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Old 03-25-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Trailer bearing maintenance

We bought a Mini lite 2109 late last summer and now have approximately 8000 miles on it. Manual calls for repacking every 12,000 or one year. Can I get away with waiting until the end of the year for this?
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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We bought a Mini lite 2109 late last summer and now have approximately 8000 miles on it. Manual calls for repacking every 12,000 or one year. Can I get away with waiting until the end of the year for this?
You don't know if they have ever been serviced unless you did it yourself. I wouldn't gamble on it. Better check and be sure.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:12 PM   #3
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I read it as you bought it new, and I've never been too thrilled with the grease or packing on a new axle. Me, I'd do it.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:24 PM   #4
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I would service now. My experience is that unlike automobiles, RV bearings do not come from the factory with the best grease jobs. This is why on ezlube axles the first service takes almost a tube of grease per wheel.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:25 PM   #5
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If your warranty says service every 12K miles, I would follow with service. I waited two months past 12K miles and I found some problems that I believe came from the factory, Lippert would not honor and warranty service, not to surprised with their response after reading other RV owners problems with Lippert. I told the lady from lippert that I would handle the problem myself for her not to worry,,,,,,,....
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:39 PM   #6
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Can only speak for my Salem, there was barely enough grease in them from the factory to get it to the dealer.
Service them and just have the piece of mind that they are done.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:21 PM   #7
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Checked my bearings today. I have less than 2k miles and had one rear seal leaking and two of the nuts were too loose.


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Old 03-30-2015, 09:26 PM   #8
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I agree, it's probably best to do the maintenance than to deal with the possible consequences.

However, I don't understand why trailer bearings can't be more like car bearings. When was the last time you had to repack the wheel bearings on your car?

Anybody know why trailer bearings are different?
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:41 PM   #9
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They should not be as much trouble as we seem to hear about. Possibly because they are not assembled properly in the beginning or because of inferior parts. Excessive weight on the axel also plays a part. Properly installed quality bearing components should not require frequent maintenance on trailers provided the trailer does not sit unused for long periods which can result in corrosion due to moisture from condensation.
I think some relate RV's to boat trailers which are subjected to much harsher conditions and do require frequent maintenance.


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Old 03-30-2015, 11:06 PM   #10
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Also, the automotive industry manufactures to closer tolerances and uses higher quality materials in every part. Bearings are also larger. Manufacturing processes are, in quality lingo, much more "repeatable". Bottom line, the quality is just flat BETTER!
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