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Old 12-11-2015, 04:12 PM   #11
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Just because it say's Timken/BCA/Delco/Motorcraft ect does not mean it is made in the U.S. It will say on the bearing/race.
TRUE. Timken,. once a family owned business, noted for innovations and quality has moved their tapered bearing manufacturing to China a few years ago. Timken says they will maintain the same quality. We will have to see but I have heard of no problems in the manufacturing business that I was involved.
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Old 12-11-2015, 07:11 PM   #12
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Last year I bought a pre-owned 2013 Columbus 320RS from the original owner and immediately took it on a trip. Had intermittent brake problems the whole trip so I took it to a shop to inspect the brakes and pack the bearings and they found the Lippert axle problems. Just to make a long story short I ended up replacing all the components with Dexter axle assemblies. Current problems solved and I hope future problems also. Repair shop dealt with extended warranty company reporting the damage they found and they paid for all less the deductible. Problems with the original axles on these units seem to be common.
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Old 12-11-2015, 07:24 PM   #13
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I took my 20 month old 2015 Columbus 320RS in for some warranty work (two year factory warranty) and I ask the dealer (Liberty, MO RV) to check and hand pack the wheel bearings. As has been common with so many others the Lippert seal's were leaking and had ruined the brakes and other internal parts. When the dealer contacted Lippert they offered to supply all the parts but would not cover labor because I had not had the wheel bearings packed at 12 months as Lippert recommends. I would like your thoughts on this. The dealer seems to think I am getting a good deal from Lippert. They said it would have cost me two hours labor at $99 an hour just to pack the wheel bearings. Now it will cost me an additional two hours labor to replace all the parts so, in essence I am getting all new parts for just the labor charge of the additional two hours. Does this sound fair to you?
NO DON'T PAY ANYTHING !!!!! they had a recall on the seals which ruin the breaks .You mite have to fight with them , but they had BAD parts. I had the same problem. I chose to put Timkin bearings and seals . they cost more but we are going to make long trips and don't want any problems. Get on the Columbus RV Group web site someone on there has the recall letter.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:16 PM   #14
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TRUE. Timken,. once a family owned business, noted for innovations and quality has moved their tapered bearing manufacturing to China a few years ago. Timken says they will maintain the same quality. We will have to see but I have heard of no problems in the manufacturing business that I was involved.
The Timken wheel bearings I just received to replace the Chinese bearings in my Hensley and the pillow block bearings we use to work are all made in USA. Not saying all are still made here but at least some are.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:04 AM   #15
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I just changed all the brakes to disc brakes, problem solved.
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:56 AM   #16
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Assuming we're talking about axles with the EZ Lube spindles ... grease on brake shoes is not a new issue by several years and it is not really due to "bad seals". EZ lube works, but it is a tedious job for each wheel to be jacked up and rotated slowly while grease is SLOWLY pumped in till it comes out the outer bearing. The first time you do this, it will take near a tube of grease per wheel to get grease to flow past the outer bearing ... guaranteed.The factory doesn't fill the hub cavity with grease to make this design work to start with. Few dealerships or owners take the time to go jack them up and spin, so grease is pushed past the rear seal almost without fail. I don't care for the setup period ... I always remove the bearings from the hub, clean, repack, reassemble. This method also allows one to inspect the brakes and related hardware while the wheel is off. If you insist on using the EZ Lube spindles and just want to create peace of mind ... pump no more than 3-4 squirts of grease in the zerk a couple of times a year and hand pack them every other. Read up on EZ Lube operation and maintenance if you feel I'm blowing hot air.
I agree 100% based upon my own hard headed learning by trial and error. Wish I had found this forum before I ever touched our trailer. There are so many subtleties that you miss moving from general SHADE TREE automotive repair skills to Shade Tree Trailer Mechanic.
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