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Old 01-15-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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bearing packing

I have a 2012 Salem Cruise Lite with the zerk fittings to grease the bearings.
This is our first trailer and our first winter storage.
Planning a 2K mile trip in April this year.
Is it worth 200 to actually have the bearings repacked or is just using a grease gun and pumping grease in them enough?

Thanks in advance for the help
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Do you know what type of grease or how much they are packed in now?

I plan on repacking mine as soon as the weather allows because I do not know what or how much is in there.

Cheap peace of mind.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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They were packed last May when we bought the trailer.
have about 500 miles on it since we purchased it.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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why would you pay someone to grease/pack your bearings? it is not that hard to do. 500 miles is not really any miles on the bearings. You have the zerks on there, just gently pump one or two handles in it and sleep well. Use grease that is made for what you are doing. My last camper I had for more than 16 years (averaged about 5-7,000 miles per year )and only pulled the bearings out twice in that time and hand packed them. Never had a problem with bearings.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:34 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:56 PM   #6
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If I lived in Missouri i would swing by and do it for a case of beer...Very easy and im sure you could get a auto shop to do it for much less.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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I have a 2012 Salem Cruise Lite with the zerk fittings to grease the bearings.
This is our first trailer and our first winter storage.
Planning a 2K mile trip in April this year.
Is it worth 200 to actually have the bearings repacked or is just using a grease gun and pumping grease in them enough?

Thanks in advance for the help
You might try going to youtube.com and do a search for "ez lube hubs". You will find it worth $200 to do it yourself. Just find the correct type of grease from the axle manufactures booklet. I have an Aluma utility trailer that also has ez lube hubs and grease them once a year whether they need it or not. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:10 PM   #8
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Very Eazy to do. Before we left on 3,000 mile trip with new trailer, we greased it up in 45 minutes

Steps we took

Mystik red JT-6 grease ( I think that is what we bought) as recommeded Dexter axle manual
Jack up TT wheel on frame one wheel at a time
Gently pumped grease into zerk while rotating wheel till grease was visible
On to next wheel.

Great peace of mind and 2,200 mile into our 3,000 trip we seemed to have lower temps at bearing hubs. Used 3 tubes of grease with 4 wheels ...don'tm know if this is typical
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:22 PM   #9
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At one time RVGUY posted some very detailed instructions on wheel bearing maintenance, don't know where to find it at this time, but wish I had it to view one more time, preparing to do this the first warm weekend:
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:31 PM   #10
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EZ-Lubes are awesome! very easy to do, just make sure you are using the grease that axle/frame MFG recommends. S.L.O.W.L.Y. pump the grease in, especially if it is cold out. When our last trailer was brand new I used over half of a tube in the 4 axles when I got it home, factory (either Lippert or Rockwood) did not fill them as EZ-Lube recommended, if I had not checked them I feel they would have been destroyed rather quickly, also, two of them had the zerk fittings loose and one was off laying inside rubber cap.
GoodLuck!

Info library from Dexter on the EZ-Lubes

http://www.dexteraxle.com/resource_library_
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