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Old 07-17-2018, 05:55 PM   #11
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Search for a Dexter axle dealer near you. I had a bent axle on my 2011 Passport; found a local dealer who sold me a brand new Dexter axle based on the sticker numbers (length and distance between brackets) for $95. My local RV repair place charged me $225 to transfer the brakes, backing plates, and complete the install. So my total cost was roughly $325.
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:48 PM   #12
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If you have any mechanical ability, a couple jacks/jack stands, assorted tools, this is not a difficult job to do yourself.
But being under warranty I'd be sure it got done by your dealer, axle manufacturer or someone being paid through your warranty along with tire replacements. If you have to go toe to toe with the dealership owner/GM, do it, if that doesn't work keep going up the chain of command.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:05 AM   #13
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Travelin Texans, where did you get your alignment done. I plan to have mine done in Ft Worth.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:36 AM   #14
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Sorry, but the factory recommended a place in Elkhart Indiana while I was there having other warranty items taken care of.
Personally don't know of any place in the DFW area.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:04 AM   #15
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Travelin Texans, Thanks for the info.
I found a place in Ft Worth that did a friends fifth wheel and called them. They seemed to know all about the procedure and have done a lot of these alignments.
Rays Champion Spring and Motor Service.
My new axle was delivered today. Not sure what I will do with it as Rays said they will not need it.
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:26 PM   #16
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I purchased my bullet in Feb of this year. Still under manufacturer warranty.

Recently discovered I have a bent axle and has ruined 2 of my almost brand new Carlisle tires. ...
Did your new Bullet come with Carlisles? If not, is there a possibility the shop that changed out the tires is responsible for the axle damage?
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:40 PM   #17
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Travelin Texans, Thanks for the info.
I found a place in Ft Worth that did a friends fifth wheel and called them. They seemed to know all about the procedure and have done a lot of these alignments.
Rays Champion Spring and Motor Service.
My new axle was delivered today. Not sure what I will do with it as Rays said they will not need it.
Good info! Just don't watch them under there bending the tubes, it'll scare the hell out you!
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:48 AM   #18
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Did your new Bullet come with Carlisles? If not, is there a possibility the shop that changed out the tires is responsible for the axle damage?
I guess that is possible...but I couldn't prove it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:06 AM   #19
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I wouldn't bet on Keystone stepping up to pay for a new axle. You have used the RV on unknown roads and these roads in North America are getting worse by the day.

If I needed an axle, I would look at Eastern Marine first (https://www.easternmarine.com/em_store/axles ) they sell Dexter axles and are quite a bit less then anywhere else that I've looked, You will have a part number tag stuck somewhere on that axle, or if washed off, the numbers will be stamped on the back side, Eastern also show you how to measure for a double check.

It's a very easy change out that a DIYer with a few tools can do or even a local and decent garage if you don't have the tools. The tools are a ratchet and 4" extension 13/16" socket for the wheels, a 3/4" socket for the U-bolts and a 9/16" socket for the backing plate bolts along with a big pair of pilers for the spindle nut. You can borrow a torque wrench from Auto Zone or Advance Auto Parts. If Harbor Freight has a nearby store, 20 bucks will buy all but the torque wrench.

Good luck with your dealer and Keystone but also let us know
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:49 AM   #20
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Interesting enough, FedEx just delivered a second axle from Dexter to go along with the first which also came with four new seals and eight u-bolts. I guess I will install the new free axles and see if my tire wear problem goes away. If not I will have the axles aligned.
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