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Old 05-17-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Greasing. When and how often.

Hi all. Been working on ,in and around vehicles and heavy equipment for the last 18 years but I'm new to the travel trailer scene.
We got ours last year brand new and put maybe at most 1200 kms on it. I'm just wondering how often or at what intervals the bearing should be cleaned and repacked.
I assume I should be good for the better part of the summer. There is a 1500 km trip planned in July and I'll be going over the unit and truck a few weeks prior. Other than that we only have maybe 250 km of travel planned until then.


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Old 05-17-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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I check the play every year when I check and adjust brakes. Inspect and pack bearings by hand every two years. New seals as well. We tow about 5000 miles a year.
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X2 same as team4. I have the flowthru grease system so I grease them each spring for the summer and every two years I pull the wheels and drums check every thing and replace all the old grease. By the way use the type of grease that Dexter axle recommends and you should have no problems. Specific NLGI 2 lithium complex, drop point 215c (419f), with EP, corrosion & Oxidation inhibitors, viscosity indew of 80 minimum. A little harder to find then general grease but well worth it.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:51 AM   #4
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Awesome. Thanks for the advice and point to the right direction gentlemen. Will have look when I get home. Also, I don't have the EZ lube setup.


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Old 05-17-2016, 11:41 AM   #5
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Good to know CLR on the EZ lube axles, I was wondering about that myself! Thank you very much!
Domtherrien I had a trailer I bought new for 14 seasons so I can tell you how to deal with those axles. I pulled the tires/ drums every other season, cleaned, lubed, inspected, adjusted the shoes and put it back together. I never replaced anything and never had a problem. Went through 1 set of tires and had about half tread on the new set when I sold it last fall.
If there is any hint of water infiltration when you pull the wheel, replace the bearings/ races and seal on that wheel. I would also install bearing buddies, you can keep an eye on the seal this way, which you cant see without pulling the wheel. Bearing buddies put pressure on the system, which will keep water from getting in. And, if the bearing buddy loses its pressure, you will have an idea you might have lost a seal, you can pull that wheal and fix it before damage occurs.
First thing I do when I get a trailer is pull the wheels, especially on boats! They are always neglected, granted boats are unique but water is the enemy of bearings.
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Great info. I plan on popping off the covers soon as I'm home from work.


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Old 05-17-2016, 01:13 PM   #7
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Been trailering 30 years plus. My rule of thumb is 12000KM or every second year...whichever comes first. Gives me a chance to look at the brakes and check all the bearings at the same time. Just did ours and found one magnet wire the wires broken off.
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X2 same as team4. I have the flowthru grease system so I grease them each spring for the summer and every two years I pull the wheels and drums check every thing and replace all the old grease. By the way use the type of grease that Dexter axle recommends and you should have no problems. Specific NLGI 2 lithium complex, drop point 215c (419f), with EP, corrosion & Oxidation inhibitors, viscosity indew of 80 minimum. A little harder to find then general grease but well worth it.
I have been using Lucas Heavy Duty WB Grease (green) since the trailer was new. I called Lucas tech line last week and they were emphatic not to mix types of week. I was thinking of upgrading to their Red Hi Tack Hi temp grease and they advised against it unless I completely washed all the bearing out with solvent.
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I have aluminum wheels on my new RV and to get to the EZ Lube grease fittings I have to pull the wheels to remove the chrome cap over the fitting. I guess I need to spin the wheels anyway but my old RV with steel wheels the grease fittings were easier to get to.
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Thanks all for every bit of info tons of help guys. Appreciated


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