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Old 09-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Angry Greasing the Hubs

Ok so I'm telling my self never wait agan. On the way back home (Chicago) with my 2011 5th wheel Flagstaff, I blew the center cap out on the left rear hubcap. After reviewing the procedures and before disassembling, additional inspection revealed the metal dust boot is gone and a rubber boot? Yes thiers black grease all over the chrome wheel and maybe enough in the hub. It looks like (hopefully) a bearing or two, and additional accessories. I'm beating myself because I leave for Phoenix next month (Full timer) and was planning on a complete shakedown maintenance. I had been told the greased hubs were good for 3-5 years. NOT SO!!! And it is so easy to grease these hubs too... :-(
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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A couple of photos would be good so we can see exactly what you are missing. Both the wheel with the missing parts and a wheel with all of the parts in place.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Unhappy This was a close one

Got lucky when this happend. Only a few miles from home when the center of the wheel blew. At first we thought we blew a tire. The inner bearing still had grease and no bearings scord the spindle. Local RV says new parts and pressing the races is about $100.00 Next time we will stop and give a good look.

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Old 09-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Had the same thing happen to me on my old TT. I had to replace the axle.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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You are very lucky that didn't cost you much more than 100 bux.

Those bearings are made in China and are very cheaply made. I had mine apart and cleaned and packed them the right way (By hand and not that stupid easy lube thing) the bearings are very poorly made I will say again and I am replacing them all in the spring with good old timkens or equalivent, cheap insurance.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:39 PM   #6
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It is concerning that the bearings on a 2011 would be failing.
dona, how many times did you take it south, and how many miles do you think might be on the camper? Did you ever grease the bearings, or was that just on the factory lube?
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #7
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You are very lucky that didn't cost you much more than 100 bux.

Those bearings are made in China and are very cheaply made. I had mine apart and cleaned and packed them the right way (By hand and not that stupid easy lube thing) the bearings are very poorly made I will say again and I am replacing them all in the spring with good old timkens or equalivent, cheap insurance.
With six plants in China you could still have bearings made in China and still be Timken.
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Yep, factory lube. We have been to Arizona once tow years ago. Were full timers traveling both Illinois and Iowa sides of the Mississippi river. I'm greasing the other three hubs tomorrow, by grease zert. But I will review the Timkens while down in Phoenix this winter.
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You are lucky it is only a $100 repair. My bearing let go while on a busy highway. Did not know and it got so hot that it burnt the brakes pads and cracked the the hubs. By the time I got the trailer out of the repair shop the total cast was almost $3000.
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Yep, factory lube. We have been to Arizona once tow years ago. Were full timers traveling both Illinois and Iowa sides of the Mississippi river. I'm greasing the other three hubs tomorrow, by grease zert. But I will review the Timkens while down in Phoenix this winter.
It is quite possible that the factory only put a minimum amount of grease in the hub. When we picked up our new fifth, I didn't leave the lot before pumping the hubs full. Those 'easy-lube' grease zerks are there for a reason. I have seen claims that one doesn't have to add more than a stroke or two per year, but I have never had a bearing failure on any of my many pieces of equipment from over-greasing.
Sorry for your experience.
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