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Old 11-03-2015, 05:55 AM   #1
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previous owner of Scamps and UHaul 13 ft campers. I luv em all. I recently purchased a 13 ft Burro in NY. I plan on hauling her to Florida. Are the wheel bearings the same. Any other ideas of what prep I should do before travel other than tires grease bearings she has sat for two or more years thank you for your support..
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:11 AM   #2
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previous owner of Scamps and UHaul 13 ft campers. I luv em all. I recently purchased a 13 ft Burro in NY. I plan on hauling her to Florida. Are the wheel bearings the same. Any other ideas of what prep I should do before travel other than tires grease bearings she has sat for two or more years thank you for your support..
I'd check the coupler, especially if it's adjustable and the brakes if it has them. Enjoy you new trailer (Uhaul? or Burro?) Raz
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:25 AM   #3
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Uhaul has sealed bearings that can't be greased, Burro has conventional bearings that can be serviced. If I was going from NY to Florida I would want to at least check them before making that trip.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #4
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Actually I am going from NY to Florida, and I replaced the bearings and brakes a couple weeks ago on our Casita
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:36 AM   #5
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I add bearing buddies to my Cloud, can keep new grease in between the manual maint.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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I replaced the wheel bearings on my recent purchase of a 78 Burro. When I took off the cup and looked inside the hub I saw a lot of nice fresh red grease. The outside wheel bearing looked good as did the race but I thought I had better take the hub apart and look at the inside wheel bearing and race too. After I removed the seal and took it all apart I found both inside bearings to have quite a bit of play in them and the grease was light brown and seemed thin.

I took the part #'s off of the bearings and found that they are real common for my 3500 lb axle and fairly cheap too. I got a good deal on some Chinese bearings (actually looked of fair quality!). The kit came with the whole setup. I didn't have to use the races that came with them. I think both kits were about 25 dollar to the door off of ebay. (check sellers feedback rating!)

I had read another post here at FRV and someone said they pull the seals every few years or so and clean and repack everything. That way the only thing that you have to buy if everything seems to be ok is two new seals. I found that to be good advice and I may do that after a couple of thousand miles just to see how these Chinese bearings are holding up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:52 AM   #7
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I replaced the wheel bearings on my recent purchase of a 78 Burro. When I took off the cup and looked inside the hub I saw a lot of nice fresh red grease. The outside wheel bearing looked good as did the race but I thought I had better take the hub apart and look at the inside wheel bearing and race too. After I removed the seal and took it all apart I found both inside bearings to have quite a bit of play in them and the grease was light brown and seemed thin.

I took the part #'s off of the bearings and found that they are real common for my 3500 lb axle and fairly cheap too. I got a good deal on some Chinese bearings (actually looked of fair quality!). The kit came with the whole setup. I didn't have to use the races that came with them. I think both kits were about 25 dollar to the door off of ebay. (check sellers feedback rating!)

I had read another post here at FRV and someone said they pull the seals every few years or so and clean and repack everything. That way the only thing that you have to buy if everything seems to be ok is two new seals. I found that to be good advice and I may do that after a couple of thousand miles just to see how these Chinese bearings are holding up.
I see no problem with inspecting and reusing good seals. I have done so for 50years.
It is best however to replace races with new bearings... generally,if the bearing is worn to the point of replacement, then so is the race.
Its all a judgement call
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Old 11-03-2015, 02:29 PM   #8
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I agree with Floyd and I wouldn't reuse a race when replacing a bearing.
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:28 PM   #9
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I agree with Floyd and I wouldn't reuse a race when replacing a bearing.
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Neither would I. I'm waiting for a comment on Willy's bearing buddies.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:44 PM   #10
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thank you all your responses. My Burro and I greatly appreciate your help..look forward to talking with you soon.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:33 AM   #11
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I too am interested on hearing more on bearing buddy use. They were on our Bigfoot 17.5 when we purchased it a year ago. The PO thought it to be a feature, and having them on our boat trailer I felt the same way. Since, however, I've heard some dissenting opinions. Anyone care to comment or should this be a whole new thread?
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I too am interested on hearing more on bearing buddy use. They were on our Bigfoot 17.5 when we purchased it a year ago. The PO thought it to be a feature, and having them on our boat trailer I felt the same way. Since, however, I've heard some dissenting opinions. Anyone care to comment or should this be a whole new thread?
Bearing Buddies are for boat trailers to prevent water infiltration when the axle is submerged when launching a boat.
Unless you are going to submerge your camper axle on a regular basis, you have no use for bearing buddies.

Bearing Buddies are a totally different technology from EZ-Lube which is used on most modern trailer axles and would not serve as a viable substitute.

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Old 11-08-2015, 10:29 AM   #13
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I think everyone worries to much about there trailer bearings. I have had many trailers and not one bearing failed. My cars have wheel bearings that went years and many miles with no problem. Also there are a lot of trailers on the road and most people donít service the bearings at all. How many have you seen on the side of the road broke down with burned out wheel bearing ?
If you but a used trailer I would check and repack them. Then just keep an eye on them At rest stops put your hand on the hub it should be a little warm. If it is hot to the touch you will have a problem. Maybe when you buy new tires then service the bearings again. Donít worry so much.
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:42 PM   #14
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On my last big trip out west a huge 5th wheel stopped next to me in a rest area. The owner and I got talking and the gentleman told me he was doing a trial run before he would head to Florida for the winter. He had the bearings and brakes checked and adjusted, and both axles on the left were warm, but those on the right were hot to the point of turning the chrome on the hub caps blue. He seemed pretty calm about it, but planned to have the shop look at it. I would be very upset about it.

Some people here use non-contact temperature sensors to check the hubs so they don't burn their fingers. If they are too hot to touch, something might be very wrong. Either the brakes have been used excessively (downshifting on long descents is good), or adjusted too hard, or the bearings have been torqued too much during reassembly. I agree with Vic's notion that the bearings should last a long time without repacking. I try to maintain the habit of walking around during every refueling stop and touching the hubs and tires.
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