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Old 04-20-2015, 08:28 PM   #21
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Why is it a Nono to jack the axle to raise the tire? I have watched my dealer jack all four wheels using a floor jack, same at RV dealer in Meridian Ms last Oct. I have seen road service change a tire and use the axle to jack it up. Just doesn't seem logical to me. Some body explain?
I'm curious about that myself. My 3.5 ton floor jack has a sticker on it that says "not for raising travel trailers".
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:32 PM   #22
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You can use the axle as a jack point but it has to be under the spring, NOT in the center. It is actually easier to just jack one wheel at a time under the spring, with an equalizer the load is still distributed EQUALLY between the jack and the tire on the ground. If you pull one tire onto blocks to get the other tire off of the ground you apply all the load on one tire, you will be stressing the one tire, one spring. It is easier on the equipment to share the load.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:45 PM   #23
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Probably. Just remove one of the rubber caps and check to see if you
have either a grease zerk (little nipple thingie that a grease gun fits on) or
a threaded hole for a grease zerk. My last 2 trailers had the threaded hole
but no fitting. I had to supply my own. They were the tiny 1/16-27 threads.
I just took one fitting and moved it wheel to wheel as I turned and greased
them.
Pump slowly- pump turn-pump turn. When you see any movement of grease
around the outside of the end you are looking at you are done.
IMO once hubs are filled you never need to add grease again at least until
you do a tear down and inspect/replace of bearings and seals.
Good Luck!
Why would you not buy 3 grease fittings? They are not expensive.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:47 PM   #24
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You can use the axle as a jack point but it has to be under the spring, NOT in the center. It is actually easier to just jack one wheel at a time under the spring, with an equalizer the load is still distributed EQUALLY between the jack and the tire on the ground. If you pull one tire onto blocks to get the other tire off of the ground you apply all the load on one tire, you will be stressing the one tire, one spring. It is easier on the equipment to share the load.
A large amount of campers have torsion axles and you cannot jack on the axles and the torsion axles have no place to jack on except between the axles on the frame itself.
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This is enlightening. As a first timer and don't even have it home yet, i would have thought that these days all wheels would be fully enclosed and no grease would need to be added.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:12 PM   #26
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Does the ez lube make manually packing the bearings unnecessary?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:22 PM   #27
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Does the ez lube make manually packing the bearings unnecessary?
In a manner yes, BUT, you should remove the hub periodically just to inspect the seals, cups (bearings), cones (races) and re-torque the spindle nut to set the bearing clearances. When you do the above, you should hand pack the bearings.

After that and you fill the hub cavity, you should be good for at least a couple of years by just giving them a shot of grease ever 3-5k miles. IMO
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:14 PM   #28
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For the curious, I found this....

Dexter list of approved grease

My trailer doesn't have many miles on it, so maybe I'll try adding some grease.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:57 AM   #29
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This is enlightening. As a first timer and don't even have it home yet, i would have thought that these days all wheels would be fully enclosed and no grease would need to be added.
You not only need to grease your spindle bearings, also,after about 500 miles, jack each tire off the ground and see if the spindle nut needs to be tightened. It WILL be loose and cause your bearings to heat up.
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Why is it a Nono to jack the axle to raise the tire? I have watched my dealer jack all four wheels using a floor jack, same at RV dealer in Meridian Ms last Oct. I have seen road service change a tire and use the axle to jack it up. Just doesn't seem logical to me. Some body explain?
The 'axle' is a slightly bowed pipe. If you put a jack in the center of the axle/pipe.... you are lifting the majority of the weight of the whole camper and will bow the axle/pipe even more and spring your tires in a angle even more. Causing tire wear or tracking off on one tire or both on that axle/pipe. If the Dealer jacked up each tire, it may have been very close to each leaf spring by the certain tire to where the axle/pipe is less likely to bend and only the weight of that tire (verses the majority of the camper from lifting 2-4 tires at once) and the camper above that one tire. Do not jack up your unit by the middle of the pipe.....
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