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Old 09-26-2015, 05:29 PM   #1
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Axle bearings not available??

I've taken my 2010 Wildcat in for bodywork after blowing 2 tires and replacing a third on this summers vacation trip. I get a call from the service provider that I need to replace both axles because there are no bearing replacements according to the axle manufacturer. I contact Forest River service and they tell me that they don't make the axles that one can only follow what the manufacturer says. I removed the hub and noted that there is no damage to the axle it just needs new bearing( even tho they are all never-lub/perma-seal). I just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:04 PM   #2
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I would get one of the bearings and drive over to NAPA and see if they could get a replacement.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:08 PM   #3
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Are these cartridge bearings or conventional tapered roller bearings? One of my horse trailers has dexter axels and it has what they call a cartridge bearing,which is like what you have on newer cars or trucks. The bearings and seal are all in one replaceable houseing that is pressed into the hub.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:05 PM   #4
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I think Lippert was making those axles but because of all the failures they quit making them. They were a sealed roller type bearing like you would find in electrical motors for a while Lippert was sending replacement easy lube axles like I have on my Wildcat with the grease zerk on the end of the axles. You might contact Lippert and see if they will still take care of it for you.
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I have a local trailer place here in town and they can service all types of axle bearings. I would search a similar place in your area. Later RJD
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:57 PM   #6
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Get rid of those bearings. I had same. Had to replace both axels. Lippert reimbursed me. I put Dexter axels, with bearings that I can grease. No problems since. Find a good axel shop.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:26 PM   #7
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Ford Idaho X2. Spent 40 years in the parts industry . No axle manufacturer makes thier own bearings. Take a complete set inner bearings, outer bearings and seal (what's left of it after you take it out 😊 ) and either take them to NAPA or Oreillys and if they can't help , get on line on one of the many cross reference sites and you should be able to find. It sounds REALLY strange .......maybe a dealer trying to up-sell. After all my years in the parts business, I'm shocked at how nieve most RV parts departments are😞 ! My dealer told me they have no idea of the bearing numbers on my 2011 Wildcat, so when I pulled them to check last spring, I documented everything so if I'm stuck somewhere I have it all, including trailer axle models, serial numbers weights etc. Its very simple to do when you are sitting at home on a nice dry lad rather than on the side of the road somewhere! At least in our area, another great option for trailer axle and wheel end components is Traction Heavy Duty stores.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:30 PM   #8
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I've taken my 2010 Wildcat in for bodywork after blowing 2 tires and replacing a third on this summers vacation trip. I get a call from the service provider that I need to replace both axles because there are no bearing replacements according to the axle manufacturer. I contact Forest River service and they tell me that they don't make the axles that one can only follow what the manufacturer says. I removed the hub and noted that there is no damage to the axle it just needs new bearing( even tho they are all never-lub/perma-seal). I just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
Not sure what axles you have but if you have AL-KO there is a company that still sells Al-KO and the bearings, I just got a set from them when I was told Dexter bought them out and al-ko is no longer. They are still in business. If your unit came with out Al-KO then I can't help except to pull your bearings and seals and have napa match them up..... Also I know there is company that still has american made Timex bearing if you know the size that will fit.. OC just redid his with American made bearings bought through e-bay.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:36 PM   #9
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Went thru this for someone I know, depending on the axle installed bearings might not be available. Look for the tag on the axle and you can find out who manufactures the axle. Next do a bunch of searches on the axle, there is a ton of info on the problem. Bottom line you probably will need new axles as unbelievable as it sounds. Now the important thing.... Make a lot of noise you can get new axles free but you will have to install them yourself or pay to have them installed. The axles come with brakes and hubs
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I've taken my 2010 Wildcat in for bodywork after blowing 2 tires and replacing a third on this summers vacation trip. I get a call from the service provider that I need to replace both axles because there are no bearing replacements according to the axle manufacturer. I contact Forest River service and they tell me that they don't make the axles that one can only follow what the manufacturer says. I removed the hub and noted that there is no damage to the axle it just needs new bearing( even tho they are all never-lub/perma-seal). I just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
I am thinking that there is nearly nothing in the world today that you cannot find on the internet.

If you gave us some information, loads of members on here are likely to help you. What is the model number of your trailer and throw in the Gross weight placated somewhere on there
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