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Old 05-30-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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i was wondering how many kilometer or miles should you have on your bearings before greasing them or adjusting them, i 4800 km on mine and i plan to take a 5000 km trip next month,,should they be looked at or just greased
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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I would give the tire a tug and see if they are loose or tight
If tight maybe give them a shot of grease to make sure they are well greased and if you here the clunk from loose bearing then it's time to check them out before your trip.
This is my opinion and you will probably get many diffrent opinions on this one
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:51 PM   #3
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Al-Ko says inspect and repack annually.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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Just had my first annual state 'inspection'. While not required by my state (Texas), I asked them to pull the brake drum at my extra cost. One of the brakes was found to not be working due to excess grease on the inside of the drum.

The grease came from the bearing being overpacked - pushing the grease past the seal (damaging the seal).

I was not really noticing any significant problems since 3 of the 4 wheels were braking, and I stay about 2k below my max load rating.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #5
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I was told by the head mechanic at our dealer to repack every 5000km or anually, whichever is first. Come to think of it, I've been bad, I did 7000km.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:20 AM   #6
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I was told by the head mechanic at our dealer to repack every 5000km or anually, whichever is first. Come to think of it, I've been bad, I did 7000km.
If the bearings and seals are in good order there is no reason whatsoever to repack every 5000 km. Some years we have towed the trailer over 10 000 km and last year we did over 20 000 km without any problems at all. I do not use the grease fittings to add grease at all, once a year the wheels come of for a complete brake inspection and bearing repack.
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In my case, my '11 Shamrock 19 has travelled approx. 8,000kms.

I just pushed new grease, using the zerk under the rubber cap. I used X-tra grease from Lucas Oil (from Canadian Tire), and it's green, I pumped until I saw the green stuff oozing out. I wiped cleaned as best as I could inside the cap and put the rubber cover back on.

I will pump a few squirts over the summer again and plan to remove the wheels and inspect either in the fall, or next spring.

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If the bearings and seals are in good order there is no reason whatsoever to repack every 5000 km. Some years we have towed the trailer over 10 000 km and last year we did over 20 000 km without any problems at all. I do not use the grease fittings to add grease at all, once a year the wheels come of for a complete brake inspection and bearing repack.
That's great if you can do that. The point I made is that I do what was recommended to me by the dealer, and I will continue to do so until the warranty is over. I do envy you though, if you can pull your trailer for 20,000 km in one year, you do get out alot. Many don't even put that kind of diastance on their personal vehicle. Must be nice. My longest tow was the round trip from Vancouver to St. Laurent, Manitoba and back, plus a few shorter trips in between, in one season. Actually, I guess, closer to 9500 kms in total.
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That's great if you can do that. The point I made is that I do what was recommended to me by the dealer, and I will continue to do so until the warranty is over. I do envy you though, if you can pull your trailer for 20,000 km in one year, you do get out alot. Many don't even put that kind of diastance on their personal vehicle. Must be nice. My longest tow was the round trip from Vancouver to St. Laurent, Manitoba and back, plus a few shorter trips in between, in one season. Actually, I guess, closer to 9500 kms in total.
We are both retired, so time is no problem and last year was an exception to the norm. In early summer we went to the Yukon and in the Fall to the East Coast including PEI. This year we will stay in Alberta and get to know this Province a bit better. (On my finance ministers orders)
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We are both retired, so time is no problem and last year was an exception to the norm. In early summer we went to the Yukon and in the Fall to the East Coast including PEI. This year we will stay in Alberta and get to know this Province a bit better. (On my finance ministers orders)
My family and I love visiting Alberta. Drumheller, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, but Jasper most of all. Miette Hot Springs and the Ice Fields.....WOW.
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