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Torsion Bars 7 years 6 months ago #467

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Torsion Bars are the spring steel bars ( 40mm x 40mm ) that go through the axel on "some" motorhomes from one side of the back wheel to the other. IF or When they snap the wheels can fall off. !

My 1996 Hymer Tagg Axel snapped the Torsion Bars on the very back axel, and to fix the job I was told it could cost in access of £2500stg to have the axel replaced plus labour.

I spoke to a mechanic that had done this job on his single axel Hymer AClass and he told me it was a BIG job & could be a costly job.

Now my 1996 Hymer AClass has only 63600 miles on the clock and it is in perfect condition inside & out with the execption of the axel breaking, so spending £2500stg would be worth it ..... HOWEVER I didnt have that kind of money hanging around and as I had our holiday ferry to France booked & payed for I was under time pressure to sort this problem out.

After asking around it seemed I had no other option but to fork out the money and wait 6 to 8 weeks for the axel to arrive from Alko in the UK..... It was 7 weeks to our holidays..

Then Caroline my best friend ( and our assistant web master ) went googling and came upon a forum speaking about this very same problem. BUT the guy in Dublin didnt replace the axel he replaced the Torsion Bars !!! at a fraction of the cost and in a 4 to 6 time frame....

I got in touch with the company in the UK and they told me to strip the axel and give them the size of the Torsion Bars ( they are 40x40x1434mm.)

5 weeks after ordering the bar they arrived by TNT and 12 hours later the camper was back on its axels :cheer: with alot of help from my friend Dick.

The cost of the Torsion Bars was £865stg no other parts were required and NO SPECIAL TOOL was required to fit the bars or complete assembly (as i was told would be needed)

Thanks to Caroline for finding the forum & to Dick for his help in getting the job done. Thanks also to Steve in Carrick for his help to & to Graham in Camp Europe for sourcing the parts.

Check out Camp Europe HERE

Looking forward to France in June

Happy Camping

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Torsion Bars 7 years 6 months ago #468

You're very welcome Aaron, I'm just glad you got it sorted in time to go to France! :) (Snow-globe) ;)

Car x

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