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Old 04-25-2018, 12:13 AM   #1
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Re-packing wheel bearings on a new trailer?

I've read a lot about the importance of maintaining wheel bearings on a trailer. The conventional wisdom suggests it be done once a year. My question is this...our trailer is new, but it's last year's model so likely sat on the dealer lot for at least a year without much, if any, road time. We've only been on two short trips in the last month since purchasing. I've heard that wheel bearings "like to be moved" so am wondering if re-packing the wheel bearings now would be wise or just a waste of time and money. We'll be heading out on a two week, fifteen hundred mile trip down the Oregon coast in June. Appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:33 AM   #2
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I've read a lot about the importance of maintaining wheel bearings on a trailer. The conventional wisdom suggests it be done once a year. My question is this...our trailer is new, but it's last year's model so likely sat on the dealer lot for at least a year without much, if any, road time. We've only been on two short trips in the last month since purchasing. I've heard that wheel bearings "like to be moved" so am wondering if re-packing the wheel bearings now would be wise or just a waste of time and money. We'll be heading out on a two week, fifteen hundred mile trip down the Oregon coast in June. Appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.
Probably doesn't need to be done BUT is so easy to do, why not do it and then you don't need to worry about it.
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a couple of reports of little to no grease on bearings from factory, so I would at least take the wheels off and check... repacking probably not necessary after so few miles...

once a year is probably good if your doing 20,000 miles a year...

boat trailers are more like once a year, but they get submerged into water on a regular basis

you did get a TPMS for the trailer didn't you?
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I also have read posts of people who go to pack their "one year old" wheel bearings on an RV only to find that there was very little grease in the bearings from the factory. I've got way too much monies in my TT to not check the wheel bearings and seals annually. Having packed hundreds or more bearings in my short 69 years hanging around on this earth it's not a bad job to do at all. Good weather, something to sit on, cold beer(s) and good music gets me through this task easily. AND OH, these bearing housings that allow you to shoot some grease into a spring loaded device are not really friends of mine. I've seen too many of these where the grease comes out on the back side then gets thrown around onto everything back of the wheel including the brake shoes. That's not a good thing
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a couple of reports of little to no grease on bearings from factory, so I would at least take the wheels off and check... repacking probably not necessary after so few miles...

once a year is probably good if your doing 20,000 miles a year...

boat trailers are more like once a year, but they get submerged into water on a regular basis

you did get a TPMS for the trailer didn't you?
I did! In fact, I ordered it from the company you recommended and it should arrive today. I also got a reply from Mike Benson offering follow up service if needed. I believe he is either owner or a rep for Great RV Products. Thank you for the recommendation!
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Probably doesn't need to be done BUT is so easy to do, why not do it and then you don't need to worry about it.
I'm pretty handy but this is not something I've ever tried. There are a lot of You Tube videos. Any one in particular you'd recommend as a good instructional? We've got the Dexter Axle with the EZ Lube fitting which I'm told you should NEVER, EVER use! Thanks.
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From someone (me) who had a wheel bearing burnout on the interstate 1000 miles from home in my previous brand new trailer and not only almost completely ruined a vacation...but was within a few seconds of the trailer burning down on the side of the highway!

Do it yourself or get it done by the professionals (not a dealership or nationwide tire shop chain) and you will have peace of mind while traveling!

I just had my wheel bearings repacked and the whole suspension and brakes checked and adjusted.

Cost around $300.

Also bought new tires while they had the wheels off.

Now, as for bearings liking to be used, yes...this is true.

I think that the key to this is to not just hitch up and roll at 90 mph, but to drive around the neighborhood for a few minutes at a slow speed before you hit the highway!

This will give the grease time to smooth out around the bearings.

Kinda like starting your car and letting it run for a minute before you take off...allows the oil to flow through the engine!

Ever watch people jump in their car...start it...and take off while you can still hear the starter spinning?

Not good...
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My current camper was towed only once from the dealer and sat on a pad for 8 years-it was used by a couple who were building their retirement home. It was basically brand new with the only mileage on it being from the factory plus another 230 miles.

There was VERY litttle grease in the bearings! Couple this with multiple reports of little or no grease installed at the factory, it wouldn't hurt to repack those bearings!

Good luck on your trip!
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I'm pretty handy but this is not something I've ever tried. There are a lot of You Tube videos. Any one in particular you'd recommend as a good instructional? We've got the Dexter Axle with the EZ Lube fitting which I'm told you should NEVER, EVER use! Thanks.
I've got these fittings.... why should I never use them?
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I've got these fittings.... why should I never use them?
When not done properly you can blow the rear seal... Another Lippert axle seal leak story
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