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Old 03-31-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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We picked up our camper in late September and went on one short trip about an hour away then winterized, my question is do I have to do anything with the wheel bearings for this season? I'm thinking it's no different than sitting in the RV lot over the winter. I would appreciate any advise
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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In my opinion, it would be very wise to service the bearings before this season. That said, I ran almost two years with my fiver and only pumped a few squirts in each hub. Hope to start out better with my new one in a couple weeks.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:57 PM   #3
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We picked up our camper in late September and went on one short trip about an hour away then winterized, my question is do I have to do anything with the wheel bearings for this season? I'm thinking it's no different than sitting in the RV lot over the winter. I would appreciate any advise
You usually do not get bearings that are heavily greased. They are usually greased to get the unit to the dealer and new owner. You will find that when you lube for the first time that they will take a larger than normal amount of grease. If I were you, I would lube. It is a relatively simple and quick process.
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Had you waited to take delivery until in the spring, I'm with you that the dealer wouldn't service the bearings simply because it sat on the lot all winter before selling it to you. One short trip doesn't change the dynamics much, so I'd say you should be fine for the season...but if you have the EZ-Lube axles it's pretty easily done.

However, it's apparently not that unusual for the bearings to be improperly serviced when the axle is assembled...so if you want to be sure...you have to do what it takes.

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Old 03-31-2015, 10:13 PM   #5
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If I were you, I'd jack up each wheel and see if you can move it top to bottom. IF you have over 1/16" movement, you need to remove the cotter pin, torque the nut to 50 lb/ft, loosen to finger tight and install a new cotter pin and then, while rotating the wheel pump Lucas #2 Red "N" Tacky grease into it until you see grease coming out around the outer bearing.
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A good healthy looking greased bearing and a sick looking remove clean and inspect bearing. Please don't chance it..... It can get bad. I have had a tire/hub come off, yea bearing burnt out, axel replacement type of problem...
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #7
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I just did mine yesterday and my grease looked just like the above pictures. I also used the Lucas Tacky. Had to adjust the brakes as one side was dragging. Then I took it to the dealer for a slide adjustment. They called today and asked if I minded if they took it to the factory. Second time for them to try and adjust it so I appreciate the fact they would rather have the factory look at it. I've even offered to deliver it for them as it isn't that rather from Kalamazoo. Assured it wouldn't be months. Hopeful.
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Any special grease that should be used or can a good automotive wheel bearing grease work?
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Any special grease that should be used or can a good automotive wheel bearing grease work?
If you are hand packing, I don't see why not, BUT if you are using the EZ lube, I think you need to use the Lucas Red "N" Tacky and hand pump it VERY slowly.
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The axle manual that came with our trailer has the "approved" grease that ALko recommends. I went with the Tacky as it met the same specs. as the suggested.
Amazing how thin the original grease seemed to be.
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