Some musings related to the subject of wheel bearings...
I see many of you bring bicycles along with your travels...
How many of you know that the average multispeed bicycle has nine bearing sets which must be serviced and repacked and 114 pins on the average chain, each of which has a wheel which must be cleaned and lubricated, plus deraileurs and cables, shifters and levers and brakes
And of course tires
which must be checked for pressure and condition at least every three or four days, not to mention two more bearings on each pedal.
Most people ignore their bikes until something quits working...
I spend about half of my shop time every year repairing and servicing bicycles, most of which have been abandoned to charity and require a lot of work just to be rideable.
I won't even begin to estimate the average number of serviceable or wear parts found in the average (Tow) vehicle.
Broken or badly worn and neglected motor vehicles constitute the majority of the rest of my shop time along with everything from lawnmowers to trailers, even snowblowers.
I truly love to help and I am not claiming to be overworked.
My eight bikes average 23 years of age and the average age of my three daily driven vehicles is 15 years. They are all ready to go at a moment's notice, but true trust belongs only to God.
Everything else must be verified or expected to fail.
I just wanted to point out that the next time you are preparing to leave the driveway on a trip, think about the wheel bearings on your trailer...
then step back , take a deep breath an give a moment of thought about how many other moving parts you are taking with you. Then at least check the fluids and pressures in your tow vehicle, Please.
Then if you still feel undaunted, have a nice trip!