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Old 03-27-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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Other things you may want to check.

First when you grease the wet bolts check close to look for the bolt to be wearing out the hole. Even keeping them greased it will happen. And yes I had grease come out both sides of the bolt. Another thing to check is the screws around the inside of the basement doors where the black metal screws to the outside wall. You have to look around the inside edge. Most of my screws were either loose or missing. I put 6000-8000 miles on my rig a year, so if you only go to say the lake and back a couple times a year they may be ok...
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Agreed. You need to keep up with maint for your RV. It's never ending

We use our fiver a lot, all year long. At least once a year I go completely through mine, inside and out. I usually do it when I repack the wheel bearings.

Check/adjust brakes. Check suspension/hitch/jacks. Grease/oil everything that should move, and tighten everything that shouldn't.

There are lots of screws and connections that can and will come loose. It always amazes me. On our first rig I got tired of fixing things after they fell off or broke. So I am more preventative now. Doesn't mean stuff still doesn't break, but far less than before
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Yup, maintenance is key, neglect is the recipe for disaster like it is with every piece of machinery.
Coming from MorRyde IS to Dexter EZ Flex wet bolt system I noticed right away that the wet bolts need to be inspected and greased thoroughly at least every 500 miles. They are definitely not "set and forget".
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Yup, maintenance is key, neglect is the recipe for disaster like it is with every piece of machinery.
Coming from MorRyde IS to Dexter EZ Flex wet bolt system I noticed right away that the wet bolts need to be inspected and greased thoroughly at least every 500 miles. They are definitely not "set and forget".
Zowie! Every 500 miles? We would be doing it every other day. That's in the category of 'too much maintenance required' for me. I would find another option .
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Zowie! Every 500 miles? We would be doing it every other day. That's in the category of 'too much maintenance required' for me. I would find another option .
I'm serious. I like the ride quality better than the MorRyde IS but the bushings are definitely very high maintenance and I can see them failing in a very short time if neglected.
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My 2017 Hathaway has Dexter E-Z Flex suspension with wet bolts. Here is what Dexter says about greasing wet bolts.
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My 2017 Hathaway has Dexter E-Z Flex suspension with wet bolts. Here is what Dexter says about greasing wet bolts.
I probably waited 1000 miles until I greased the running gear the first time after it had been done at the dealership (yes, they did it without asking), by that time the greas had already started to turn semi solid and I had a hard time pushing fresh grease in, I know what PITA it can be from my life as a farmer.
I realize that road dust and rain are a huge factor. Now it's every 500 - 600 miles with my battery powered grease gun and I know the bushings are always in fresh grease and not grinding sand.
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Weird things are happening, got a reply via email but nothing shows up on the forum website.

"Just checking, are you referring to the wet bolt that mounts the ezflex equalizer? I see in the manual it is 3K mi for re-grease.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/default-source/dexteraxle/product-documentation/instruction-sheets/059-867-00_ez_flex_complete.pdf?sfvrsn=16



Thanks for the tip, i just hit 3k on my new rig. Need to grease it this week."


Yes, I'm referring to the 'wet bolts' on the EZ Flex and the leaf hangers. I basically replace the old grease with fresh grease.
IMO, 3000 miles intervals are a stretch at best.


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Agreed. You need to keep up with maint for your RV. It's never ending

We use our fiver a lot, all year long. At least once a year I go completely through mine, inside and out. I usually do it when I repack the wheel bearings.

Check/adjust brakes. Check suspension/hitch/jacks. Grease/oil everything that should move, and tighten everything that shouldn't.

There are lots of screws and connections that can and will come loose. It always amazes me. On our first rig I got tired of fixing things after they fell off or broke. So I am more preventative now. Doesn't mean stuff still doesn't break, but far less than before
Couldn't agree more. Always a believer in preventive maintenance and we are leaving shortly for a trip that will be something in the range of 24000Km (15000 miles) and I much prefer a few days of going over everything including chassis, brakes , wiring, batteries etc, rather than being on the side of the road somewhere.
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Timely thread---- We have about 4000 miles on our 2018 wildcat. I have the suspension removed on one side, I ordered the never fail kit and new springs. I am going from 4 leaf 2600# to a 6 leaf 3000# spring.
I was surprised to find the plastic bushings were in good condition. The copper bushings in the Equalizer (EZ Flex) were worn pretty bad and needed replacement?
I visited the local Fastenal Store and picked up some self locking nuts for the shackles and the EZ Flex. I am waiting for the order to arrive from etrailer.
I greased the bearings last week and everything looked good.
Can you suggest anything else.
We have a trip planned to CA in April then back to SD to reload and we will head for AK.
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One thing I did was any screw I could get at the back of I got nuts and bolts and some paint that kinda matched the tan and replace all screws with them....They really seem to hold better....nothing loose so far..
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The world of 5th wheel suspension could be GREATLY improved.

Going to take a guess on this and I may be wrong, but, thru my engineer eyes:

What I believe they do is take the weight factor and provide suspension based upon that.

Weight of unit: 10,000

carry capacity: 1000

= 11,000 design factor STATIC load

However in real life for pullers (5th/towed) weight is never evenly distributed. Some tanks are empty, some have content, unit is loaded for a 3 week 4500 mi trip with kids and grandkids, unit does not sit level, again a weight transfer issue and or puts more weight on front wheel set vs rear or vice versa.

Suddenly the 11,000 static load becomes 10-20% more due to kinetics of movement. Were I designing, I was add 25% overload factor above max static totals.

There are millions of personal 250/350 trucks on the road in the US that are driven tens of thousands of miles and rarely suffer a failure...ONE REASON and one reason only, GM, Ford, Dodge build in an overload factor, over and above.

There is no excuse for suspension failures at less than 25,000 mi, in fact it should be 50,000 mi, its NOT like we don't have the technology and don't even bring up cost, the cost to do it properly is at best negligible. We are dealing with <20,000 lbs design factor.
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