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Old 11-02-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Drag Link

I just took my motorhome in for repair and they said I need a new drag link. The linkage is fine, it is the seal that is broken. The part costs $1300 and labor is another $550. Anyone have any suggestions? This seems like a lot of money.

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Old 11-02-2016, 07:16 PM   #2
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Get a second opinion at another shop.

If good, boot or seal, can be replaced
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I just took my motorhome in for repair and they said I need a new drag link. The linkage is fine, it is the seal that is broken. The part costs $1300 and labor is another $550. Anyone have any suggestions? This seems like a lot of money.

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What year/make/model/engine/chassis etc.??? The reason I ask is, there may be folks on here that have the same coach/chassis etc. that have had theirs replaced or serviced.
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It is a 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador with a Cummins engine.
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It is a 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador with a Cummins engine.

Many Monaco coaches have a drag link with one replaceable end and one that is not. If the non replaceable end is damaged then the entire drag link has to be replaced. Call these folks:

http://sourcerv.com

I believe they can manufacture a drag link for you at a substantially better price. The drag link is not complicated or time consuming to install. The labor price you were quoted looks very high to me.
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I've never came across a Drag link I couldn't drop and replace in more than an hour and than checking the alignment afterwords... I can't imagine where the pricing is coming from.....
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Call Carry Kaiser at Kaiser Alignment in Eugene, OR. They make replacement drag links for Monaco coaches and charge $750-850.

Replacing a drag link on a Monaco is two bolts, a big hammer, and at the most 1/2 hour. Then take the coach to a good alignment shop. If you show up with the new drag link, any truck alignment shop will replace it for about 1/2 labor + alignment.
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I've never came across a Drag link I couldn't drop and replace in more than an hour and than checking the alignment afterwords... I can't imagine where the pricing is coming from.....
Drag link replacement should have no effect on alignment...
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Drag link replacement should have no effect on alignment...
Agree.

And as to the OP and the issue, whatever it is, I would definitely get another opinion.
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Drag link replacement should have no effect on alignment...
Depends on if you consider centering the steering wheel as part of an alignment job. A drag link doesn't affect the camber, caster or toe, but of not trimmed properly, the steering wheel will point out in left field. Most drivers, including myself, don't like that very much.
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Agree--no alignment needed--if the service tech matches the length of the new link to the old one--your steering wheel should remain centered--no problem--duh [smile]. Depending on location, the rear link end can be a bit of a bugger to get at and remove. Most service centers have a hard time finding either replacement links, or ball-joint ends. Finding a link supplier can be tough--Volvo truck, Sterling, Meritor, Nuway, etc. [tube dia., right/left threads, metric vs SAE, etc] Most drag link manufacturers wont sell you replacement boots as they insist the ball-joint ends are ruined if the boots have failed [not necessarily IMHO].

As long as the internal, metal ball-joint is intact, you can usually find a generic grease boot that will seal the joint again--replacements for some are easier that others to find, and you still have to disconnect the ends to replace the boots. To get by, I wrapped the joints with strips of rubber and secured with a hose clamp, until I found a suitable replacement boot. My coach has 160k miles on it and the ball-joint ends were fine--just the boots had failed.
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