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Old 05-31-2007, 08:46 PM   #15
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I was quoted $85/axle by my local "Trailers for Less" dealer.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:00 AM   #16
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Follow up on actual cost

Not to bump this thread, but the final bill was:

$338.91 to repack the bearings and 'check brakes' because they pulled to one side. Parts accounted for $53, but included a small piece for one of the brakes adjustment components.

This was $50 lower than the original bill because I told them they were above market based on the responses to this thread. They reduced the price immediately.

BY THE WAY - the brakes pulled worse than when I brought them in. I spent several hours adjusting them, but finally had to give up and drive Houston to Steamboat Springs CO (two major mountain passes) with the problem. (We were grateful for the jake brake on our new F250 - hardly touched the brakes going down the passes)

Now that I know more about electric brakes, I don't think they checked the voltage or anything, which I will do next time I'm at the trailer. This winter, when we bring it home to Texas, we're getting disc brakes installed. Enough already!

The lesson is - DO IT YOURSELF IF YOU WANT IT DONE RIGHT! Or have a dedicated, knowledgeable and trustworthy mechanic! So much for my rant!
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:54 AM   #17
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I was quoted $85/axle by my local "Trailers for Less" dealer.
Correction, had them done this last weekend for $68/axle plus $50 for brake inspection and adjustment.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:00 PM   #18
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Just paid a dealership $175 for a single axle. It seems that most of the RV repair facilities around here are either scared of Airstreams, or charge about the same. There's one that's only 1 mile from my house that occasionally sells used Airstreams, but won't do any work on them.
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:07 PM   #19
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I had mine done when I bought new tires four years back. Paid Big O $100 for three axles (I furnished the seals).

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My seals were included with my service price. Seems they charged based on the capacity of the axle. They asked that when I brought it in and I wasn't sure so they asked how many lugs the wheels had. They asked how many lugs were on the wheels when I made the appointment. I guess it is a time thing.

I think one thing that may have made a difference is that the shop I took it to isn't an RV dealer. They sell custom box trailers, car carriers, horse/livestock trailers, and the like, but they see no difference in one type of trailer from the rest. A Henschen (SP?) is the same to them whether it is under a horse trailer or a travel trailer. I did discuss different brands of RV tires and they seemed to be familiar with the different brands. At least more brands than I knew and some I did. They said they carried the Goodyear Marathons and used to carry the Maxxus but their distributor had discontinued them because they didn't like them for "some reason". He wouldn't elaborate. Anyway, the service manager seemed to know a lot about trailers in general including hitches and axles and tires. His crew also seemed knowledgeable about what they did. Admittedly, they didn't know anything about Airstream brand trailers specifically, but I'm not surprised.
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