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Old 11-10-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
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Lost entire tire, rim, and brake drum

A couple of weeks ago our way to a campground, I saw a tire in my rearview mirror rolling down the road behind me. Didn't think too much about it until someone pulled up beside me (2 lanes of traffic) pointing to my trailer. I pulled over to find rear wheel gone. Nothing but the spindle, rear race, and back plate with brake parts left. I never felt any sway or bump at all. I have never seen or heard of this happening.
A couple of weeks before, we had just completed a 6150 mile trip out west with no problems. Never have had any kind of brake or wheel problems. I had lubed bearings before long trip with grease gun. Have never removed bearings. Also. I updated tires and rims to G rated tires and heavy duty rims. Only removed lug nuts, replaced rims and torqued lug nuts.

Have any ideas? RV probably has 11000 - 12000 miles on it.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:08 AM   #2
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Sounds like the bearing retainer nut wasn't properly secured with a PROPERLY installed cotter pin. Not a usual occurrence if the nut and cotter pin were properly installed.

Does the spindle have any discoloration near the threaded end that might indicate the outer bearing might have failed (lack of lube, rust, dirt, etc, etc,)?
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:27 PM   #3
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No discolorization whatsoever. Still brite metal covered in grease. It must have been missing cotter pin since rv was new. Can't believe I put that many miles on it before having any problems. Trailer is put away for the winter now. I plan on pulling off all wheels in the spring before our first trip. Would have posted pic but couldn't figure how to do it.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:31 PM   #4
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Sounds like a Warranty claim.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:59 PM   #5
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What?!

Didn't think much about a tire rolling down the road behind you?!?!
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:27 PM   #6
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Many axles (mostly EZ Lube) no longer have a cotter pin to secure the spindle nut ... they have a retainer with a flat that snaps over the nut on the end of the spindle. This could have failed.
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Didn't think much about a tire rolling down the road behind you?!?!
My thoughts exactly. Glad no one was hurt.
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No discolorization whatsoever. Still brite metal covered in grease. It must have been missing cotter pin since rv was new. Can't believe I put that many miles on it before having any problems. Trailer is put away for the winter now. I plan on pulling off all wheels in the spring before our first trip. Would have posted pic but couldn't figure how to do it.
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You DO know that you need to check ALL of your tires and running gear as, with the loss/failure of one element, the rest of the system may have been over worked and become damaged, right?
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Does anyone know if Dexter has eliminated the cotter pin hole as a result of beginning to use these clips that appear to be stamped out of sheet metal?

I realize that the bearing can't influence to nut's position on the spindle, as there is a key'd washer in the way, thus there is no torque applied to it, but I sure would feel better if I could use the old tried-and-true method of securing the spindle nut.

Here's a thought: If someone at Dexter forgot to install that clip, one could go many, many miles, allowing the thrust forces (tapered bearings) on the nut to very slowly push it looser and looser until it simply fell off, allowing the entire rotating assembly to detach. Unless one recovered the lost assembly, and found no clip inside the spindle cap, you'd never know of the faulty initial condition.

If you have recent Dexter axles that use these clips, it might be a good idea to pop off the caps and take a look. Something else on which to do our own QC, relieving the manufacturers of their responsibilities.

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