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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearings

Is it necessary to repack wheel bearings yearly.i know it is recommended, but what do you think??
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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It is good low cost insurance. A wheel bearing that lets go on a highway is a pain in the @ss. It can also be costly. You are at the mercy of the local repair shop. I had a bearing go last spring. It cost almost $3000 to have repaired. This is a large amount and the job should have been cheaper but when you are in a new city and do not know where to go you take your chances. I had to have all 4 drums replaced new brakes all around The spindle was damaged when the bearing over heated and had to be repaired. Plus 12 hours labour.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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An oz of prevention is worth a lb of pain...do it and save yourself the pain of paying big time.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #4
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Tks. I think I will go ahead and get that done before spring.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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If you have the EZ Lube axles; pump fresh grease through the bearing until the old grease is flushed out every time you take it out, I believe you can extend the bearing dis-assembly and repack for 3 years. I have NO data to back this up.

The manual says to remove and inspect annually. I think it is overly conservative, but so far so good (will do mine this summer for the first time).

I am taking the camper to FL this winter (again) and if I lose a bearing I will have a lot of egg on my face for sure. Time will tell.
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Tks. I do have EZ Lube. RV is 010 so make check this year to make sure. Happy Travels!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:37 AM   #7
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I really must have got lucky. I never put anymore grease in my bearings all summer and our camper was new. I did check them for heat every time I filled up and they were cool. And I did also check for play once and it was good. I am gonna pump some grease in them this year before our first trip.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:18 AM   #8
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That yearly inspection also reminds you to readjust the brakes. Helps keep you safe.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:47 AM   #9
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Annually is probably a good idea.... my personal answer is it depends...... on how much & where you travel....... if you end up in standing water (hopefully not) or real dusty areas or great distances....... If you are a local weekend camper again just an opinion ever 2-4 years. If you go cross country... annually would be a very good idea.
Probably will get egg on my face too...... I don't do it annually ......I run five different size trailers. Not had a problem yet but..........
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #10
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Just curious, why should it be necessary to treat these bearings differently than those in a car or truck? A boat trailer I can see since they are submerged frequently.
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