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Old 05-06-2018, 12:52 PM   #1
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Bearings packed-frequency

We have a 36CK2 Cedar Creek, 40 footer. How frequently is it advised to get out wheel bearings greased/packed? I had a tech at Camping World tell me 15,000-20,000 miles.

Can anyone tell me if this is a safe distance to go before repacking?

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Old 05-06-2018, 01:17 PM   #2
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Generally speaking repack should occur once a year regardless of milage.
But, dont you have ezlube bearings?
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:22 PM   #3
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You will get as many answers as you have responders

I have no idea how many miles we put on our RV , and don't really want to keep track of it! We use our rig frequently, so I do my bearings once a year. Period. While I am at it, I also check the entire suspension, the underneath, and adjust/inspect the brakes. My time and labor is cheap, and I don't have to worry about a failure on the road due to untimely maintenance.
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Thank you

Thanks ... I'm a little leery because we had a Jayco and they smoked and burned driving home one day after just 5,000 miles. We fulltime, and have been from Texas to Louisiana, to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. I'm still under 10,000 at this point. It may be a different kind of bearing than what Jayco had that burned on me.
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:40 PM   #5
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According to Dexter Service Manual, every 12 months or 12,000 miles
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I'd say it depends on your RV lifestyle. If you fulltime and travel a lot ... probably each year. For the rest of us who don't put a whole lot of miles on the RV ... every couple of years or so has worked for us since 1998. As for the infamous "EZ Lube" I as many others flat don't care for the invention. If you ask an RV tec what his top 5 repair jobs are ... replacing brakes due to grease caused by the EZ lube procedure will be amongst them. There have been countless argument for and against it on about any RV forum so I'll just leave this subject at that.
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Thanks ... I'm a little leery because we had a Jayco and they smoked and burned driving home one day after just 5,000 miles.
Many on here have reported that their bearings either burned up quickly or when they checked new trailer the bearings were dry... perhaps that was your Jayco problem...

I have never packed mine in roughly 12,000 miles in 4 years, but I do pump a little into the EZ-Lube fitting each year (according to the video from Dexter on how to do it correctly) and I have pulled the drums and checked that the axles were adequately greased just now starting my 5th year... I may have been lucky that my new bearings weren't dry, but then again I did put a few pumps of grease in before my first trailer trip.
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I was brave and used the EZ-Lube fittings the first year we bought our camper, slowly pumping grease while rotating the wheels on a warm summer day, I would estimate in the 4 years of use we put 10-12k miles on it, maybe even more, 5,200 on one trip. I repacked them by hand earlier this year and had very slight grease seepage on one wheel and all the bearings looked great.
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I am curious... I can see repacking the bearings on a newer trailer because you don't know if they came packed correctly, but after that, why so often? 100,000 miles on a TV isn't much these days and they usually never have their bearings repacked.

Just asking...
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I am curious... I can see repacking the bearings on a newer trailer because you don't know if they came packed correctly, but after that, why so often? 100,000 miles on a TV isn't much these days and they usually never have their bearings repacked.

Just asking...
Completely different bearing setup. Auto bearings are sealed, trailers are not.
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