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Old 04-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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How to access driveshaft/grease rear of chassis?

Hello,

I have a 09 Safari Cheetah 42 on a Roadmaster 10 airbag rear radiator tag axle chassis.


After recently reading some posts on greasing the chassis, I bought a grease gun and went to work.

The front half of the greasing the chassis went easy and I was done in 30 minutes.

The back half of the chassis is another matter. There is a "steel lattice" in the way so that I can not access the driveshaft. For background info, I am 6'2 and 150 lbs. I was known as "monkey man" in high school due to my ability to get into contortions.


Additionally, now I am worried that if I were to need a tow on the side of the road, the tow truck operator would not be able to get in there to disconnect the driveshaft.

How do you owners of the RR10R Tag Axle chassis deal with this? Is there something I am missing?

The only solutions I can think of are to raise the rear tires off ground with jacks, or dump tag air, and drive drive axle up on ramps. Both of these solutions sound extremely unsafe to me. I really do not want to be risking my life like this every 5000 miles to grease a ujoint.

Thanks,
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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The towtruck driver can pull the axles without getting under the coach so that isn't going to be a concern.

My tag axle coach is so close to the ground that I have to drive it up on long solid timber ramps before I can wriggle underneath and then it is still a battle to get at all the grease points
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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From your description it sounds like you have a Rock Guard under the coach that is there to protect the radiator from things on the road being thrown up into it. That shield should be removable. Will likely have to come off to change the oil also.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:47 AM   #4
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Interesting and curious. I have an 08 Endeavor with a rock guard that looks like the one pictured. It does have to come off for oil changes but not to grease the drive shaft.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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Rex -- It`s not a rock guard that he`s refering to -- It`s the framing for the tag -- I have the same problem with our 42' Camelot -- I use Speeco to grease our coach -- I do all the other stuff, but can`t get to the front u-joint to grease it -- Bill willard
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moparmaga2.....Hopefully, you'll figure out how to access that tag zerk. Now here is some news that might be good or bad . The front steering shaft has three zerks on it. One under the coach you can easily see, one midway up the shaft that has to be done from underneath, usually by wiggling around the generator and the third one is inside the coach.

The inside fitting is under the shroud that surronds the steering column. Remove the screws that hold the shroud together and you'll see the third zerk. I don't necessarilly grease the two upper ones every time I lube.
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The only solutions I can think of are to raise the rear tires off ground with jacks, or dump tag air, and drive drive axle up on ramps. Both of these solutions sound extremely unsafe to me. I really do not want to be risking my life like this every 5000 miles to grease a ujoint.

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Then you insert JACK STANDS........
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Then you insert JACK STANDS........
Or as a an old time farmer/rancher would do it use heavy blocks of wood. 6" X 6" X 24" blocks can be cross stacked as necessary. You just don't crawl under heavy duty equipment without extra safety stand of some type. Especially farm equipment when the wheels are almost 6 ft in diameter.
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