A Cry for Help|
Steve and Gail Corey
This is the response we got from some aero cruiser members after a cry for help:
Pulling into a campsite at Casa de Fruta near Gilroy, CA, Gail
and I heard a big “bang” from the rear of the coach. I stopped immediately
and we searched for the cause, but none was found.
I remembered a letter written in a past issue of Aero Cruise
News by Lynda and Gary Smyth about their big “bang” and the troubles they
had with their rear axle. I read the letter and noticed some strange
similarities. Big “bang” noise from the rear, recent brake job, near Los
Banos, CA, on the way to Yosemite, among other things.
It was late, but I got out with my flashlight and started
looking at the rear axles. The tag axle shock and springs seemed to be even
lower than their already normally low carriage. I went back to the Smyths letter
where they mention a repair shop in Los Banos that did all the work on their
With the experience they had with their coach, I thought this
shop would be a good place to have mine inspected. Knowing the Smyths had
recently sold their coach to Frank and Lynda DeRemer, I called them for the name
and number of the shop hoping they had records at hand.
Well, that one phone call started it!
Frank informed me that it was the drive, not the tag axle, that
had been repaired on their coach and that the records were in the coach in the
transmission shop. But he helped me analyze the problem, formulate an action
plan and even offered to house us if lengthy repairs were needed. Within 30
minutes, Dragi Petrovich called offering assistance. By 10 PM George Kennison
had been contacted and Frank Fries and Gary Smyth had called to offer help.
The response was amazing. One minute Gail and I felt alone in
this place, the next we felt we had an army of supporters ready to help if
needed. This is the true value of the Aero Cruiser Club membership: camaraderie
with good people, quick to help, with vast knowledge of our coaches.
Thanks for your response and willingness to help,
Note: the tag axle will be modified by removing a 4" block
between the axle and the spring. This will improve the low hanging condition a
few of our 29’ers have. Hopefully the shock brackets won’t hit any more
Steve and Gail Corey
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