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Old 08-09-2007, 03:04 PM   #1
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Kittys' OUCH, again !!!!

Hey Ya'll,

First I've had internet access in a while, I miss being in touch. Well, just west of Wichita, KS I "roasted" a bearing, pretty badly . Had to be towed, so I called Good Sam ERS, they dispatched tow service. I was taken to Adventure RV on west side of Wichita. Wonderful folks. Mom and I were permitted to plug into 30 amp service and stay on the lot in Sunny while parts were obtained and repairs made. When dealership closed, we were locked on the lot of course, so we planned accordingly.

Brad & Keith start to assess the damage, roasted bearing, brakes and drum The tow driver told them about the pinching of the wires, so they checked that out and they said because I thought fast enuff to turn the battery off, I prevented "MAJOR" damage. Basically cooked the battery, battery cable, a connector and filled battery box with battery acid. Contacted Good Sam about this damage, and they are sending me some forms

I now have new wheel bearings on all 4 wheels, new brakes on the front axle, new seal and new drum. The heat from the bearing was bad enuff, but with the extreme weather temps, well, just insult to inury. The total bearing job was $662.45, and tow damage was $232.73(Good Sam to re-imburse me for this)

In light of the problems, it has still been a wonderful trip, since I don't have plans to go west of the Mississippi for a long long long time.

Hopefully here are some pics:



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CAN ANYTHING ELSE CAUSE ME PROBLEMS?

Kitty

PS: Yes, YES I was the one that had to back Sunny onto the tow-trailer.
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:18 PM   #2
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Wow Kitty, it sounds like some trip. Glad no one was hurt, and glad you turned the battery off in time. That looks like it could have been some major damage.

Hopefully we'll never have to back our Sunline onto a flatbed trailer

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OUCH is right....hope the rest of your vacation is trouble free!
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Hey Kitty,

Sorry to hear about the bearings and battery. Do you know how the battery cable got pinched. Just asking so we can check to make sure our cable isn’t getting pinched.

Glade to hear you got everything taken care of.

Hope the rest of your trip is safe and uneventful.

We missed you at the 2007 Eastern M&G –we’ve already got a 2008 Eastern M&G scheduled – check it out.

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Oooo...poor Sunny Glad you got her fixed with out total disaster. Yes yes yes you MUST come to the next M&G. We had an AWSOME time !
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Wow Kitty, it looks like you got really lucky there. That looks like a situation that could go from bad to worse very quickly. Hope you have an uneventful rest of your trip.

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Wow! I'm glad you were able to avoid worse damage. You are very attentive to details to have caught the wiring problem. Most of us would have been so busy dwelling on the bearing issue that we may have missed the wiring problem until it was too late. I hope the remainder of your trip goes smoothly.
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:17 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your kind words. OK, now to explain "how" the wires got pinched. The tow truck driver wrapped a chain under the front cross member and attached it to the main beam of the frame. When he cranked the chain tight, it pinched the hot wire against the front cross member. No sparks, but a whole lot of SMOKE! By this time he was on the other side of the Sunny re-checking that front chain, he saw the smoke, said "Holy Sheet", he jumped back to the offending side to try to un-do the chain as quick as possible (not something you can undo quickly). I panicked and reached for the battery shutoff. Thank goodness nothing was really damaged as far as electrically goes. Soo, I don't believe this is a major concern, UNLESS YOU GET LOADED ON A LOWBOY TRAILER My Camping World credit card loves me, well, until I get home and pay it off. But, I will get reward vouchers to spend in Camping World, and the new one in Winchester, VA should not be far from opening.

I got a chance to read about the M & G, and I will make my res. as soon as I get home. Hope they will still have a place for me. I would call sooner, if some of you can give me the number and maybe possible site #'s to ask for?

In Branson, Mo tonight, leaving in the am, slowly headed home. Branson is a busy place, but easy to navigate. I've been here for two nights, full hookup, cable, and wi-fi, overlooking the town of Branson for a whooping $15.60 per night thanks to Passport America. If anyone is interested in joining PA, please let me know, as they have a referral/reward system.

I am slowly downloading lots of photos of my trip on Webshots, so I will post a link to them later.

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Wow Kitty, you sure are lucky. Sorry to hear about your incident, however I am glad to hear everyone is okay. Here's hope the rest of your trip is enjoyable and less exciting than this incident.
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I would call sooner, if some of you can give me the number and maybe possible site #'s to ask for?
Hi Kitty,

Not to seem too pushy but,

Phone # for Buttonwood is 717-436-8334
Web site is http://www.buttonwoodcamp.com/

As far as sites:
Site # 98 is a pull-through if you want one of those
Site # 88 is a back in and will back up to the center area where we meet and close to the tent.

Other good sites would be:
Sites # 81 or 66

Hope this helps
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Kitty,
I'm curious. How did you know it was a bearing that got fried? What gave you the indication. I'd like to know in case it happens to me.
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Never a dull moment..............glad to hear all is fine except your purse but that can always be refilled!!! Glad you found a connection, I was just telling Sue the other day that I had been missing your comments and wondered where you were. Marshall
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Re: Roasted Bearing

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How did you know it was a bearing that got fried? What gave you the indication. I'd like to know in case it happens to me.
Joe, while I can't speak for Kitty, we had a similar situation happen to us on the 2653. We were on the highway and happened to pull off for gas and found the EBC read "Er" for error, plus we had no trailer brakes. Fortunately we had a good long exit ramp. We pulled in to the gas station and my dad noticed the wheel was all black, so he went up and put his hand near it only to discover it was very hot! He took the remaining water in a water bottle and poured it over it to cool it some. We later found after nursing it to a Sears parking lot that everything was gone on it, just like Kitty had. I'm interested to know how she found the problem with the aluminum wheels, since there's no paint to burn off of those.

From the pics, it appears her SOC magnet is missing from the LF center cap, so maybe what could burn up did. BTW, ours got so hot it melted all our lug nut caps and center cap, plus burned the paint off. Needless to say that wheel, now repainted, resides in my room .

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Kitty...

Wow! I can't believe how close you came to losing the entire TT! Or how lucky I was not to have the same problem (07/27/07 Que forum post "36 Day Roadrun").

Based on these experiences:
==>from this point on, I'm getting my wheel bearings repacked every year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes 1st!
==>And in the future, if I get a new trailer, I'm going to NOT trust the factory's initial bearing pack...I'll get it done to start with.

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