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Old 03-29-2015, 06:23 PM   #1
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Broke down in Alabama!

We left Florida for home on Thursday, with the intention of making stops in the Florida Panhandle, Memphis, Nashville, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and visiting friends in Ohio. On the way from Milton, FL to Memphis, I was driving the rig on a U.S. Highway 45 just north of Citronelle, Alabama when I saw blue smoke coming from the trailer wheels on the driver's side. I immediately pulled over as much as I could. Right away a guy coming the other way turned around and stopped and offered to help. Another fellow came along, a friend of the first guy.

He suggested we park at a gas station about half a mile south so they could take a look. So we went there. They pulled the wheel off and found the brakes scored and a pin in the wheel broken. The first guy suggested we limp back to Citronelle, park in the shopping center across from a service garage, and catch the mechanic first thing in the morning. Today being Sunday these places are all closed.

We are not sure if the brake seized and caused the problem, or if the wheel itself seized. I guess we will find out tomorrow.

So we are boondocking for the night instead of going to Memphis. You gotta love McDonalds for their free internet! And you gotta love these friendly, helpful people in Alabama!
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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Sending best wishes for a quick solution to your dilemma. Hope you get back on the road in a short time. Don't forget the dollar menu at MickyD's. Anywhere you can save a buck or two.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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Had a similar problem on our way to FL in October. We broke down in LA. The axle had to be replaced. The only place to get a new one was from Lippert and they don't carry any inventory. It took four days to build and thirteen days to ship it from IN to LA. My insurance covered the cost except for the failed wheel bearing. Good luck with the repairs.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:30 PM   #4
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Do you hear banjos? (Just kidding!) Hope you get it fixed and back on the road quickly. You might do a quick search and see if you can find any mobile RV mechanics nearby.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:28 AM   #5
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I HATE to hear about problems while on a trip - I can sympathize !!!

Now you REALLY have to color in Alabama on the map in your signature !!!
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:41 AM   #6
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Good luck getting her fixed. Count your blessings your safe and no one got hurt. A locked hub at high speed could have caused an accident.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:38 AM   #7
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Had a problem and could not get road service also a Sunday (GoodSam left us on the side of the road). Parked illegally so we called the State Police not only did they check on us periodically they located a mechanic and we were back on the road at 11am. Their courtesy was remarkable.

Keep us posted good luck!
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The best of luck for you guys, thank god there's still good people out there,
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:38 PM   #9
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We found a mechanic who could fix it, one recommended by our new friends in Alabama. He told us we needed a new wheel hub. We called Crossroads, and they gave us the names of two dealers in Mobile who might have the part. One didn't have it, the other said they did so we went there. It was the wrong part (we had the broken one with us). They sent us to a specialty trailer supply place, who did have the part. The brakes looked scored so we bought that piece as well. $260 at the trailer place and $100 to the mechanic who fixed it, and we were on the road at 2 p.m.

The mechanic said it was a bad bearing which caused the problem. The whole wheel hub cracked.

It's a good thing we have a truck so we could go and get the part. Those driving motor homes without toads are stuck in a situation like that. One lucky thing for us was the fact that the breakdown occurred just a couple of miles out of a town (Citronelle), and not many miles further up the road with nothing around for miles. We were able to limp into town and park in a quiet parking lot across from the mechanic. Of course our new Alabama friends showed us where to park.
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Glad you are back on your way after the repairs. Good luck for the rest of your journey.
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