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Old 01-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Grease Caps on Trailers

I was moving my Flagstaff 27RLWS over to the RV park before the snow storm hit us. When I arrived and got it parked and leveled, I noticed the right rear hub cap was missing. When I checked it out I found the grease (dust) cap had been rolling around inside the small hub (see picture below). I contacted my dealer (Northgate RV) and they sent someone out to remove the tire and replace the grease cover. When you look at the picture, the grease cap was damaged before the tire was installed. Since the unit is brand new, I would suggest everyone pull their hub caps and check the grease caps for damage. I will be pulling the remaining caps to check out the other 3 grease caps.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-29-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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When I spoke to the mechanic who fixed the cap, he told me this is pretty common on all trailers. When the trailers are shipped to Forest River, the caps stick out, get banged around and often never replaced before the wheel is installed. The the unit is shipped. Who really checks these?
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:10 PM   #3
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This is irritating to me so I can only imagine how you must have felt. Thanks for sharing your experience with this.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:13 PM   #4
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Well I'm glad the dust cover knocked out the hub cap so I could discover it. It would have really been hairy on a 2000 mile trip, with bearing grease leaking out of the axle then locking up and causing a huge issue on the side of the road.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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Many members have found the Grease Zerks rolling around inside the rubber caps. Youroo!!
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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Oh wonderful. Just another thing to check when I pull the hub caps.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:21 PM   #7
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Worse yet here is a wheel on (Backwards) getting ready to leave the F/R plant to a Dealer! Youroo!!
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:26 PM   #8
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OMG. Does Forest River have any quality control? I imagine all manufacturers are about the same but really? A wheel on backwards? Must have been a new guy on a Monday morning hangover. We have done some crazy stuff over our years but I really can't wrap my head around installing a wheel the wrong way. That's a new one for me.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:36 PM   #9
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Someone posted the other day that his TT arrived with 16" tires on one side, and 15" on the other side. (SMH)
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:19 AM   #10
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there is absolutely nothing anyone could say or post about a new trailer that would surprise me anymore...

if someone took thier trailer off the lot and it transformed into optimus prime i MIGHT be a LITTLE surprised......maybe.....
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:38 PM   #11
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I'm feeling lucky. Sitting in the RV now watching a little TV and no more problems popped up. Changed out the Dometic 300 toilet today with the 300 with the new modification. Took 15 minutes. Hooked up everything and no leaks (ya). Re-winterize it again tomorrow. Took advantage of the one day heat wave today. Snow again Monday.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:08 PM   #12
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I had wheel bearing issue and discovered the rear wheel grease cap was slightly larger than the front! Two trips to the parts store!
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I had wheel bearing issue and discovered the rear wheel grease cap was slightly larger than the front! Two trips to the parts store!
An email to the manufacturer might have resolved this at no cost to you.
Al-Ko was quick to mail out some free center rubber plugs when mine started cracking and slinging grease.
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An email to the manufacturer might have resolved this at no cost to you.
Al-Ko was quick to mail out some free center rubber plugs when mine started cracking and slinging grease.

I have never had the grease-able zerks on a camper before. How easy is it to take the rubber cover off and put back on with out damaging them? Sorry for the hi-jack of thread. Any suggestion on the greasing process would be helpful. My last camper I took the bearings out and hand packed them and was comfortable with that.

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To avoid diverting this thread; check here for what you need:
Ultra-Lube Axles and Bearings Procedures
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To avoid diverting this thread; check here for what you need:
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thank-you Herk.....
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Don't let your grease leak out......
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I now grease minimum three times, that twice during the regular season and one to start the season. Several times I have found grease caps rolling inside the center spinner.
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