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Old 04-01-2015, 08:38 PM   #11
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Something else that struck me is that RV bearings are like the tires... they are so close to the top of their operating limits that not servicing = being on the side of the road with a smoking bearing = not fun = busted vacation. I service mine every 2 years, meaning I replace everything. In between I do squirt a little fresh grease in with the zerk fittings. The old grease can tell you a lot. If it comes out with metal... you can bet it's bad bearings. If it doesn't come out the front... STOP... and pull the hub. You'll probably find a bad seal that's either about to, or has already greased your brakes.

Good maintenance = good trips...

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:24 PM   #12
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I pump grease in before every trip which average 5-6 hundred miles. They usually only take 2-3 pumps to push grease out.

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:39 PM   #13
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No one should trust with your life the axle bearings coming out of the factory of Lippert and sold to Forest River. Service them after your first trip, if not before. They are lightly greased by Lippert when they are sent to Forest River and no grease is put in the spindles if you have zerks. The spindle nuts are put on very loose and allows the bearings and hubs to move back and forth and create a lot of heat. No one should take another trip in your unit until you fully removed and inspected and re greased or better yet replaced your bearings. I can not stress this enough. If you have not had issues and have never pulled your bearing, you are running on borrowed time.

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