Originally Posted by markb5900
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.