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Old 09-26-2022, 10:17 AM   #1
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2005 ITASCA HORIZON steering shaft needed

Freightliner says 45 days to deliver

Any alternative appreciated
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:41 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Sorry your first post is about a problem .

Members are going to need more info about your chassis ( XC ? XCS ? Evolution ?) and where the shaft is in the steering gear , to be of any help .

A picture of the part or a part number from Freightliner would be a great help.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:52 AM   #3
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Yes, need more details.


Is this from steering wheel to steering box?


Pitman arm? Further in the steering "line-up"?



What is wrong with it?
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Old 09-26-2022, 03:39 PM   #4
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Sorry your first post is about a problem .

Members are going to need more info about your chassis ( XC ? XCS ? Evolution ?) and where the shaft is in the steering gear , to be of any help .

A picture of the part or a part number from Freightliner would be a great help.
Freightliner no. ZF 703595228

Do not know chases model

Runs to steering gear/box

Ujoint worn
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:54 PM   #5
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replace just the u-joint find the cross reference with a dana part
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replace just the u-joint find the cross reference with a dana part

Absolutely the right/least expensive option.


Replacing a whole steering shaft for bad U joint is not reasonable--not unless the U joint is just not available (which would surprise me).
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Old 09-30-2022, 03:43 PM   #7
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Many steering shafts are not serviceable, you can't just change the U Joint.
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Many steering shafts are not serviceable, you can't just change the U Joint.

Unfortunate ; but true ; the shaft manufacturer is the one liable for a failed part and manufactures it in a way to make service impossible.
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Old 10-14-2022, 01:39 PM   #9
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Still waiting

My Freightliner dealer is unable to give me a delivery date.

The ujoint on the steering shaft is pressed fit, so not repairable.

How does one contact the powers to be at Freightliner to obtain a delivery date?

Right now it is a black hole.

Thanks to those who have offered comments.
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Take it to a driveshsft shop and see if they can replace the whole joint or create a new shaft.
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My Freightliner dealer is unable to give me a delivery date.

The ujoint on the steering shaft is pressed fit, so not repairable.

How does one contact the powers to be at Freightliner to obtain a delivery date?

Right now it is a black hole.

Thanks to those who have offered comments.
I love it when a MANUFACTURER says somethings "not repairable". On of our last coach, a '99 Fleetwood Bounder 34V with the F-53 chassis and the V-10. The parking brake system was in-op and Ford said, CAN'T REBUILD IT, need to buy a new one at a mere $1,500. It's the version that's on the end of the transmission. I took a look at it and within about an hour, I had it all apart and found some new brake shoes for it, some new bearings and a seal, all for about $100 or so. YEAH SURE FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!

OP, we have a very close sistership to yours. Ours is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP. And you'll see in one of the pics, it's an *Evolution* chassis, (XC). You're saying that your "steering shaft" is in need of replacement? I have linked a few pics of mine just for reference. I'm assuming (which could be bad) that yours is identical. The pics are not ultra clear but you'll get the point. Lots of stuff in the way of clear pics. That shaft is not round, nor rectangular but basically in the shape of a *cross* (for lack of a better description). And that U-joint in the discussion is at the bottom. If you click on any of those pics, then click again and again, you'll zoom in as far as possible and get a better look at that u-joint.

That shaft would not be easy to get to, at least in ours. Somebody with skinny arms and wrists and have built in u-joints in their arms maybe could tackle that job. Not someone like with TREE TRUNKS for arms and fingers.

But, if I had to, SOMEWAY, somehow, I'd be able to get it out and I'd find some form of replacement parts, as in a u-joint if that's what would be needed. Just because Freightliner built the chassis, doesn't mean they're the ONLY supplier of parts. It's the old Clint Eastwood line in his movie "Heartbreak Ridge", you "adapt, overcome and improvise" in some things in the RV world. Of course, this is the steering shaft in an RV we're talking about so, the job must be done correctly so no body dies.
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