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Old 08-09-2015, 02:25 PM   #15
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Bill, doesn't your Casita have the EZ lube axle? Ours does. Bearing Buddies are intended mainly for boat trailers where the wheels get submerged in water. My opinion, as a retired truck mechanic, is that it is a good idea to pull the bearings, clean, inspect, repack, and inspect the brakes at whatever interval you are comfortable with. My opinion only, others may vary.
How many miles before you would suggest it necessary to check bearings?
I'm thinking a 2012 scamp has a high probability of not requiring bearing attention at this time. Just my opinion.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:58 PM   #16
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How many miles before you would suggest it necessary to check bearings?
I'm thinking a 2012 scamp has a high probability of not requiring bearing attention at this time. Just my opinion.
Dexter recommends every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

Trailer wheel bearings are not protected as well as your car bearings and they can be damaged by water just sitting in the yard, so miles are not the only issue.

For those of us who have had bearings that were fairly new fail I would suggest checking them once a year no matter how many miles on the trailer or take your chances with Murphy's Law.
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Old 08-09-2015, 03:59 PM   #17
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As mentioned, Bearing Buddies were intended for boat trailers. There is no indication whatsoever of when you "Need" more grease and just adding grease will fill up the hub and it can blow the seal as well as get grease in your brakes.


If it is a new-to-you rig, and there is no written documentation as to when the bearings were last re-packed (Sellers word DOES NOT count here) right now is the time to get them repacked. My rule of thumb is every year or 12,000 miles, but we tow about 12,000 miles a year anyway.
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Old 08-09-2015, 08:17 PM   #18
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Packing Bearings

This job does require a modicum level of skill.
I assume your 13 ft has no trailer brakes. Even so, you don't want to be pumping so much grease in the bearings that it oozes out the inner seals.
That only makes a mess, and is not good for the tires.
Disassembly, cleaning, and repacking with clean grease is best.
It will require removal of the inner seal which is likely to be damaged, so a new seal is always recommended.
Seating the bearings to proper clearance is critical.
Do you have a level floor or driveway? Do you have a good jack, and know how to use it? Tools? Can you handle the weight of a wheel and tire?
Once you have the bearings properly cleaned and greased; you can check if they are running OK by feeling the hubs after a long run on the highway. Cool to slightly warm? OK, Hot? Not good.
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Old 08-09-2015, 08:28 PM   #19
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If it is a new-to-you rig, and there is no written documentation as to when the bearings were last re-packed (Sellers word DOES NOT count here) right now is the time to get them repacked. My rule of thumb is every year or 12,000 miles, but we tow about 12,000 miles a year anyway.
This is good advice as the trailer is fairly new to Wendy and also it had been in an accident prior to her purchase. So do the bearings, check the brakes, and now you know what you have and when it was done and schedule your maintenance times off this starting point. Just how to do those bearings has been one of those heated discussions more than once so I will not get into that.
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Ez lube is a system for getting grease in made by dexter axle. Holes in the spindle allow grease to pump in through inner bearing, then outer bearing, forcing old grease out. I don't think it's a substitute for a hand pack and inspection, so that's what I was interested in learning to do. From my first post, all I've ever done is the ez lube. No you're right I don't travel a lot. In fact camping is over for me after today as it's gearing up to get back to work. Sigh


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