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Old 05-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Interior partition shifting: do I need new shocks?

Hi there,

This is my first post, so I just want to thank everyone for all the great information you've posted over the years; I've learned a lot just from forum surfing.

My husband and I just got our 1973 Land Yacht last year; we're newbies looking to start some interior renovation this summer. We've noticed that the interior partition walls and bulkheads are shifting a little and causing rivet breakage and closet doors to stick. Reading through the forums, I'm guessing that we have a problem with the running gear or the axles (both are original).

We took a 2000 mile trip in our trailer last summer, which made everything worse, and decided not to do another long haul until we could fix things up. I don't want to restore the interior until I'm sure that it won't all come loose again due to structural issues. Could anyone offer me advice as to what to have a repair shop check first? Thanks!

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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It really sounds like that is the cause of the interior damage and it will only get worse if you don't get the problem fixed. There is a ton of info on axles here on the forums. You can check the axles yourself. Here is a link to a good article by Andy at Inland RV
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I changed the ones on my Trade Wind myself. Not a terribly difficult job if you have a good concrete drive and some help.

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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The axle on my '73 Globetrotter was definitely sagged out and in need of replacement. You should start with evaluating how sagged your axle is. The rubber in that torsion axle is 40 yrs old--it would be hard to believe that it hasn't lost a lot of elasticity.

good luck.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice! We'll definitely read Andy's article and start with the axles.
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