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Old 03-16-2017, 06:23 PM   #15
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I would just buy a new set of bearings rather than repack. Why worry?
I don't understand this comment. New bearings also have to be packed, so why replace them if they are in good condition? My trailer is 2008 and still runs on original bearings.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:35 PM   #16
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I don't understand this comment. New bearings also have to be packed, so why replace them if they are in good condition? My trailer is 2008 and still runs on original bearings.
If I were buying a used trailer and going to spend the money to have someone repack old bearings, I would install known good new bearings rather than rely on a subjective judgement. It's just what this retired mechanical engineer prefers to do.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:40 PM   #17
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I don't understand this comment. New bearings also have to be packed, so why replace them if they are in good condition? My trailer is 2008 and still runs on original bearings.
Because it saves you the very nasty job of cleaning out the old grease. And the need to make sure that any solvent used is 100% gone before packing.

But then there is the issue of bearing / race seating. Which is to say (as I understand it), that if you replace the bearings, you also need to replace the races.

Pros and cons to either approach as I see it.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:20 PM   #18
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Should I tell them how to jack it up? One time I bought trailer tires and afterwards the guy said "I had a hard time finding the sweet spot on your axle" eeeekkkk
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:27 PM   #19
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:49 PM   #20
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Should I tell them how to jack it up?
Probably a good precaution.
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Because it saves you the very nasty job of cleaning out the old grease. And the need to make sure that any solvent used is 100% gone before packing.
That's why I go to my mechanic who has a solvent tank and compressed air at hand to blow off the solvent. He's able to repack the bearings without the mess I had to deal with in my carport.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:37 AM   #22
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That's why I go to my mechanic who has a solvent tank and compressed air at hand to blow off the solvent. He's able to repack the bearings without the mess I had to deal with in my carport.
Hi: Glenn Baglo... My RV Tech has his own shop. He charges $39. per axle and $12. for new inner& outer seals. This includes a brake clean and adjust too. Last repack was $98. including tax. Prices are in Canadian dolla's!!!
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:44 AM   #23
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Yes to new bearings, and I always keep an extra set as a spare "just in case". A new kit for both wheels would be less than $20.

And when you buy tires, be sure you get the "ST" designation for trailers, not the "P" designation which is for passenger cars.

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Old 03-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #24
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trailer bearings...

When I wanted mine repacked by a professional I just brought the hubs for inspection and repacking and rear seal replacement.

This was a place that sold and serviced horse trailers. since he didn't have to deal with the camper or jacks, etc, he only charged $20 for the job.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:57 PM   #25
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Horse and boat trailer places can have much better prices than RV places. If there is a U-Haul in your area they can be another option.

If you are lucky enough to have a shop around that builds and repairs trailers that is a bonus.

Nice trailer the side dinette is a sweet layout. Just in time for spring!

There is a lot to recommend taking short shakedown trips or even driveway camping to get a feel for everything and make sure it all works as expected. Adjust the load for best ride etc. Better to find out you need to fix or replace a whatchamacallit or repack to shift weight for smooth towing on a short weekend trip close to home than on a 2 week cross country odyssey.
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:48 PM   #26
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Here I am agreeing with Glenn again. I've always repacked my own bearing but last time I picked up an attachment that allows me to attach my grease gun to the wheel hub and just pump in more grease. Any mechanic can do this and usually for a lot less. Most RV shops assume that anyone who can afford an RV can afford their inflated prices and they charge accordingly.
When I replace original tires I always go for a higher weight capacity. The initial cost is only a little higher but over the long term it's actually cheaper as they last much longer and perform better as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:43 AM   #27
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I stressed over repacking the bearings myself but found that it was about as easy as changing a tire. The hardest part was finding the right seals but Scamp helped me out with that. I had about 25 bucks in the repack including the seals.
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If I were buying a used trailer and going to spend the money to have someone repack old bearings, I would install known good new bearings rather than rely on a subjective judgement. It's just what this retired mechanical engineer prefers to do.
Replace them only if they fail inspection. If your mechanic can't inspect them, get a new mechanic. There is added labor to change the races if new bearings are needed.
The good news is that the new bearings are cheap. The bad news is that the new bearings are cheap!
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