Wheel Bearing Maintenance
I have a 2007 Forest River Cherokee Lite 5th wheel. We bought it 2 years ago and are absolutely ecstatic with it. It is a major step-up from our older 25' pull behind camper. One item that is of some concern is when to replace the wheel bearings. I am not sure how many miles were actually on the camper when we bought it, but I have probably put around 3,500 on it. My old camper had the type of bearing that could be repacked and I had them done about every two years - after learning the hard way of what happens when a bearing fails. This leads to my concern in that I have been told that the bearings on my 5th wheel are the sealed style and cannot be repacked, nor can the wear be check. The only option is replacement. What I cannot determine via any kind of owners manual - which is sketchy at best, is how often should the sealed bearing be replaced, or should I say, how many miles. One "recommended" distance is about 12,000 miles, but I have not been able to find any factual evidence to support that claim. What I have been told is there is no middle ground - when they fail, they do so with no warning.
We are planning about a 3500 mile trip next summer and want to be proactive in trying to prevent a seal failure. If I cannot get a clearer picture on what needs to be done, then I will play it safe and have all of them replaced before that trip.
2007 Cherokee Lite 35' | 2005 Ram 2500