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Old 07-22-2016, 11:39 AM   #21
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After three years, I pulled the hubs off and the seals were intact, in great shape and no grease on the brakes. I cleaned the bearings and spindles and all was in great shape. Then repacked the bearings, put every thing back together and filled the space between the front/rear bearings with Mobil 1 synthetic grease.

Which is a NLGI-2 and a Lithium complex spec. This spring, did the pump and the tire rotation and all is still well.

I have the Ultra Lube found on the AL-KO axles; back when AL-KO was not owned by Dexter. (From what I can tell, identical system.)
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:27 PM   #22
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Every spring I pull the wheels and drums, pull the seals, clean up the bearings and races with brake cleaner. Inspect the brake shoes, magnets and all brake parts. Then hand pack the bearings, install new seals and reassemble. I do not fill the void with grease from the zerks, never used them. Have always greased my bearings this way on both trailers I have owned and have had good luck with this method. Have used Lucas red N Tacky seems like forever.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:29 PM   #23
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I just purchased my 2013 Wildcat Sterling. I am going to pull the wheels and hubs, clean and hand repack the bearings.

I don't think mixing brands and types of grease is a good idea. I don't know what grease they used before and I want to be able to use the zerk fittings and pump in the exact same grease as I pack them with.
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Curious

When reapacking the bearings of a 5th wheel, do you lift the wheels off the ground with the trailer hitched up or with the landing gear down? Seems like with the landing gear down you would put a lot of stress on the opposite side. Just curious.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:58 AM   #25
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I lifted all 4 wheels at the same time with the 6 point (unhitched). It was nice to have easy access to everything when I upgraded to disc brakes.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:47 PM   #26
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When reapacking the bearings of a 5th wheel, do you lift the wheels off the ground with the trailer hitched up or with the landing gear down? Seems like with the landing gear down you would put a lot of stress on the opposite side. Just curious.
Up until last weekend I had only greased the bearings using the ezlube zerk. My 5er is only 2 years old but I did 3k last summer and 6k on the camper this summer so I figured I'd better have a look inside to see how it held up. It's been many years since I pulled and repacked bearings so I did it hitched up using my Traileraid. I figured I can only do 1 wheel at a time anyway why push it.

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