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Old 09-01-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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I'm not sure that I've ever heard of a sealed bearing on trailer, at least with any I've ever owned. Are you sure your information is correct?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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I think that your info is wrong, better check yourself to be positive.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:11 AM   #4
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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Remove bearing & inspect. If cone & race type,repack and replace SEAL. If sealed type,replace,noway to check. Youroo!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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youroo - thanks, and everyone else. Yes, I took the unit to a mechanic to have the bearings checked and he told me they are not the standard "cap-remove, inspect, repack" type...there is no way to do that with these. He uses the word "sealed bearing" but maybe that is not the correct terminology. Sure would be nice if the manual for my model was specific about this. I will do some more digging.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:29 AM   #7
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If you have any doubts, have them done. Cheap insurance and peace of mind is worth it during a 3500 mile trip.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:17 AM   #8
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youroo - thanks, and everyone else. Yes, I took the unit to a mechanic to have the bearings checked and he told me they are not the standard "cap-remove, inspect, repack" type...there is no way to do that with these. He uses the word "sealed bearing" but maybe that is not the correct terminology. Sure would be nice if the manual for my model was specific about this. I will do some more digging.
I think you need a different (Mechanic?) Youroo!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #9
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I think you need a different (Mechanic?) Youroo!!

X2..... are they the grease-able type where you do not take them off to grease? It would be robbery if he charged you for replacing bearings and just used a grease gun on them.
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They might be Dexter Nev-R-Lube bearings. Here is the manual for them. It just says to inspect them once a year or 12000 miles.

http://www.trailerparts4u.com/files/...20Bearings.pdf
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