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    Cost to replace axles on 2800BH

    Hey all... new to the forum! We bought a 2018 2800BH in late 2018 used (seller took one trip in it and decided it wasn’t for them). We’ve always had issues with sway when towing, even though we’ve had the setup reviewed by the dealer, etc. and we’ve also noticed uneven tire wear so something seems amiss. We just took it in for service and asked them to look at this and also the leafsprings on passenger side (they were flattened out for some reason).

    I just heard back from the dealer and they said 3 of the 4 spindles were bent and recommended the following:

    Replace both axles, morryde cre300(upgrade suspension to OEM), leaf springs,U-Bolts, and shackle kit is $4236.89 (parts,labor, freight included) tax extra.

    Couple questions:

    1) Do you think bent spindles could be source of my sway issues? Seems like the uneven tire wear for sure would be caused by this?
    2) This price seems high to me! Should I look for another place to do this work or is this the going rate? (We had to put a new transmission in our Yukon on the last camping trip, this hobby is getting expensive!)

    Thanks for any insight or suggestions you all may have on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therealmkc View Post
    Hey all... new to the forum! We bought a 2018 2800BH in late 2018 used (seller took one trip in it and decided it wasn’t for them). We’ve always had issues with sway when towing, even though we’ve had the setup reviewed by the dealer, etc. and we’ve also noticed uneven tire wear so something seems amiss. We just took it in for service and asked them to look at this and also the leafsprings on passenger side (they were flattened out for some reason).

    I just heard back from the dealer and they said 3 of the 4 spindles were bent and recommended the following:

    Replace both axles, morryde cre300(upgrade suspension to OEM), leaf springs,U-Bolts, and shackle kit is $4236.89 (parts,labor, freight included) tax extra.

    Couple questions:

    1) Do you think bent spindles could be source of my sway issues? Seems like the uneven tire wear for sure would be caused by this?
    2) This price seems high to me! Should I look for another place to do this work or is this the going rate? (We had to put a new transmission in our Yukon on the last camping trip, this hobby is getting expensive!)

    Thanks for any insight or suggestions you all may have on this.
    Those would be nice upgrades but not all of them are necessary, if you're pulling that trailer with the Yukon you mentioned I would consider a stiffer and greater payload tow vehicle.

    Also consider a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) to make sure that your tires are at the correct pressure all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by therealmkc View Post
    Hey all... new to the forum! We bought a 2018 2800BH in late 2018 used (seller took one trip in it and decided it wasn’t for them). We’ve always had issues with sway when towing, even though we’ve had the setup reviewed by the dealer, etc. and we’ve also noticed uneven tire wear so something seems amiss. We just took it in for service and asked them to look at this and also the leafsprings on passenger side (they were flattened out for some reason).

    I just heard back from the dealer and they said 3 of the 4 spindles were bent and recommended the following:

    Replace both axles, morryde cre300(upgrade suspension to OEM), leaf springs,U-Bolts, and shackle kit is $4236.89 (parts,labor, freight included) tax extra.

    Couple questions:

    1) Do you think bent spindles could be source of my sway issues? Seems like the uneven tire wear for sure would be caused by this?
    2) This price seems high to me! Should I look for another place to do this work or is this the going rate? (We had to put a new transmission in our Yukon on the last camping trip, this hobby is getting expensive!)

    Thanks for any insight or suggestions you all may have on this.
    Poor loading (Inadequate tongue weight) causes sway

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    You can do it your self. Get the parts from e trailer


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    Cost to replace axles on 2800BH

    Others would know because I know nothing about it but wouldn’t a timbren axle less swap be cheaper?

    Or a torsion system

    They appear to be 800 a kit. Unsure what else would be needed or if they even work but eliminating axles would be nice


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    Given the suspension damage and behavior you describe, you are most likely camping overloaded.

    Are you handy or have handy friends? If so, this is totally DIY. Personally, I wouldn't be caught dead buying from etrailer because you can go to a brick and mortar trailer shop and order everything up for less money and not get hosed on shipping because of their regular deliveries from the manufacturers. Your axle label contains everything they need to get an identical replacement. You may need to take a hard look at your weights, gear, and packing to see if upgraded suspension should be considered.

    It's a lot of labor, and that's where much of the cost lies.
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    Whether you do the upgrade yourself or not, you mentioned uneven tire wear, you should replace your tires. I replaced all the leaf springs on my 399, did the CRE3000 and HD shackles myself. It's really not hard at all if you are handy and have the right tools. I did it when we lived in our 399 and did the work at a campground.

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    I agree with Geotex, totally DIY if you are a little bit mechanically handy.
    I replaced the axles and added a wet bolt kit (similar to CRE3000) on my previous trailer (went with Dexter EZ lube 6K axles). Total cost 1200 bucks. In 2012. Solo. Getting the axles moved under the trailer would be much easier if you have a buddy help you. I was crunched for time when I did it and didn't want to wait for others to get off work so I did it myself with a rolling floor jack. I'm thinking you could pull it off for 2K?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Maguire View Post
    if you're pulling that trailer with the Yukon you mentioned I would consider a stiffer and greater payload tow vehicle.
    I'm very interested in this comment actually... When we lost our transmission last year, we rented a Chevy 1500 Truck and it seemed to tow much better than the Yukon in terms of sway. I was trying to figure out if the difference was the stiffer suspension... I assumed so, but didn't understand the reasons behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therealmkc View Post
    I'm very interested in this comment actually... When we lost our transmission last year, we rented a Chevy 1500 Truck and it seemed to tow much better than the Yukon in terms of sway. I was trying to figure out if the difference was the stiffer suspension... I assumed so, but didn't understand the reasons behind it.
    You didn't mention the year of the Yukon, regardless, I'm assuming shorter wheel base and a softer rear end than an appropriate tow vehicle. Even the difference in towing for me was substantial moving from the F150 to the F250 in regards to control. You're pulling a lot of trailer for that truck. Yukon suspensions are made to keep passengers comfortable in regards to suspension but that trade off is felt when towing. My F250 for instance is stiff and less passenger friendly than the F150 but more capable and confident because of this stiffness. An older Yukon would be less capable than a newer one as well. Trucks meant for towing have heavier steering components, bigger brakes, etc.

    You may need a few components cleaned up under the trailer but that tow vehicle is likely being controlled by that trailer in many circumstances.
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    I am new to GD but I seem to recall some posts where they had issues with the 2800BH axles and made a manufacturing change. Even though you are out of warrantee I would check with GD and see if they will help cover this.

    If I had to replace axles I would see if I could switch to torsion axles instead of spring axles. My current TT has them and seems to be much smother then the prior TT based on content shifting.
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