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Old 05-02-2014, 01:13 AM   #1
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Repacking wheel bearings

Hi! This is my first time posting a question to the forums. You guys have given me so much great information over the very, very (very) long winter here in Alberta. We bought our first trailer last summer (Solaire 307 qb and some letters that I can't remember). So we did our winterizing last fall and plan to dewinterize this weekend or next so we're ready for May long. My question is this: I've heard the term "repacking the wheel bearings". What is it, how is it done, and how often? We only pulled the trailer for about 3500 kms last summer-what can we expect to do for maintenance before our "big" trip? Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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Repacking the wheel bearings is the process of removing the hubs, cleaning all the old grease out of the hubs, out of the bearings themselves, then putting a coating of fresh grease inside the hub to prevent rust, packing grease between the rollers inside the cage, replacing the grease seals, then putting the hubs back on and adjusting the preload on the bearings.

Think of it the same way as changing the engine oil.

How often varies. Some make it part of their Spring tune up, others do it every couple of years, some do it every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Me personally, two years or 15,000 miles, I'll end up doing it two years since I don't get to tow that much.

I'd have them checked, make sure the tension is good and all is smooth, but they shouldn't need to be repacked yet.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:48 AM   #3
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Hi! This is my first time posting a question to the forums. You guys have given me so much great information over the very, very (very) long winter here in Alberta. We bought our first trailer last summer (Solaire 307 qb and some letters that I can't remember). So we did our winterizing last fall and plan to dewinterize this weekend or next so we're ready for May long. My question is this: I've heard the term "repacking the wheel bearings". What is it, how is it done, and how often? We only pulled the trailer for about 3500 kms last summer-what can we expect to do for maintenance before our "big" trip? Thanks!
I you go to the Library at the top in the green bar, then running gear, you can download your axle manual and it will answer all your questions.

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Forest River Forums - Downloads - Running Gear - Axles, Tires and Brakes

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Old 05-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #4
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Lots of good YouTube videos too.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:22 AM   #5
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The boating world, uses Bearing Buddies, and the like for keeping the bearings greased. Is that something used by the TT folks?
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Many do, though I'm not a fan. I feel it's too easy to end up with the hub completely full and pushing grease past the seal into the brake area, plus it's a good idea to remove and inspect the bearings which hand cleaning allows you to do.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:41 AM   #7
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I am a fan and love my Ultra-Lube axles.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #8
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Anybody know what comes stock on a Dexter axle(V-Lite26WFKSS). Regular caps? Something more like Herk's Ultra Lubes?? Maybe??
Lack of magic dust has limited the production speed, to where it can't keep up with my anticipation Inquiring minds want to know.

Looks like EZ-Lubes maybe,.... from h20ski's link above. We'll see.

The factory website, says Easy Lube.
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Many do, though I'm not a fan. I feel it's too easy to end up with the hub completely full and pushing grease past the seal into the brake area, plus it's a good idea to remove and inspect the bearings which hand cleaning allows you to do.
I like to do mine every year. It's cheap maintenance and you can check your bearings and your brakes. I found a bad bearing, and a busted brake spring when I did mine a few weeks ago.
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Thanks so much. All great information
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