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Old 06-06-2014, 05:54 AM   #99
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Joliet Suspension was great to deal with.
Very good to hear. I have only done business with them twice. Both times I felt like I was talking to human beings, rather than a "strictly by the book" shop. Another RVer turned me on to them as a place to get a front end alignment done. They were about half of what any other shops have been. When I was in there for a front end alignment, they were changing an axle on a cement truck. They are just set up to work on big stuff. When you have the correct resources, working on big stuff is no more difficult than working on cars.

All in all, getting a big problem resolved out on the road for anything less than 2500 bucks is doing pretty good. Of course it hurts, makes the coach rather expensive, but with a used coach, that potential is always there. Its something you factor in as a chance you take.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:36 AM   #101
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I would rather fix a broken axle than a soggy roof...
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:58 AM   #102
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Soggy? Ugh....
Nope.

Most delams just as bad though.

I don't go near either any more.
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:38 PM   #103
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Guess what finally made it home?!
Owned it for 3 months and saw it for the first time last night at midnight. It survived the 500 miles with barely an issue. Now I just need to learn all the bells and whistles!
The 10 hr drive gave me plenty if time to think about the updates...
#1 is to tighten up the steering. It was white knuckled in construction zones!
Whew, time for a cold one!
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Upgraded the 454 to 502 about 20k miles ago.
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Upgraded the 454 to 502 about 20k miles ago.
OK, so now we know how you broke the axle... . Do you know which version 502? HT? HO? ZZ?
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Awesome. Now to start collecting some of the more positive experiences of owning a MH.

Best of luck with it.
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OK, so now we know how you broke the axle... . Do you know which version 502? HT? HO? ZZ?

How do I find out which one? I don't believe there is any paperwork on it.
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How do I find out which one? I don't believe there is any paperwork on it.
Stomp on the gas... , Actually the biggest difference is in the heads. Each of those 502s have different heads. The HT has peanut port (round) heads. The HO has huge rectangular port heads. The ZZ has smaller oval port heads. It may be hard to tell the difference between the HT and the ZZ because one is round and the other is oval, however the HT is 338 HP stock, and the ZZ is 502 HP stock. So if you hold full throttle up to redline (5200 rpm), where does the power start to taper off? Does the engine seem to continue to increase power all the way out, or does it tend to roll off after 4200 RPM? Also the ZZ 502 had a factory aluminum intake, where the HT reuses the 454 intake, which is probably dual plain, unless it was replaced.

Also if that is the stock air cleaner, get rid of it. It can not flow enough air for any of those engines. I tried the stock air cleaner and it runs out of air above 4 grand. Really falls on its face. Huge difference between the the stock filter and my current setup above 4 grand. Below that is not much different, although I loose a little off the line.
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Guess what finally made it home?!
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#1 is to tighten up the steering. It was white knuckled in construction zones!
Whew, time for a cold one!
Congratulations!!!

May or may not be useful information to you but I tightened up the steering box on my P32, installed new front and rear sway bar bushings, and tuned tire pressure to match the weight. Finally have, what seems to be, a pretty well behaved rig on the highway.
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ok drivers side bell crank is gone at 63000 miles lower ball joints were gone
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