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Old 01-15-2014, 10:34 PM   #11
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How does one know who the axel manufacturer is. The information on the included paperwork is no help. At least the Coachmen information is not. Is it stamped somewhere?

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:41 PM   #12
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If you still have original paperwork it will list who made all of your equipment, frame, axles etc etc. Original Owners packet/paperwork will also have paperwork from frame builder talking about warranty an such. You should also be able to call Coachmen and find out with a VIN Check, they may even be able to send you a copy of the build sheet.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:59 PM   #13
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Thanks RhoZeta,

I'll check my paperwork again. I probably didn't pay attention. There was a ton of it.

Appreciate the quick response.

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:54 PM   #14
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Hand packing the bearings does three things. 1. You know they are packed correctly, 2. it gives you a chance to inspect brakes and drums, 3. you can adjust the brakes properly.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:10 PM   #15
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I used the EZ-lube zerk for 5 years and 25,000 miles. Didn't worry about what grease was in there from the factory. Just bought NAPA's best wheel bearing grease and pumped until new grease came out. Finally had the bearings checked and packed at 25,000 miles. Zero trouble. Don't over-think it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:32 PM   #16
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When you don't know how to do something, you pay someone to do it for you or you learn.
"learning" on my trailer is not what I consider to be a good thing to do. The consequences of me doing it wrong are too high.
Yes - if you have the tools, the space, and the experience of doing it frequently, re-packing the bearings is fairly easy. Teaching yourself on the job can indeed be very costly. If they are saying $200 to re-pack them, may be well worth it to avoid the hastle and the worry.

At 500 miles, all you probably need is to add a little grease through the fitting - not a re-pack. That is a DIY job - just make sure you have the recommended grease and don't over-grease. After your 2,000 mile trip it might be time to re-pack - depends on what the mfg recommends.

One other thought - don't know about where you are, but our dealer's service manager told me that if we brought the trailer to them for its annual state inspection, they pull one wheel to look at the brakes. He said I was welcome to stand there while they do it, as they also look at the bearings and make a recommendation on whether they think its time to re-pack the bearings. That gives me a chance to get their opinion and it saves me the hastle of pulling the wheel - which is more work than re-packing the bearings.
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I am trying to find the right paper in the paper work to figure out what grease to buy.
Appreciate all the responses.
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I am trying to find the right paper in the paper work to figure out what grease to buy.
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There should be a sticker or a plate on the axles somewhere stating the manufacturer, along with the capacity and serial number of the axle.
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Just make sure you use a good high temp. bearing grease.
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I am trying to find the right paper in the paper work to figure out what grease to buy.
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On this forum at the top of the page in the first green bar are links, third from the left is one called Library. Clicking on it will take you to an area full of useful information on axles and running gear!
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