We were really lucky. Things could have been much worse. A break down like this could have left us stranded on the side of the road. On top of that, we are counting our blessings because this is only our second major rv repair in our 3+ years of full-time RVing. At least this time we didn’t have to be out of our home for very long. Basically the issue was broken suspension hangers which I explain in further detail below.
In order to make the best of the situation, we decided to rent a house for a few days via Airbnb. This marked a new first for us. We had used Airbnb once before, but it was to rent a campsite last year in Texas, not a house. There just happened to be some last minute availability in nearby Prescott at a reasonable price. Click below for Part 1 of our broken RV saga and our adventures in Prescott, Arizona:
Broken Leaf Spring Hanger
Apparently this is a pretty common problem for trailers. Especially around the 2-3 years old mark. From what we’ve read, it’s so common that many people shell out $7-10k for an upgraded suspension that doesn’t have these problems.
Clearly this will be something to keep an eye on in the future. Considering the fact that our cross bars were not welded properly to begin with, we are hopeful that we won’t have this problem again any time soon. It’s also worth mentioning that Jayco installs an equalizer from the factory. That is the device between the wheels that helps to distribute weight between axles. We are convinced that without it the tires would have been rubbing when the hanger broke. At least that enabled us to limp the RV at 25mph to the repair shop.
Our repairs came out to $1050. Not cheap, but a lot less than a suspension upgrade. We might consider an upgrade if there are future issues. Hopefully, that won’t be the case!
It’s nice when you can find the silver lining in things. Though it wasn’t convenient to have to move out of our home (an unfortunate reality when you live full-time in your RV and it needs to go to the shop), we really enjoyed having the extra space in the house for a few days. Though we have heard of situations where RVers have stayed in their RV at a shop while they undergo repairs, that wasn’t possible or practical in our case. So we made the best of our time in Prescott, which was beautiful. It’s easy to see why it is growing so fast.
The Granite Dells are a real gem. If we had had more time there are hiking trails that go all the way around Watson Lake. We also spotted some hangers in the granite for rock climbing. It reminded us a lot of Sylvan Lake in South Dakota. That’s one of our favorite climbing locations!
Moving Back Into The RV
In this episode we left you just before we attempted to pick up our RV from the repair shop. Next week we get it back and we’ll show you the repairs that were made to ensure we can safely continue traveling. We are glad we routinely check and monitor all of our RV components and systems and we highly recommend you do so as well!
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If you’d like to read about our RV and other RV adventures, then check out some of our other posts :
- Tuzigoot National Monument | Ancient Pueblo in Arizona
- Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well in Arizona
- Chiricahua National Monument | Echo Canyon Loop Hike
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
- Cathedral Gorge State Park
- RV Solar System Lessons Learned
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