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Old 08-06-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearings?

We purchased a 2011 Rockwood Roo 233S in Mid July. Our first trip was to Moab UT and the Grand Canyon. Fantastic Trip!!! Our Dealer asked us to check the bearings and grease them at 1500 and 3000 miles. When we arrived at Utah and set up I pulled the rubber cover on the right front bearing to find that the space was fullof grease and the grease fitting was laying in the rubber cover. I screwed the fitting back in and greased it. I then pulled the right rear to find the fitting still in but loose and grease was leaking around the fitting. I tightened it and greased it. The left front fitting was loose but no grease was leaking. I tightened and greased. The left rear was tight and clean. I checked them periodically on the return trip to Indiana but did not have any further issues and I did not notice any excessive heat at the bearings. Could the bearings be damaged? Any recommendations?
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:32 PM   #2
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Doubtful you have any bearing damage. As long as you found grease, and you said you checked them periodically on they way home. Glad you repaired a potential problem before damage was done.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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Has anyone experience the grease fittings loosening? I never had any issues when I checked the grease on my Jayco the past 5 years.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:21 AM   #4
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Got a Raptor and had the same problem. 2 out of six fittings were laying in the grease inside the cap, 2 others were loose. Found one that was blocked up, too.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:34 AM   #5
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My 2010 Flagstaff 8526RLS started showing grease on the aluminum wheel. Pulled the bearing buddy cap and found fitting was in the cap. Checked the others and one more fitting was laying in the cap and the two remaining fittings were loose. That is very disturbing that none of the fittings were tight enough to stay in place. Anyway, took the opportunity to re-grease all of them and now I watch it closely.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:42 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the info. I will continue to watch them.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:43 AM   #7
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My 2010 Flagstaff 8526RLS started showing grease on the aluminum wheel. Pulled the bearing buddy cap and found fitting was in the cap. Checked the others and one more fitting was laying in the cap and the two remaining fittings were loose. That is very disturbing that none of the fittings were tight enough to stay in place. Anyway, took the opportunity to re-grease all of them and now I watch it closely.

TIMES TWO!

Same guy must have done mine.

Hardly any grease at all. Two fittings in cap.

The only lube apparently was from the initial packing in the bearing. The spindle reservoir was dry.

Put 1/2 tube of high temp wheel bearing grease in all 4 hubs. No leakage anywhere.

What worries me is I drove to FLA and back this year on those bearings.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:24 AM   #8
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I have a new rig and I now will definitely check all my zerk fittings in mine. I'm going to shake the tires also to see if the wheel are loose on the hubs.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:30 PM   #9
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Well I just finished checking mine & found 1 of the fittings had fallen out. The other 3 were OK. I added grease until it showed (as per Al-Ko instructions). Maybe a sticky could be posted for purchasers of new RVs should make sure the dealer greases the fittings as part of the walk thru?

There was grease inside the axle end. The grease caps looked very weather checked. Will try to pick up some new ones on Monday.

Also, one of the cotter pin ends was rubbing on the inside of the grease cap. You could see rubber dust on the cotter pin & a groove on the inside of the grease cap.
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Just checked ours this afternoon and all are OK.
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