Update: all fixed up.
Youngs didn’t have any heads out together, so they had to put one together for me. Longest part was waiting for the paint to dry.
this is what it looked like under the head. While it was off I sprayed it down with greased lightning and used a can of rustoleum black to clean it up I also lubed the mounting holes for the head rocker box that are not serviceable. Looked pretty good all painted up and I hope it keeps the rust at bay.
We got the head on and they built it at same height as the old head. As someone mentioned, it rubbed on a couple of areas as it is so much bigger than the Binkley unit. We had to grimd out about 1/2” out of the rear plate of the trailersaver. It is already ground out, just opened it up 1/2” more on each side to allow for full side to side head articulation. Here’s a pic showing where it was hitting on the head (white marks on head .
and here is a pic of where we opened it up on each side
the other problem was the forward to back movement the super Brinkley ET head was way longer and deep, you can see difference here. White mark is where is was first hitting
This is is where they tapered the ends to allow the downward clearance on the back bar shaped it more like the small head was.
now have full articulation side to side and front to back with no interference.
Side by side comparison. The ET head has so much more meat. It weighs over twice as much and is just solid.
i didn’t realize how much the trailer was moving around with the old head. With the ET head on there, everything feels solid. The old head also literally fell apart on the bench when we dropped it on the bench. Both pins popped out and lots of parts fell out. Truly blessed I saw that pin walking out at a pit stop and I put it back in with a retainer bolt. Could have been a disaster.
The only thing I don’t like about the ET Super Binkley Head is the super short handle. I’m 6’5” with long arms and it is hard for me to reach that short handle and pull the release pin at the same time.
Also, I need to know what grinding discs they are using. They ground that head plate, which I believe is 3/8” down in about 30 sec it was crazy how fast they took it down to the right angle
Big shoutout to Young’s for working me in and getting me all fixed up. They mentioned they had sold 16 ETs since Jan already. I think Jack and team at RVHL installed all of them. There was also a new comfort ride on a pallet there that they were going to modify to fit a truck for RVHL.
Spent a few min at RVHL with Jack and Jonah, good dudes and the new Volvo’s are beautiful and the beds are even beautifuler.
Also, big thanks again to West Side tire in Chanute as well.
AND, the city has an RV park about 1/2 mile down the road from Youngs and Kansas RV Center. FREE for two days and $10 a day after that. 50a and water. The sites by the bathrooms are all concrete and longer than the ones on the corner/intersection.
And the “Grain Bin” restaurant downtown is awesome. Breakfast all day. The smothered hash browns were delish. This beauty was parked next to my truck when we came out. Big parking lot across the street.