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Old 10-09-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Okay guys I've read through the threads and cannot seem to find an answer and I'm still waiting on my owner's manual to come in from Forest River. I read through Herk7769's "Ultra-Lube axles and bearing procedures" and I'm still confused. How often should I have the axle hubs packed, on a non boat trailer I only have them done once every two years but I'm not sure with a TT. Our Sandpiper is a 301 BHD and has the easy lube axles but I'm not sure this really covers packing the hubs or if this is just designed to be hit with 2-3 shots of grease before each trip? I'm defiantly a newbie to all of this, so please help. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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Good luck with the Owner's Manual. If the TT ones are as vague as the MH version, all they're good for is lighting fires. The MH "Owner's Manual" I have covers ALL FR's motorised RV's in less than 60 pages, so it isn't specific on any of them. The first 10 pages are full of the lawyer-speak on things you mustn't do.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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Good luck with the Owner's Manual. If the TT ones are as vague as the MH version, all they're good for is lighting fires. The MH "Owner's Manual" I have covers ALL FR's motorised RV's in less than 60 pages, so it isn't specific on any of them. The first 10 pages are full of the lawyer-speak on things you mustn't do.
Very similar !
Lots of words very little info.
Lots of warnings.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:17 PM   #4
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The FR manuals are useless, but the big envelope of individual manuals from each of the component manufacturers is invaluable. There should be an axle manual in that package. Mine had tremendous detail.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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I didn't get any manuals, so I guess I'll have to contact ever manufacture separately.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:50 PM   #6
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I didn't get any manuals, so I guess I'll have to contact ever manufacture separately.
Every Vendor is online or in the files section of this forum.
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The manuals that weren't in my envelope, I've accumulated by downloading them from teh mfgr's websites. Also, "Herk", our super-moderator, has a fairly extensive library of them in the Herklopedia.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #8
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Check out this link to the files section and the axle manufacture manuals are there.

Forest River Forums - Downloads - Running Gear - Axles, Tires and Brakes
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #9
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Our Palomino owners manual states that wheel bearings are to be repacked yearly and and as required and to check brakes every six months or as required.

I like changing bearings frequently as the cost is not that much and you have to change seals when repacking any way. Its Cheap insurance and having an automotive and trucking back ground REGULAR preventive maintainance is key- plus it cost out the wazu to have emergency service.
- sorry a little off topic but the top part should help.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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To answer your original question, the Al-Ko manual states to inspect and repack every year. The Ultra-lube axle is marketed such that they say out of the other side of their mouth that if you push out the bad grease often, you will eliminate the annual repacking BUT the annual inspection is still required.

This is lawyer-speak and that is why you are confused. In order to inspect the bearings they need to be cleaned and then repacked and installed if good.

So, "In My Opinion" as long as you have clean Zerks that push the grease through the hub and no grease on the brakes during inspection, a repack every couple of seasons is probably OK. Your experience may dictate otherwise.
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