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Old 08-15-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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EZ-lube spindle retrofit on older axles

My dad is purchasing a 2000 MY camper that is in very good condition for it's age. It's not a Forest River, but I get better responses here than other sites, and I don't think brand will matter. It's a Jayco Eagle 166FBS (front bed slide). Dry weight is 6100. GVWR is 8500. I'm betting he'll be towing at around 7100 lbs or so, with a 9000 lb rated (HD tow package) '07 Expedition EL. I don't know the axle ratings. The wheels are 6x5.5 bolt circle.

The camper has been sitting for 10-11 years in the owner's daughter's backyard (about 2.5 hours from my parents' place, and used like an in-laws quarters when they come to visit the kids/grandkids. All the appliances work well, but not having been moved that long, the running gear is a concern.

Dad has new wheel/tires and a Prodigy P3 on order from etrailer. He is planning on pulling the hubs and repacking the bearings before he pulls it home.

1. Sitting for 10 years. I would think the bearings aren't any worse off than when the trailer was initially parked? Should he just put the new tires on, drive it home, and check the bearings in his pullbarn with more comfort?

2. Wherever he does the bearing work, is it possible to replace the spindles with EZ-Lube type while he is in there? I'm not sure if spindles are bolted in place, welded, or other.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:23 PM   #2
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I would most definitely repack the bearings / hubs Before moving the trailer. You never know what's gone on in 10 years. I personally am
paranoid about pulling the bearings on new trailers & greasing them.
It hasn't happened to me personally but I've seen too many trailers
broken down on the side of the road for lack of a good greasing.
It's one of those "dirty jobs" that no body wants to do.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:27 PM   #3
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X2 pull inspect and grease the seal could have dry rotted and water or anything gotten in.

Bearings could be rusted or just need greased 2 ounces of prevention is worth 5 pounds of cure
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:22 PM   #4
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As for changing the standard spindles out for EZ-Lube spindles, it's more of a job than you might think. The spindles are welded to the axle tubes. It would be much easier to change out the entire axle assemblies. I think I'd inspect and repack the existing bearings and be sure to inspect the brake assemblies and replace the shoes and support hardware if needed, before it's moved.
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Honestly...and maybe it's because I did something wrong but after a couple blow wheel seals I stopped using the ezlube fittings and now just repack the old fashioned way.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:24 AM   #6
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Honestly...and maybe it's because I did something wrong but after a couple blow wheel seals I stopped using the ezlube fittings and now just repack the old fashioned way.
Did you spin the wheels as you pumped in the new grease? I understand that this is an important step in keeping the rear seals intact.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:51 AM   #7
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EZ Lube is NOT a DIY job in the field! Just Pull what is there now and Replace with NEW "Seals and Bearings" now you and your Dad will be Pleased! Youroo!!
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Yes and I didn't have any issues the first couple years but over the last couple years I've lost 3 seals and ruined the brake lining. I think I was over greasing.. because it was easy. They probably didn't need greased as much as I was doing it. Also, by design, the grease passage is between the inside bearing and seal. You are putting pressure on the seal while greasing. I think you run the risk everytime you pump. Unfortunately you won't know until the damage is done.
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Btw, I'm not knocking the idea. I think it's a great concept. Just not for me due to personal experience.
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Btw, I'm not knocking the idea. I think it's a great concept. Just not for me due to personal experience.
I agree, good concept, just doesn't seem to pan out in real life. I am not a fan of ez-lube. I would rather pull the wheels once a year and inspect everything, grease everything, and know it was done correctly.
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