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Old 10-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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Boots & ball Joints

We're sitting here in this hotel while the Boots & Ball Joints are replaced on my 2000 DSDP. I thought "What the hell, why not contact Newmar & Spartan and vent a little". I had a three way phone call with them to find out what the skinny was. The guy from Spartan admitted they knew of a problem with the boots for many years. I asked why owners weren't contacted about the on going problem, and he said.."there was no way to know which boots would go bad". Huh? That's not what I wanted to hear. I told him I didn't expect anything since my coach is a 2000 model, but what about owners of newer units. I got the same answer. That's pretty amazing to me... I guess you're on your own. And of course there's no way to replace just the Boots, you have to replace the Ball Joints too. So I'll just mosey on down to the bar and try to drown my sorrows.
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Been there done that last year. I learned a good lesson, the mechanic said I didn't need an alignment cause he would mark the threads and put it back together the same as before. 5000 miles later my right front tire was shot, the outside inch was worn down to the threads. Alignment guy said it was out on that side alot. $600 later plus alignment costs. Expensive lesson. Still can't understand how an engineer would design a joint which requires grease not to have a replaceable boot, what a waist of money for the consumer.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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Just think of all the needed income this has provided to the Spartan dealers and their employees over the years. Try to look at it as doing your part to help in the economic recovery of 2012.....

The previous owner of my '01 MADP replaced them a couple of years ago, along with new tires and an alignment after only 20,000 miles.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:42 PM   #4
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Does this particular problem cover certain years?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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My 05 KSDP is at Spartan right now for ball joint replacement due to torn boots. It has been almost two weeks now. They are unable to get ball joints out and are talking about having to replace complete assembly. New parts are not available for another two weeks. They think as they have been told by manufacture of joints that a life span of five years is acceptable. I'll bet if it was theirs they would not think that.

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What? 5 years is acceptable. Are you kidding me??!!!~!! It's a pretty sad state of affairs when we've reached a point where we accept that kind of an explanation. But whatcha gonna do!! I'm not sure what years are covered, but if it was me and I had a DSDP I'd definately get mine checked out.
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It covers almost all years and models of MH on Spartan. Know one seems to know if the new joints have a better boot. I guess time will tell. It cost app $2000 for normal replacement. Don't know yet how much mine will be.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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OK Newmar owners, there must be an engineer among us, design a snap on boot for theses joints and patent it. we will buy them.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #9
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I put water proof grease on top of the split boot and wrapped it with suran wrap to keep the water out. It has worked for two years now.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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Hey guys we are talking about the steering system, I'm not shure it is worth the possability of a failure going down the goad at 60 - 70 mph to not replace the components when you know they are not correct.
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