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Old 08-02-2016, 11:57 AM   #1
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Which axle is better, Lippert or EZ Lube?

So, before I begin...yes, I should have checked when I bought the trailer, but I assumed I was getting what was on the invoice. Plus, we didn't get to camp much last year, so I didn't do any maintenance on the axles (still low mileage).

Anyway, last week I had the annual safety inspection on the trailer. It passed, and the tech said he recommended I get the bearings repacked soon. I told him thanks and I would mess with it myself, because my sales invoice listed EZ Lube axles on the trailer.

That weekend, I pop off the plastic hub to verify my grease gun would fit the zerk, and much to my surprise, I have non-EZ lube lippert axles.

So, before I call Forest River and/or the dealer (who I wasn't impressed with anyway), should I raise enough of a stink to get the axles swapped for EZ Lubes, or are the lippert axles better anyway?

Opinions, please...

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Old 08-02-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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The general consensus is that you shouldn't rely on the EZ-Lube system anyway, so I probably wouldn't raise too much ruckus about it.

I would however, let both the dealer and FR know about it if it's specifically listed on the build sheet.
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:53 AM   #3
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That's what I was thinking, too.

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Old 08-04-2016, 12:39 PM   #4
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If I didn't have the EZ lube system, I would have installed bearing buddies.

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Old 08-04-2016, 01:41 PM   #5
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I thought about that, but my understanding is that the bearing buddies are really only useful to keep water out of your bearings by putting a barrier between them and the water.

I don't know if they're effective at getting grease around the bearings well enough to be worth the cost/hassle. But I don't know.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:47 PM   #6
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Do yourself a favor and pack the bearings the old fashioned way - by hand. I have the EZ Lube axles and just don't trust using a grease gun to lube them.
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How often do you need to maintenance the bearings? I don't ever remember doing it on my vehicles. Why on a trailer is it more often an issue? Just wondering...
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Bearing Buddies are only for trailers WITHOUT BRAKES.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:06 PM   #9
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Bearing Buddies are only for trailers WITHOUT BRAKES.
I didn't know that, thank you for the clarification.

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Old 08-04-2016, 02:13 PM   #10
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Bearing Buddies, while in principle are similar (pump grease in the cap) they are VERY different.

EZ lube has a cavity/tunnel machined in the axle spindle to allow the grease from the cap to return to the lube point without pushing past the rear seal. (if you are lucky!)

Bearing Buddies simply push the grease past the front & rear bearings through the hub and out the rear seal. The idea is to push out any water (such as in a boat trailer) with the grease. As OldCoot said... do not use on axles with brakes.

To answer your question, I would bring it to the dealer's and possibly the factory's attention if it specifically called out EZ Lubes but I would simply pack the bearings on the axles you currently have by hand. Way better.

Who's to say during axle replacement you wouldn't get into additional problems like alignment, fitment, etc.?
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