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Old 09-25-2015, 08:00 PM   #1
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How often to get wheel bearings packed?

Hi there, we bought our 73 Hunter in June 2014 and traveled with it for 5 months. This summer we only used it a few times. The previous owner packed the wheel bearings before we bought it. How often are you supposed to repack them?

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Old 09-25-2015, 08:42 PM   #2
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Hi Julie, most folks use a once a year time frame. Tires and bearings are the biggest maintenance items to keep an eye on.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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Some will scold me for doing so infrequently, but I repack my Scamp's wheel bearings every 4 or 5 years.

I monitor the bearing temperatures several times per trip with a calibrated back of my hand placed near the dust cover.

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Old 09-25-2015, 11:54 PM   #4
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Some will scold me for doing so infrequently, but I repack my Scamp's wheel bearings every 4 or 5 years.

I monitor the bearing temperatures several times per trip with a calibrated back of my hand placed near the dust cover.

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I have used the same system, except the interval to pack the bearings has been twice as long as you.
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Old 09-26-2015, 04:24 AM   #5
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The manual Dexter provides with their axles says every 12000 miles or once a year. Raz
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Old 09-26-2015, 08:06 AM   #6
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I have my bearings repacked every Fall . I've found everyone seems to wait to Spring and then there is a big rush . We put on between 5 &10K miles per year.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:02 AM   #7
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I have always done mine about every 20,000 kms or 3 years, which ever comes sooner, and have never had the slightest sign of wear on the bearings or races on any trailer I have owned. I just clean and repack.

People do need to do whatever they feel most comfortable with though. It only takes about 30 minutes per wheel to do. Before I start, I usually have a set of seals on hand in case one gets damaged in the process.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:52 AM   #8
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Let me ask a dumb a question, how often do you repack the wheel bearings in your car?

I can tell you I have never repacked a car wheel bearing. So why can I drive 180K in a car without ever doing it but a trailer needs to be done once a year or every 12000 miles?

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Old 09-26-2015, 10:45 AM   #9
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Jeremy....excellent question...I have often wondered about that myself.

Now we wait for an expert to chime in with the answer.

Waiting........
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:52 AM   #10
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I've only repacked them once. Since then I just pump new grease in them once a year.
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Most cars with front wheel drive do not need bearing maintenance and the rear axle may have never lube bearings which are available for trailers, some Airstreams have them. SUV's and other 4 wheel drive may have a solid axle which do not have bearings. It all depends on vehicle specific. With an older unit, you may have to perform some maintenance, newer models have less.
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:05 AM   #12
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Dexter's recommendation of once a year or 12000 miles is based on the fact that lot of the axles they sell are used on boat trailers and repeatedly submerged in water so with a boat trailer, yearly is a good idea. With a travel trailer 12000 miles sounds good to me but if you only go on a few short trips a year it's probably overkill.
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Dan Mwyer, I do the same as you. The back of the hand is more sensitive than the palm side. Just get close enough without touching. If one hub is really hotter than the other, then you will be able to tell.
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Dan Mwyer, I do the same as you. The back of the hand is more sensitive than the palm side. Just get close enough without touching. If one hub is really hotter than the other, then you will be able to tell.
That works for the tires, also.

However, the sun side is warmer.
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