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Old 06-06-2015, 12:53 PM   #11
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I just pumped new grease into the bearings of my 2014 Flagstaff. The grease that was expelled was purple in color and looked to be in perfect condition. No metal flakes or sparkling and the purple grease was thick and not cloudy. I have put around 6000 miles on since I purchased it. Is the purple colored grease the factory "bad" great or did the dealer redo the bearings? For what it is worth, I regressed with red Mystic JT6 grease I use on my tractors.

BTW, I think I saw some little 3 oz tubes of Lucas red at Home Depot in the little kit of grease gun/tubes they sell.

Edit to add that I just looked it up and it is on their website. Item L314 Lucas mini grease gun kit. They also sell the cartridges.
Thank you. The 3 pack they sell includes 2 xtra heavy grease and one tube of red-n-tacky.

The best buy is still the 14 ounce tube.

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Old 06-06-2015, 12:54 PM   #12
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I just pumped new grease into the bearings of my 2014 Flagstaff. The grease that was expelled was purple in color and looked to be in perfect condition. No metal flakes or sparkling and the purple grease was thick and not cloudy. I have put around 6000 miles on since I purchased it. Is the purple colored grease the factory "bad" great or did the dealer redo the bearings? For what it is worth, I regressed with red Mystic JT6 grease I use on my tractors.

BTW, I think I saw some little 3 oz tubes of Lucas red at Home Depot in the little kit of grease gun/tubes they sell.

Edit to add that I just looked it up and it is on their website. Item L314 Lucas mini grease gun kit. They also sell the cartridges.
Wow, good information. I have a little grease gun to. If I carry extra bearings, I guess I should carry a gun and some grease to. On my old axles I had the purple to, but don't know what happened when Dexter bought out AL-KO but there was some pretty runny grease in them. It was a real mess when I pushed the old out and put the new in. I only have about 550 miles on the new bearings and seals. So I'm not due for awhile. I still bought a set of bearings and seals to carry with me, instead of trying to find some somewhere. Cheap enough 46.00 for a complete set of 4. Thanks for that info. I will look into it. Safe travels to you and yours...
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:56 PM   #13
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Speaking of the purple grease, has anyone used "royal purple" grease ? I use the engine oil and other items and have always had good luck with their products. Just curious if anyone had used this, it's purple in color.
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:29 PM   #14
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Hum chocolate color, purple color. I switched to O'Rileys Master Pro red hi-temp disc brake wheel bearing grease (NLGI #2) about 4 years ago for my trailers and started using it for my 5th wheel 2 years ago. This year is the second packing for the same bearings. Do I need to consider a different grease? I've not had any issues yet with hot bearings or failure but now I'm concerned based on this thread.
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Hum chocolate color, purple color. I switched to O'Rileys Master Pro red hi-temp disc brake wheel bearing grease (NLGI #2) about 4 years ago for my trailers and started using it for my 5th wheel 2 years ago. This year is the second packing for the same bearings. Do I need to consider a different grease? I've not had any issues yet with hot bearings or failure but now I'm concerned based on this thread.
I wouldn't worry about it, disc brakes get a lot hotter than trailer drums do.
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:39 PM   #16
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My experience is that RV manufacturers put enough grease in the bearings to get the RV to the dealer. The initial application of grease on my last few RVs took a significant amount of grease. A few words of caution. Do not use a pneumatic grease gun. Pump a hand gun very slowly. If greasing in cold weather, warm the grease inside prior to using it. I would not assume that a brand new RV is properly greased for the initial season.
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Hum chocolate color, purple color. I switched to O'Rileys Master Pro red hi-temp disc brake wheel bearing grease (NLGI #2) about 4 years ago for my trailers and started using it for my 5th wheel 2 years ago. This year is the second packing for the same bearings. Do I need to consider a different grease? I've not had any issues yet with hot bearings or failure but now I'm concerned based on this thread.
Was looking at booklet for my axles. It says to use an automotive type bearing grease with a minimum dropping off temp of 440 degrees. Just check the specs on what you are using. All the red grease I looked at was 500 degrees.

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Jack up the axles and turn the wheels slowly while you pump red grease. Pump until the new red grease comes out the end of the axle. Clean up the mess, pop the rubber end caps on and you are done.


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Jack up the axles and turn the wheels slowly while you pump red grease. Pump until the new red grease comes out the end of the axle. Clean up the mess, pop the rubber end caps on and you are done.


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Actually according to manufacture jacking and spinning the wheel isn't necessary but certainly can't hurt.. If you are pulling the wheel to check the brakes that is a different story.

I did two the other day but quit because of the heat. Got to pull the slide in to do the other two. The two I did were well greased, tons of "old" grease came out. Over 1/2 a roll of paper towels to clean up the mess, LOL!

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The instructions on my Alko's say jack and turn wheel slowly while slowly pumping grease.


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