Outfit: Bailey beachcomber club 320 2 Location: north east uk Joined: 08/5/2004
Posts: 290 Site Reviews:1 Gallery Images:3
Has anybody had to replace their kaput damper fitted to the al-ko stabilizer towing hitch??
I'm pretty sure mine has had it.
If anyone has tackaled this job, could you advise if there were any tricky bits/problems etc.
Did you replace the stabilizer pads inside the hitch at the same time??
advice and comments, and prices would be appreciated.
I have noticed the dampers on e-bay and they seem quite pricey for the size of them...
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Outfit: Bailey Orion 430-4 & Audi A6 Avant Location: Bolton Lancs Joined: 25/12/2012
Posts: 714 Site Reviews:1 Gallery Images:0
Its a 20 minute job.
The only tricky(ish) part is you will need to cut a length of round bar the same diameter as the attachment bolts and the same length as the draw tube. I used a piece of wooden dowelling I had lying around.
1) Undo the 2 bolts securing the hitch and remove.
2) Undo and remove the bolt at the back of the draw tube, you can usually reach it from underneath the A frame
3) Pull the old damper out and feed the new one in
4) Replace the back bolt and tighten
5) Push the end of the damper until the holes lines up and push in your "dowel"
6) Replace the hitch and push the front bolt in, then push the rear bolt in, it will push your dowel out
7) Tighten all bolts
8) Make a brew, sit down and admire your work
Outfit: Swift Escape Motorhome Location: Plymouth Devon Joined: 05/8/2012
Posts: 257 Site Reviews:0 Gallery Images:2
To get the right damper you need the ETI number form the hitch head, remove the frame cover and stamped on the top of the A frame you should find a number such as ETI 811011 that is the identifier for the damper
Outfit: Coachman Laser 540 Twin Axle Location: West Yorkshire Joined: 28/7/2014
Posts: 2 Site Reviews:4 Gallery Images:0
20 min job? Erm.. not it the nuts are seized ;-) Make sure you have some WD40 to hand. You'll also need a Torx 55 socket for the 2 front bolts, and 19mm socket and spanner for the rear bolt. Make sure you don't loose any of the shims, tubes and washers. Time taken about 2 hours