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Old 05-15-2014, 07:53 AM   #71
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Boy hope you get it and don't forget pictures.
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I can't believe someone who has read this thread and knows a thing or two mechanical isn't close enough to stop by and at least figure out if the axle is shot.

I pulled and reinstalled my transmission in a church parking lot about 250 miles from home. Packing a bunch of tools driving up there has to be cheaper than $2000 (plus the actual repair), right? I'd say I'd go do it for $1000 if only my wife would let me. Pointing out you pay better probably wouldn't work (or be healthy)!

Come on local guys....
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I hinted too but got no response...
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I was out of town for a few weeks and couldn't do much in terms of researching and calling. I followed up with Joliet Suspension. They said they could fix it if it was an axle but not if it is the diff.
I took another risk and $650 to have it towed Friday. They are looking at it this week. Hopefully I will have good news In a few days.
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Best of luck! Near as I can see, you're about due for some of the GOOD kind of luck? -Al
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That's the best news of the whole forum.Good Luck daveputt
bhounds sounds like my story 3 years and nothing major. Did you get to test drive it? Did you buy it?
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Talk some sense into me

Spoke with the mechanic today. Broken axle shaft, housing and hub.
Looking for a replacement shaft and hub. Repair on the housing is $1500. Going to start looking for parts now.
Waiting in mechanic to send me the part numbers so I can search.
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So it is the axle. But sounds like the housing is bad? Yuck.

This is a Chevy P32, right? What axle is it? Dana XX? Folks junk motorhomes this old pretty often, think you'd be able to find an axle.
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I believe it's a p32. Going to get the exact part numbers so I can look myself. Wouldn't mind seeing the cracked housing and hearing how they plan on fixing it. I'm pretty knowledgable about welding but it's goes back to being 500 miles away to help fix!
What identification numbers do I need to ask him to look up?
Stamping on axle or differential? Will the VIN tell me what I need?
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Would a whole diff be cheaper. Lot less labor. P32 chassis is common.
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Dave, not finding where you've said much regarding what it is that you bought - exactly?

I agree regarding replacing the whole thing if you can find one. Thinking that with the number of bone yards between where it's at and the Elkhart/Fort Wayne area (one of the biggest RV manufacturing areas in the country) finding something like that wouldn't be that hard? Especially when considering the number of coaches that are scrapped simply due to major water damage. They may not even have 75K miles on them?

FWIW, I've heard of guys smoking axle bearings in the older Dodge chassis coaches, but I have NEVER heard of a broken axle in a MH before. That is some special kind of luck you have goin there! -Al
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Sorry, it's a 1986 Holiday Rambler Imperial.
I heard of 1 other person on this forum hat broke an axle on a Rambler.
The mechanic said it appears as if he brakes were done recently. Not sure if you can torque something down wrong to create this mess.
I am hoping I can find a replacement rearend for less but I don't know how much labor is involved for a swap vs axle replacement.
Anyone know what tonnage rear end is on a HR imperial or what the differential ratio would be?
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Your chassis serial info, along with a Chev. dealer willing to take a few minutes to give you a hand, might be able to pull up some useful specifics for you.

As mentioned earlier, this shouldn't be anything too special.

Labor to swap likely not much different than it is to repair. Have you talked to the shop for assistance in tracking down something used? Them being in the business, not sure if you could find anyone more qualified in that area....
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