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Old 06-25-2015, 07:54 AM   #31
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I don't think the black grease is "dirty", it's just a different color/brand. The first 2 years I "re-greased" thru the zerks, I just pumped Red N Tacky until the black grease started coming out. No ill effects. This year, I decided to replace cups, cones and seals. When I took the hubs off and inspected the conglomeration of grease, it was all smooth with no metal flakes. Installed the new cups and hand packed the cones, installed new double lip seals and then pumped the hubs until Red N Tacky appeared at the front.

I don't think Lippert would put bad grease in and it certainly cannot get dirty just being towed from the factory to the dealer and then to your home.
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:00 PM   #32
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I don't think the black grease is "dirty", it's just a different color/brand. The first 2 years I "re-greased" thru the zerks, I just pumped Red N Tacky until the black grease started coming out. No ill effects. This year, I decided to replace cups, cones and seals. When I took the hubs off and inspected the conglomeration of grease, it was all smooth with no metal flakes. Installed the new cups and hand packed the cones, installed new double lip seals and then pumped the hubs until Red N Tacky appeared at the front.

I don't think Lippert would put bad grease in and it certainly cannot get dirty just being towed from the factory to the dealer and then to your home.
You are right, just cause it is black does not make it dirty. However any time you get a new trailer such as the 08 5th wheel I got a few months ago I recommend greasing the bearings. I also like the red and tacky grease. What came out was pure black. The dealer could not tell me when they were done last or with what grade of grease. I could see nothing wrong with it but? It may have been standard automotive grease which is not good! It is common for this to be used but it doesn't meet manufactures specs. It breaks down at too low of a temperature. My old grease looked nice and clean but did it meet specs, who knows?

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Old 06-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #33
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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.
My first two years, I used Royal Purple. First time used numerous 14 or 13 oz tubes until only purple lube was coming out of the front. Thought my arm was going to fall off from all the pumping. Then added some each year. Put a few thousand miles on the trailer.

This year, since I replaced the brakes with a larger size I inspected the old bearings and races carefully and they look great. Kept the bearings for an emergency set that I carry in the trailer.

I did switch grease for the new bearings that came with the new brakes to Mobil 1 Full Synthetic Red. (I use Mobil 1 products when I can, but Royal Purple is good too. Just don't own any of their stock)
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You are right, just cause it is black does not make it dirty. However any time you get a new trailer such as the 08 5th wheel I got a few months ago I recommend greasing the bearings. I also like the red and tacky grease. What came out was pure black. The dealer could not tell me when they were done last or with what grade of grease. I could see nothing wrong with it but? It may have been standard automotive grease which is not good! It is common for this to be used but it doesn't meet manufactures specs. It breaks down at too low of a temperature. My old grease looked nice and clean but did it meet specs, who knows?

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In the case of a used trailer, I would recommend a complete cleaning and repacking, new seals, but on a brand new, off the dealers lot, just adding Red N Tacky should be good.
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In the case of a used trailer, I would recommend a complete cleaning and repacking, new seals, but on a brand new, off the dealers lot, just adding Red N Tacky should be good.
You are right but it is going to get very little use thus year and saw nothing to cause me any concern.

However, this fall when my health is better I will tear them completely apart and replace everything from brakes on out.

I did see one thing but am going to start a new thread on it.

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