Wheel Bearing?? - - or - - Brakes??
I have been towing travel trailers for more than 20 years, and this is my first experience with the unusual happenings with my '78 Argosy Minuet. A reputable shop (who has performed this service for me many times) repacked its wheel bearings and inspected the brakes in August after which I towed it 560 miles to Ace Fogdall RV for a complete systems checkup and repair. Saturday, I towed the Minuet back to my home near the Quad Cities in Illinois (200 miles) and experienced some strange problems. My first attribution was to brake trouble, but now I am not so sure. I am not mechanically inclined so must trust the professionals.
On the return trip from Cedar Falls, IA, each time the brakes were applied, there was a metalic bang followed by two jerks. I attributed this to three weeks of inactivity and rust in the drums - - my Overlander has been known to do this for as many as the first three stops after it has sat long enough to build up a rust coating on the drum surfaces. This didn't stop however, and was still present on the third and subsequent stops - - but I was to DuBuque, IA by then and closer to my home than Cedar Falls so stopped to check the hubs - - warm to the touch but not hot. Continued on stopping twice more to check hubs but not hot - - just warm to the touch. Was exhausted by the time I got home so didn't look at the trailer until today - - now I notice oil/grease stains on both the Argosy hub caps and on the wheel spider - - it is not oily/greasy to the touch but is a new stain.
Now I am worried as I am supposed to tow the Minuet to Fowler Interiors near Paducah, KY this coming Saturday - - more than 360 miles. I don't know whether to panic and have an unknown RV dealer nearer my home look at the trailer - - or throw caution to the wind and take off as planned on Friday afternoon and stop every 50 to 75 miles to check the hubs.
Any thought on whether I might be over reacting to the situation? Anyone with a recommendation for a good repair shop in the Quad Cities of Illinois or Iowa?
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)