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Old 03-25-2015, 09:55 AM   #11
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out of the book it calls for 12000 miles to change your bearings, and adjust the breaks ever 6 mos or as needed. Now that is for AL-KO. Nice people give them a call @ 800-349-3427 they will send you a manual on the axles and whole system and also parts list. I would get a tranny cooler installed.....
Never heard of any mfg recommending replacing bearings @ 12k, maybe checking and repacking, but not replacement.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:58 PM   #12
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Never heard of any mfg recommending replacing bearings @ 12k, maybe checking and repacking, but not replacement.
Shame, Shame on me it's says inspect for wear and damage and repack. What do you do, follow every post I make?... If I have to pull the rear bearings to inspect you might as well replace them for $12.00 from AL-KO, but your right it does say that. Sorry to mislead you OP,... IMO it would be dumb not to as cheap as they are. It's good to carry a spear set with you, and also order a stud for .98 cents and a lug nut I think that was over a dollar and some cents. Better then being stuck somewhere trying to find parts. Not sure if you have dexter or Al-KO axles. I have 4000 lb AL-KO.
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Well I truly respect and thank a man who is honest! How would I know if I have AL-KO or dexter axle? Did Shamrocks vary in the two? I'm gonna have the inspected at minimum. Is it always wise to carry a spare?
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:47 PM   #14
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Well I truly respect and thank a man who is honest! How would I know if I have AL-KO or dexter axle? Did Shamrocks vary in the two? I'm gonna have the inspected at minimum. Is it always wise to carry a spare?
Don't know, but when you pull the hubs/wheels, just clean the inner and outer cones (bearings) get the numbers off them and go to your local auto parts store and pickup a couple of sets of both plus 4 new seals and a couple of tubes of Luca Red "N" Tacky grease.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:00 PM   #15
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Any thoughts on a sway bar for such a small trailer?
for a single axle TT, YES!

and there was no 16' 2002 Roo. the smallest that they made, was the Roo 17.
it is 18' long, from tongue to bumper.
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Well I truly respect and thank a man who is honest! How would I know if I have AL-KO or dexter axle? Did Shamrocks vary in the two? I'm gonna have the inspected at minimum. Is it always wise to carry a spare?
It should say on the axle with a model # either you have torsion which is AL-KO or if you have springs it would be Dexter, Look behind the wheel if you see a about a 4" bar that looks like it moves up and down then they are torsion. If you google Al-Ko they will show the difference.
2) Is it always wise to carry a spare, I would say yes. A couple of days ago I guy spent a day looking for a stud to fit his MH. Also bearing's fail. Not because they are made in China they just do. You don't want to be stuck on the road side. I carry the spares just incase. The GS tow service would change them if you had the parts. It would be a little extra or a big tip. I myself like to have things that we know will break down. Also If I saw you on the side of the road and needed something I would be glad to give you the part if I had it. Just part of camping to me and helping your fellow camper out. Have a great trip, make sure you put in a squirt of grease in them. Easy to do and just do it slow with a hand pump grease gun .Al-Ko say's you do not have to spin the wheel as you do it, Dexter say's to spin it....
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Dexter also makes a torsion axle called Torflex and also a new one with removable/replaceable spindles. Way ahead of Al-Ko in that respect. BTW, Al-Ko also makes spring suspension for trailers.
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Yes, I like the helping each other out as needed aspect. My kind of folks! It certainly makes sense to carry spares on such an important part that "could" fail at any given time and with my luck it would be on some overpass getting on the George Washington Bridge at rush hour Forth of July Friday evening!!!! lol
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Dexter also makes a torsion axle called Torflex and also a new one with removable/replaceable spindles. Way ahead of Al-Ko in that respect. BTW, Al-Ko also makes spring suspension for trailers.
Why do you hate Al-KO so much? Just wondering never heard a positive thing come out about AL-KO. Dexter is really no better it's like the same argument as Marathons vs. Maxxis and it just go's on and on. You deal with what you have and bought and take care of it. To me there is no right or wrong....... I also guess Dexter seen the light being that they are now producing per you called Torflex. All I'm saying is that the OP should take care of what he has and get a few extra parts to carry, Just an answer to his question. I could really care less what is installed on my trailer. I'm happy with the set up and been across the USA east to west and no problems, even with the so called China tire bombs. I guess I would call it a preference by people who know more then me and the factory......
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Interesting. I had thought FR had already gone exclusive with Dexter by 2002. I do know 2004+ torsion axles were Dexter Torflex on Flagstaff models.
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