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Old 08-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearings repack

I have a 2011 Rockwood 2501S with Ultra-Lube Axles and Bearings .The owner manual and deal say to repack the bearings every 6 mount or 4000 miles.Why do you have to repack trailer wheel bearings so much??? Me car gos thru mud,snow,water and Michs pot hole filled roads and only repack my bears about 30000 to 40000 miles.
Are car wheel bears that much better???

P.S. My deal will repack my bearings for $260.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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It is a generic recommendation to cover their butts for warranty.
No one is going to repack that often, and they know it, so they have an out if a problem arises.
And if you have the ultra-lube axles, I wouldn't bother to take them apart for a cleaning and repack before 10,000 miles, although I would check the bearing slack every year.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 Rockwood 2501S with Ultra-Lube Axles and Bearings .The owner manual and deal say to repack the bearings every 6 mount or 4000 miles.Why do you have to repack trailer wheel bearings so much??? Me car gos thru mud,snow,water and Michs pot hole filled roads and only repack my bears about 30000 to 40000 miles.
Are car wheel bears that much better???

P.S. My deal will repack my bearings for $260.
your car doesnt weight 6 7 or 13 thousand pounds. and gets driven everyday .
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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What is bearing slack ??

And how do You check it ??
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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... My dealer will repack my bearings for $260.

Shoot, I'd just about drive to MI for that job. Takes a big jack & a grease gun and about 45 minutes counting a smoke break. Oh, forgot, need a phillips screwdriver too!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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never heard of bearing "slack"
wheel bearing "play" is the bearing not tight enough .
when jacked up take the wheel and try to rock it back and forth from side to side .
although it should move just a itsy bit noticeable rocking is not good
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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never heard of bearing "slack"
wheel bearing "play" is the bearing not tight enough .
when jacked up take the wheel and try to rock it back and forth from side to side .
although it should move just a itsy bit noticeable rocking is not good

Slack, play, makes no difference to me what you want to call it.
But your description of checking it is reasonable.
If it is too slack, there is a crown nut on the axle stub that is held in place by a cotter pin. Remove the pin, and turn the nut in until the slack is removed, then reinstall the cotter pin.
There should be just the slightest bit off movement as you rock the hub back and forth.
It is a fairly easy job, and I have done it hundreds of times, but it still may spook the novice, as it is important to do it right.
Considering how seldom it needs to be done, you might want to pay the price.
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Considering how seldom it needs to be done, you might want to pay the price.
$260.00? NO WAY!! Don't know any mech that wouldn't make a 'housecall' for half that!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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My local rv repair man charges 100.00 + parts for wheel bearing repack.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #10
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Well, I do. There are lots of qualified people out there that are short of work.
Besides, I believe the price quote was from the OP's dealer.
Understand it was a dealer quote for a gigantic rip off! What mech. wouldn't do it for $130.00 and come to the house?
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