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Old 02-08-2015, 12:18 PM   #1
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Bearings, brakes, and what else have I been neglecting?

So... it is painful admission time. I've owned the camper since July 2012 and is has been towed for somewhere between 10- and 15,000 miles. Maybe a little more, I'd have to check my notes.

The only thing that I've done was replaced the tires after about 4,000 miles.

Other than head shakes and finger wagging, can y'all tell me what I need to have done? I'm going to have to find a trailer shop in the area to do the work. I assume that for most of this, I'm better off not going to a RV dealer or service center and instead go directly to someone who does trailer work. Right?
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:39 PM   #2
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Their is going to be some mixed opinions here but here is mine. I worked in shops for about 7 years before I changed careers. One we did a lot bearing re packs. That said I have had my toy hauler about the same amount time you've had your camper. I have had to take my drums off due to wiring inside needing repaired which thank goodness for the P3 or I would have never known. So I was able to give my brakes, bearings, and grease a good look. All looked fine grease was same color as new and bearings looked great. With the experience I have had doing bearings and countless repacks between vehicles and trailers. As long you don't have a blown out seal and from a visual inspection of the grease looking ok I've never seen any reason behind packing once a year like some may tell you. Granted the bearings used in our campers aren't of the quality of the older cars and trucks that used have bearings in the front that were repackable. Heat is the killer of bearings no matter how great they are. I have checked my bearings every time I stop for gas by sticking my fingers between wheel and drum and are always just barley warm. Which tells me my grease is good and bearings are adjust properly. The biggest thing I would check which is easy and can be done at home if you want is check you bearings for play. Jack up each wheel and grab top and bottom of tire and move back and forth. I did have to adjust me bearings after the first year but that's been it. I also have the ez lube axles which I'm sure you do also. I've put a few pumps in twice since owning the camper. Here is something that may make you feel better. My father in law has a 05 camper and has never had the bearings repacked just puts some grease in the end of the spindles once a year just a couple pumps. So the choice is yours on how much work or spend to have the work done.
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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We are in same situation, I kinda freaked out after realizing we had 10,000 miles and had done nothing, especially after reading opinions on the forum. Talked to my brother mechanic and he said he would be glad to do it but wasn't sure it was necessary. We always feel the tires and hubs at gas stops always cool. We want to hit the road but now I am kinda nervous, hubby is not


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Old 02-08-2015, 01:14 PM   #4
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We are in same situation, I kinda freaked out after realizing we had 10,000 miles and had done nothing, especially after reading opinions on the forum. Talked to my brother mechanic and he said he would be glad to do it but wasn't sure it was necessary. We always feel the tires and hubs at gas stops always cool. We want to hit the road but now I am kinda nervous, hubby is not


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Don't get nervous, you will be fine, if you have the easy lube system just have your DH put a pump of 400 degree lube in, get the high temp lube from Napa or any other auto store. Do not over grease them. 1 pump twice a year is plenty...
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:17 PM   #5
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You should adjust your brakes if they're not self adjusting.
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:28 PM   #6
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Doug, You can bring it to either, whichever is more convenient. If you know a landscaper or contractor that gets his equipment repaired get the name. Referrals are usually the best.
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:39 PM   #7
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Chances are everything is fine. Here's what I'd do.

I'd take it to a trailer shop instead of an RV dealer, unless you just want to be without your camper for six months.

Ask them to clean, inspect and repack the bearings with high temp synthetic grease, replace the grease seals, clean and adjust the brakes.

Also ask them to rotate the tires. It's important for the trailer just like your truck.
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:18 PM   #8
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I think the "re-pack bearings every year" vs every few years is similar to the "change your oil every 3000 miles" vs every 5000 or 7500 miles.

To each his own.
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Its also due for an anode rod inspection. Additional, roof cleaning and inspection.
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Its also due for an anode rod inspection. Additional, roof cleaning and inspection.

Those I do. It's just the axles/wheels/tires area that are completely foreign to me.
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