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Old 06-02-2019
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You can get hints by checking the "Maybe Tomorrow" channel on YouTube.
All I could find under Maybe Tomorrow was music videos.
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They ordered a whole new axle from some place in Canada and it will be many weeks before it's arrived and installed. That's what was in the video.
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Look for "button and loops maybe tomorow" on YouTube. I did not realize they were known as kevin and Kerry to us. I thought two 97s had the problem! Glad I was mistaken.
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They ordered a whole new axle from some place in Canada and it will be many weeks before it's arrived and installed. That's what was in the video.
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Look for "button and loops maybe tomorow" on YouTube. I did not realize they were known as kevin and Kerry to us. I thought two 97s had the problem! Glad I was mistaken.
Still don't see axle update
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The video has a childproof lock on it... Here's the key:

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Thanks for the combination, just curious.
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Thx for the update. What a project!
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SUCCESS! Our broken tag axle has been replaced with a new 8" drop center axle made by Dexter Axle in Ontario. Along with the new axle we also replaced the hubs, drums, shoes, brake chambers, airbags and shocks.

Since the tag axle is welded to the Ridewell tag suspension we thought that replacing the tag axle would require removing the entire tag axle suspension assembly from the coach. However, we found that the broken axle could be cut away from where it attaches to the suspension, thereby leaving the suspension in-place and saving a lot of time. The new axle was simply set in-place, lined up, and welded. Removal and installation of the axle was about a days work from start to finish. We expected it to take much longer.

The most difficult part for the guys in the shop was the removal and installation of the drive axle airbags and the tag lift airbags. Those particular bags are just hard to access!

We haven't driven the coach since having the work done other than the drive from the shop back to the RV park. Our drive tires still need replacing so we're waiting for those to get installed before we start logging more miles. I will say, however, that the ride from the shop was noticably smoother than before.

All in all it was a great learning experience, albeit a very frustrating one at times! We looked at every repair option that was available to us - from welding the old axle to finding a used axle to building a new axle - and we are confident that we made the right decision for our situation. We now know that our new tag axle is stonger than the original axle that Blue Bird created and should be good for at least another 22 years! That is a great peace-of-mind for us and hopefully reasurring for whomever the next caretaker of our coach happens to be.

Our thanks to everyone who was willing and able to help us gather information as we learned what it takes to fix our bird's broken leg.
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Glad to see that you're almost back on the road!

If you have any drawings, part numbers, contact numbers for people to call, etc. (that you can share), it would surely help others in the future.
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Personally, I would have a professional weld it. He will strengthen it, both sides.
It will be stronger than new, and I'd bet good money it will be stronger than any new axle you can find.
Your $, your choice.
I totally agree. I've been on the WOG now 3 month. I have seen two like this and the other with the straps broken. I am going to take mine (in the next few weeks) and see if the shop in Punta Gorda can add gussets and / or work over some of the welds. My axles are rusty to boot so it be worth it for pro look see.
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