We are so grateful for beaver. Beaver, Utah that is…get your minds out of the gutter people! We just couldn’t resist the innuendo! At least we still have our sense of humor! We are actually behind at least three posts since our Yellowstone and had intended on starting to catch up today. Unfortunately, what we expected to be a short day of driving turned into much more.
In an earlier post we had mentioned how nerve wracking driving in the wind was for us. Sean had noticed a great deal of sway as he was driving. He even commented that he was surprised he didn’t notice that issue in storms we drove through in Missouri and South Dakota. Sherry had also commented about a month ago that the kitchen side of the RV seemed lower. She noticed that when we were getting ready to pull out of one of the parks. Sean agreed it seemed lower, but after crawling under the RV he couldn’t find anything visually amiss.
On our drive Tuesday the wind was pretty strong and Sean said he could definitely feel the RV sway and the handling was off. Again, we chalked it up to the wind and drove on. While we stopped for fuel in Beaver, UT at the Flying J, we had a young man come up and tell us he noticed the RV was really sagging on the driver side. He was a service station worker from the trucker repair shop. Sherry was skeptical that he was just trying to drum up business. However, he got down on the ground and under the R.V. to show Sean where he thought there was a problem. Sure enough, after we looked harder at the driver-side wheel wells, we realized the tilt was even more noticeable than before. While underneath the RV, Sean was able to see that one of the suspension brackets had snapped off and the spring was resting on the frame.
Fortunately, this was just enough to keep the tires from rubbing and locking up on us while driving. That would have been a real mess. YIKES.
If that young man hadn’t called our attention to the worsening situation, our repairs could have been much more than they were – a possible stranded us on the side of the highway!
We were able to pull in front of their shop and he and the owner changed out all four springs and all fittings on both sides of the RV in under two hours. Sean watched with them as they did the work and showed him the ‘beefier’ springs and fittings that were being installed. The owner told us that they were constantly getting called out to the highway to repair broken RV suspensions, so not an uncommon issue. He said it is easy to not notice an issue until there is a catastrophic failure. We were glad he said this because we were beginning to feel silly and ashamed for not noticing such a huge problem underneath our rig. We were so lucky we didn’t have to call in our Good Sam Roadside assistance from the side of HWY 15. 🙂
Here is a little we learned about our suspension while talking to the mechanics:
We have a Mor/Ryde system, which the mechanics said gave a great ride and they generally liked it. Their criticism with it was many RV companies tend to not use as heavy a suspension on their rigs as they probably should and some of the parts are light weight. During the repair, we saw several examples of relatively ‘fragile’ parts coming off the RV. Especially compared to the replacement bolts, bushings and springs. In fact, the new springs are 5 instead of 4 leaf.
After leaving Beaver, we had another two hours to our destination. The ride was great! We can’t believe how much different it felt while hauling down the road. THANK YOU again to the service mechanics working at the Flying J at the “Goober’s Service” repair shop in Beaver, Utah. Someone was definitely looking out for us that day!
And, after all the trouble, it is nice to show up to a destination and new site like this one. It helps us to remember what this adventure is all about.