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Old 06-01-2016, 10:18 PM   #1
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Rebuild ProPride

Howdy..
Rebuild ProPride?? Yup
Done it yourself?? Almost to "Yup"
Removed, disassembled, cleaned, cleaned.... Cleaned.. Then, well, cleaned


I am now going back together and it seems
To be going well...'few snags'..

This IS NOT for The faint of heart or lacking in significant mechanical ability... But I am nearly done... Almost to "Yup"...
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:32 PM   #2
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Would really love to see pictures on how to disassemble, clean, and get it back together...


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Old 06-02-2016, 05:26 AM   #3
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Would really love to see pictures on how to disassemble, clean, and get it back together...


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Me too. Anyone care to do a series of videos?
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:22 AM   #4
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Missed the video opportunity... No one to take the video which would have included humorous and revealing out takes...

I called Sean when I suspected a problem. After his messaging (via cell message on SUNDAY!!) diagnostic help, he offered to send replacement if I agreed to return the old one. (Lifetime warranty)

Cost to overnight to me??? About $500 to Texas.. Uhhhh...options? I do not know return ground cost...but probably more than my repair cost..(minus my time.)

I asked I could do work..and maintain warranty...yup....

Sean gave suggestions so I dove in....with help of a strong friend who I brew beer with....

It took some...errrr... Persuasion... (Not beer) but came apart. Ok,

It has taken me a few days... About 15 hours working slow and carefully to ensure all could be repaired safely.. (in my workshop to figure approach, remove old bearings...cleanand (and cleaned...see above), hand tool recondition shafts.. Locate parts (hardest was sourcing the "small seal)... start reassembly.

Sean sent repair parts overnight, once I figured out the problem(Wow)...

I cannot post pics here. Will upload and provide pic links... May even do a writeup... At least the way I did the work.

At least you can laugh at my humble expense...and it won't be a total waste...

How's that sound?
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:42 AM   #5
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:12 AM   #6
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Wow! Those pics are surprising!
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:30 AM   #7
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Channing, how old is the ProPride? Did Sean offer any insight on what triggered the damage to the bearing? Almost looks like a lack of grease but hard to tell as you may have already wiped stuff off.

I was at Sean's shop a year or so ago and we did some checking on my setup. Pulled both spindles and replaced the bearings. Straight forward process but the weight and size of the parts makes it a job. The experts, Sean and primarily his dad who was there that day, pulled it apart and back together in about 90 mins. Of course they had years of experience.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:56 PM   #8
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Water had intruded and all that was left was water in the bearings and a bit of telltale white grease on the upper ones. Lowers were toast. The shaft that goes from fat end of link down had both bearings disabled....crushed...those I had to use bearing puller to remove..

Sean said the hardest thing was to not damage the seals in reassembly... The original seals had allowed water in.. So had the bearing caps. The caps will be sealed with the dreaded RTV...

I didn't damage new seals because I cleaned up the leading edge with a slope/angle then polished. I have done hundreds like this without issue. I am concerned where the seal surface contacts the shaft.. It was/is very pitted... I polished the surface, so there is less "wear points" to chew up the seal lip.

Hopefully this will be a "permanent" fix.
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Tip of the hat to you, cwf. You're really good to be able to tackle that job! I'm impressed!

How many miles on that hitch?
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:15 PM   #10
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Nice work Channing!

Without water getting in there I cant imagine those bearings ever failing.

This winter I popped the dust caps off of my Hensley for that very reason. It was still dry clean and pretty.

I am going to make that an annual inspection item. I bought used, so no warrantee for me.


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Old 06-08-2016, 08:09 PM   #11
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Tip of the hat to you, cwf. You're really good to be able to tackle that job! I'm impressed!

How many miles on that hitch?
Howdy.. it is 3 years old.. at least 25K miles... I now know what to look for and know it has been broken for quite a while.. most noticeable after my "off time" for health reasons...
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I know I'd have been caught by surprise (age and miles). Sure glad you got it rebuilt.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:19 PM   #13
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Well, well.. A bit of an update..
Repaired PP with new 20k coupler. Recheck of receiver end height and pitch indicated an adjustment.. Before all the repairs, the bow was high and stern low when underway. So, the measurements indicated a drop of the receiver end by 3 holes.. I obediently adjusted and we ventured off. Right off the bat the AS seemed a bit squirrelly... But not dangerous.

As I was rolling up to speed, about 45 MPH, then as I started to match traffic, a sway began!!! My wife was scared nearly witless.. But witless is my job... The stern was oscillating what seemed to be almost one foot.. I rolled off power NO BRAKES.. But did tap the electrics a bit.. and it settled down. I rolled 45 with my bride crying.. till exiting and pulled into a big parking lot (thanks Bass Pro)... I stopped, exited and stood there, looking at the rig in disgust, anger and severe disappointment. My wife was ready to park the Airstream there, out a for sale sign on it ($2 or best offer)...

The news got out quickly and my son and another good mechanic showed up.. They withheld my "wrath by ball-peen"...

Now...as they say.."It is personal." Never had the PP done this before.. The rebuild was solid.. I locked tires... then unhitched.. Check the PP... No problem, head moved smooth as glass!

Jacked each side..of Airstream... All wheels, brakes, etc, working as perfect as possible.. No bearing noise, only brake drum scrape... No wheel bearing slack or noisy (I had already checked these at home before PP repair... What COULD it be!!! Hitch height??? The only thing I "modified" in any significant way...

No... It can't be. My last choice.. Hitch Head Height.. Took out my battery operated impact tool... Raised the Receiver ONE hole.. Rehitched.. Did some go/stop in rapid succession.. All ok. Made some Airstream handling scenes in the parking lot.. (Unadvisasable)... No issues...

Loaded catatonic wife and her dog into the truck.. Then headed out with mechanic friends following...

Up to 45.. Ok. Semi aggressive lane changes.. Rock solid... 50... Ok... 60.. Ok. 65!!! Ok. Alright.. 70. Significant lane changes... Ok!!!!! Ok!!!

Hmmmmm perhaps the Airstream felt my bride writing with her lipstick, on the curb side window... "For sale..
$2 or best offer!" And decided it should "play nice"???


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That's my job

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