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Old 03-06-2018, 09:28 AM   #1
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Dexter Axle on a Flagstaff Classic Ultra Light?

Can anybody confirm the proper way of applying grease to your hubs would be through the Dexter ez lube system? I saw it on youtube. I have a 2016. I do not have my manual so I thought I would just throw it out there to see if anybody could confirm. Thanks.
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Can anybody confirm the proper way of applying grease to your hubs would be through the Dexter ez lube system? I saw it on youtube. I have a 2016. I do not have my manual so I thought I would just throw it out there to see if anybody could confirm. Thanks.
If you contact Dexter Axle they have a very good Complete user Manual that TOTALY explains "Bearing/Brake/Maintenance" it is Free! Youroo!!
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Here is the video directly off Dexter's web site...



Dexter E-Z Lube System
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And here is a link to a Dexter hub/bearing service manual. (scroll down for E-Z Lube)

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I recently had my TT axles properly aligned. The shop that did it is considered one of the top axle businesses in northern California. I asked them this question. Answer: the EZ Lube system was designed for boat trailers, that are often totally submerged in water. More people blow out seals in travel trailers and 5th wheels using these systems, than they are worth. Bearings should be removed, cleaned and lubed by hand, instead.
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I recently had my TT axles properly aligned. The shop that did it is considered one of the top axle businesses in northern California. I asked them this question. Answer: the EZ Lube system was designed for boat trailers, that are often totally submerged in water. More people blow out seals in travel trailers and 5th wheels using these systems, than they are worth. Bearings should be removed, cleaned and lubed by hand, instead.
You need to ask someone else.

The E-Z Lube system was NOT designed for boat trailers.
That is the design of Bearing Buddies.
Bearing Buddies are designed to blow grease (and water) out the back, past the seal when adding grease.

E-Z Lube is a completely different design and NEVER intended to be completely submerged in water.

I'm not discounting some folks may blow the seals on an E-Z Lube but if a top axle shop doesn't know the difference, they are not too close the top.
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I blew out my seals by periodically adding grease to my ez hubs based on the recommendation from my RV dealer. My trailer mechanic does not recommend using the greasing procedure recommended by Dexter. Periodically remove, clean and regrease. I will never use the ez lube again.
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I have used the ez lube grease fitting at times and I have pulled the bearings and manually greased them at times. In my opinion, both ways work..... but utilizing the EZ lube zerk fitting needs to be done with care. Pump the grease gun slowly and rotate the wheel continuously. If you go to fast or don't spin the wheel you are likely to blow out the rear seal and get grease all in the brake mechanism.
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You need to ask someone else.

The E-Z Lube system was NOT designed for boat trailers.
That is the design of Bearing Buddies.
Bearing Buddies are designed to blow grease (and water) out the back, past the seal when adding grease.

E-Z Lube is a completely different design and NEVER intended to be completely submerged in water.

I'm not discounting some folks may blow the seals on an E-Z Lube but if a top axle shop doesn't know the difference, they are not too close the top.
From page 58 of Dexter's hub/bearing service manual.

Note:
The E-Z Lube feature is designed to allow immersion
in water. Axles not equipped with E-Z Lube are not
designed for immersion and bearings should be repacked
after each immersion. If hubs are removed from an axle
with the E-Z Lube feature, it is imperative that the seals
be replaced BEFORE bearing lubrication. Otherwise,
the chance of grease getting on brake linings is greatly
increased.
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From page 58 of Dexter's hub/bearing service manual.

Note:
The E-Z Lube feature is designed to allow immersion
in water. Axles not equipped with E-Z Lube are not
designed for immersion and bearings should be repacked
after each immersion. If hubs are removed from an axle
with the E-Z Lube feature, it is imperative that the seals
be replaced BEFORE bearing lubrication. Otherwise,
the chance of grease getting on brake linings is greatly
increased.
My bad...sorry.
My Dexter rep had told me differently
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I recently had my TT axles properly aligned. The shop that did it is considered one of the top axle businesses in northern California. I asked them this question. Answer: the EZ Lube system was designed for boat trailers, that are often totally submerged in water. More people blow out seals in travel trailers and 5th wheels using these systems, than they are worth. Bearings should be removed, cleaned and lubed by hand, instead.
Totally different axle/suspension type than the Flagstaff the OP is talking and asking about! Youroo!!
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Can anybody confirm the proper way of applying grease to your hubs would be through the Dexter ez lube system? I saw it on youtube. I have a 2016. I do not have my manual so I thought I would just throw it out there to see if anybody could confirm. Thanks.
I decided to replace the Chinese bearings in my, new at the time, 2017 fifth wheel with the EZ lube ( that never was used) and found (2) of the seals were leaking. I would recommend pulling the hubs at least the first time !
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With E-Z lub you need double lips seal.
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A couple years ago I had bearings greased at the local RV shop (I had done it myself about 2 years prior to that)

On trip to Cal a bearing seized in the desert in Utah near Price - Forest River wouldn't sell the local truck repair dealer (a large nation chain) a new axle and they had to have one made. Two week stay in Price - luckily AAA trip interruption insurance reimbursed most of the cost.

On the way back to Fl a wheel broke off in the rain at 65 MPH on an interstate - this time I called FR Warranty Dept and they gave me a number at Dexter - got the replacement in 10 days and the local Goodyear tire and Wheel store installed it. I drove to our place in Fl until the new axle arrived at Goodyear and then went back to get the TT.

The local RV shop in Fl now only removes and greases the bearings instead of using the EZ Lube.

Now we replace the bearings every year before driving nearly 7K miles back and forth between CA and FL etc.

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