WARNING Motorhome scam

I purchased a 2005 Monaco Diplomat 40ft from a dealer in Panama FL and after a month or so I had fellow service my MH. He found a very large tie strap
attached to the drive shaft. He said this is a old trick where somebody put the strap making it turn with the drive shaft hitting the bottom of the MH making you think you have a problem. It just so happened that the strap just spun around the shaft not catching it to make the noise. I had seen it before and it didn't make me think about it then. It was not a accident. Maybe this may help someone. This is a big dealership and I did have a run in the service while waiting to pick it up.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:15 AM   #2
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I would hope this was not done at the dealership, but if you suspect such you should file a report with local law enforcement. If a similar event was reported by others I would think a criminal investigation would follow. If there were no other report and you only made a police report o what you found, as vandalism, without malice and without making public charges, you would be acting as a good citizen. JMHO
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The coach could have been towed prior to you buying it. They wrap a strap around the drive shaft and then a second one through the first and then strap the shaft up while being towed. I've been in the automotive industry and law enforcement for many years and NEVER heard of a scam as you describe. It could be a new one!
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:25 AM   #4
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The coach could have been towed prior to you buying it. They wrap a strap around the drive shaft and then a second one through the first and then strap the shaft up while being towed. I've been in the automotive industry and law enforcement for many years and NEVER heard of a scam as you describe. It could be a new one!
I broke a universal joint on the drive line once on an old RV, It had to be tied up for towing as you described.
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I would not expect this on a 2005 but there IS a legitimate reason for a strap on a drive shaft. However it will be a zip tie, and it will be trimmed so it does not hit anything. But there is ONE legitimate reason.

But I would not expect (or believe) that reason on any RV made this century..1980 perhaps 1970 for sure, but not 2xxx
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Reminds me of one of my old tricks...

Tie a nut to shaft with length to allow hitting floor.

Tape to shaft so it comes out later...usually at speed then comes off after a few seconds...usually after brakes hit.

Some folks thought their car was broken but fine if driven slow so they did.

Many many years ago...
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