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Old 05-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #121
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Not if you consider the equipment required and labor involved. Do it yourself once and I think you will agree that it is not a "Walk in the park". Dirty, somewhat dangerous & time consuming.
In my "round about" way; I was saying the same thing.

No one said owning a camper was going to be cheap...
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:44 AM   #122
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...No one said owning a camper was going to be cheap...
Boy, Howdy to that, even if you do 99.9% of the maintenance and mods yourself.
The acquisition of tools, equipment over the years is itself an expense.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #123
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Hi All, this is a very informational forum, and a great topic. We just purchased a used 2011 Flagstaff 26' 5th wheel (8526RLWS) and the wheel hubs look like they have lots of grease in them. I purchased a grease gun and a tube of lithium wheel bearing grease as per specs, but the grease is red. The original grease is a dark, gray colour, so am wondering if it is OK to mix the 2 greases. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks Fred in Alberta.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #124
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Hi All, this is a very informational forum, and a great topic. We just purchased a used 2011 Flagstaff 26' 5th wheel (8526RLWS) and the wheel hubs look like they have lots of grease in them. I purchased a grease gun and a tube of lithium wheel bearing grease as per specs, but the grease is red. The original grease is a dark, gray colour, so am wondering if it is OK to mix the 2 greases. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks Fred in Alberta.
Most likely the dark gray grease is "old used up" red grease.

BTW, I LOVE your camper!

If you have never before greased your hubs since new, you need to have the hubs removed, the bearings and brakes inspected/replaced (if needed), and new axle seals installed. Have the Zerk fittings cleaned or replaced if they won't take grease easily. Ask the shop (if you use one) to make sure the hubs are filled with grease after the bearings are hand packed. They might not want to since it costs them extra for the grease. Ask them also whose grease they used (my Ex-Dealership's shop used some goofy off shore brand that came in a 55 gallon barrel and not available in the USA.) If you don't like their answer, buy a Lithium Complex #2 with a Drop point higher than 446 degrees MINIMUM.

Like:
Mobil Oil............................................... ........................ Mobilgrease HP
Exxon/Standard .................................................. ................. Ronex MP
Kendall Refining Co. .................................................. .........Kendall L-427
Ashland Oil Co. ......................................... Valvoline Val-plex EP Grease
Pennzoil Prod. Co. ....................... Premium Wheel Bearing Grease 707L

THEN, before you go out on a trip, (every time, no kidding):



Pop the rubber insert out of the hub

Connect your HAND PUMPED (no air or battery powered!) grease gun
Pump until the grease that was in the outside bearing becomes the color of the original grease and stop. That pushes the clean grease going in from the rear bearing into the center of the hub and the clean grease from the center of the hub out the outside bearing.

This should only take a few (3 or 4) pumps. Any more than that and you may have a bad axle seal. STOP - this needs to be investigated.

If it is hard to pump; STOP.
Your ZERK is bad, so take it to Autozone and get new ones.

Purists will tell you to jack each wheel and spin while doing this, but if you do not have that ability (easily) it is not worth the extra effort, IMO.

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:22 PM   #125
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Not if you consider the equipment required and labor involved. Do it yourself once and I think you will agree that it is not a "Walk in the park". Dirty, somewhat dangerous & time consuming.
I place wheel bearing R&R right up there with (1 cord of firewood) lots of tools and equipment required! Youroo!
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Lou - I liked the thumbnail showing the grease flow. I have read my manual and knew how the grease flowed, but seeing it was even better.

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Lou - I liked the thumbnail showing the grease flow. I have read my manual and knew how the grease flowed, but seeing it was even better.

Thanks
Like always; can't take the credit. "Borrowed" from the Al-Ko site.

Well, now OLD web site. Seems my favorite "explanation graphics" are missing from the new web site...

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Like always; can't take the credit. "Borrowed" from the Al-Ko site.

Well, now OLD web site. Seems my favorite "explanation graphics" are missing from the new web site...

AL-KO
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:15 PM   #130
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Looked around on the web site,

Whoever designed it needs to be fired.

Misspellings and broken graphics galore!
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