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Old 08-07-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Anybody in Buffalo, NY area to teach me how to repack bearings?

Hi,

My name is Wendy and I live in Buffalo/niagara area of NY. I was wondering if there are folks on this site who live near me that I could drive to for help learning how to repack my Dexter EZ Lube bearings. Trailer is a 2012; as far as I know, PO did not do at all, and all I've done is use the EZ lube to pump in new grease as old came out.

RV shop wants $218. Yikes! I honestly want to learn myself, but would not be able to do alone without a teacher the first time. Videos are great, but not a live human.

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Old 08-07-2015, 03:44 PM   #2
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Seems kind of high to me. I pay a regular auto repair shop to do mine at less than half that amount. I don't think this is something that requires specialized RV knowledge.

On the other hand, there's absolutely nothing wrong with learning to do it yourself!
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Old 08-07-2015, 03:53 PM   #3
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You might check with these people.

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Old 08-07-2015, 04:18 PM   #4
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U Tube has many wheel bearing repack videos. Any tire shop should be able to do the job also. It's not a tough job and knowing how to do it yourself is always a good thing. When you get the parts, I would get an extra set of seals to keep handy for roadside emergencies.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:43 PM   #5
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Wendy, you have the right idea, having someone show you, actually talk you through it as you do the work, is the best way to learn. Unfortunately I'm on the other end of the state. Nothing hard about doing that axle other than a different type of lock arrangement for the nut. Keep an eye on the rubber end caps, mine were old and damaged. A trailer / truck cap dealer near me had all the parts except the lock washer being available on it's own. Had to buy a bearing kit to get it.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:58 PM   #6
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Never thought to call LOE, Steve. They're right up the road from me. Now for letting me sit in or work alongside them, not sure how much sweet talkin' that might take. I could certainly try. 😀

I called yet another RV shop, $140 so $78 less, but the guy had the personality of a wet dishrag. I'll try LOE unless I can find a guy to help me out. I honestly want to learn to do myself; just another tool I'll have to work with plus I love doing mechanical stuff. I usually end up doing things a few times before I figure it out but then I'm very satisfied in the end.


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You know the story; Labor rate $40/hr, if you watch $50/ hr, if you give advice $60/hr
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You know the story; Labor rate $40/hr, if you watch $50/ hr, if you give advice $60/hr
You forgot to add "if you help $75/hr"...
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Also add... If done at an RV shop, $125/hr.
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Also to add... There are mobile mechanics out there that will come to your house and do the job. I'm sure by offering a cup of coffee or a cold drink your watching would be "allowed".


Most garages don't allow customers in the work areas anymore.
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I do *most* of the work myself, and take the dirty bearings into a local garage to get the old grease cleaned out and new grease packed. Read all about it on my web site http://scamp.n0kfb.org/ and click on 'Tech Tips'.

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There are also some great books available that show all types of RV maintenance procedures. I have a Trailer Life manual that the previous owner of my trailer bought and it has very clear photos and written instructions that should be easy for someone with some mechanical aptitude to follow.


The Trailer Life RV Repair & Maintenance Manual (Livingston) recommends repacking every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. Most of us do it more often.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:05 PM   #13
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bearing grease

I don't want to downplay the importance of maintenance.
Having said that, unless your rig has been on the road constantly since it was new, I have to doubt that the bearings are in dire need of grease. I don't know what an ez lube bearing is, but if I were a female who didn't like getting grease under her nails, (I'm a male who isn't crazy about it) I would inquire about bearing buddies. These are plastic bearing covers fitted with a grease nipple. With these in place, you can see when the grease is gone and never have to worry about whether it needs it. If you are traveling constantly,carry a small grease gun in a zip lock bag. You can fill it in minutes without worrying about whether or not the wheels need grease.
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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.
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