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Noise in Rear End Karen 1-15-04  
Have a 77 Dodge Minnie Winnie RV.
It has a roaring noise when coming to a stop or slowing down. Do you know what this could be. Don't want to take it to a shop and they take me for a ride. Took it to the tire place thinking a bad tire, but it wasn't.
Re: Noise in Rear End Mark O. 1-16-04  
It could one of several things wrong.

It could be rear brakes that are worn out and having metal to metal grinding.

You could also have a wheel bearing that has gone out.

The least likely is a bearing has gone out in the rear end itself.

If your RV is like most RV's, it has most likely sat around a lot more than it has been going down the road.

If that is the case, it could be the grease in your bearings has dried out. You may be able to pull the wheels and repack the bearings without having to replace the bearings. This would apply to both front and rear wheel bearings.

Another problem with low mileage old age RV's while they have been sitting so much the oil has eventually drained off of the gears in the rear end. This can allow rust to develop which can trash the gears if it has developed too much. This can be checked by changing the rear end oil and looking to see if there are chunks in the old oil.

I would not drive your RV any more than absolutely necessary until you determine what the problem is.

Good luck and happy trails.

Mark O.
Re: Noise in Rear End Ronnie 3-8-04  
Is the noise coming from the engine compartment? If so, it could be your fan thermostat. My 30' Gulfstream makes a roaring noise just like you described and it is the fan clutch.
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