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Old 04-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #29
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Another thing that can be used is money to pay somebody else to do it. That's what I use. Are some of you still using grease made from a newbie? Do you have to rend the newbie?
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:17 PM   #30
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Actually, many newbies just melt under pressure, so newbie-grease is easy to come by
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:12 PM   #31
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Smile May I suggest one little change

Larry,
Excellent step by step. However I would suggest one little change.

Step 27 reads:

"27. Reinstall the cotter pin and spread the prongs or press the nut retaining clip on over the nut. Spin the drum to make sure you have the correct axle nut tightness."

I would change it to read:

27. Spin the drum to make sure you have the correct axle nut tightness. Reinstall the cotter pin and spread the prongs or press the nut retaining clip on over the nut.

It is bad to bend the cotter pin or retaining washer multiple times. You want to make sure you have the correct setting before doing any bending. You can insert the cotter pin without bending until after the spin test. I am not sure if I know what a 'nut retaining clip' is. I was thinking of a washer with tangs that can be bent into a flat of the nut to prevent turning.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #32
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Thanks for the feedback. I will edit the post to reflect your suggestion. I didn't know what to call the device that is on my 2010 Casita. It is like a cage that snaps over the nut to keep it from turning. I am familiar with the cotter pin and the tab washer. I do appreciate with help educating people that want to do these types of things themselves but don't know how. I worry that people will read in these forums that their bearing need to be repacked every year and that it can cost up to $100 dollars and decide to do it themselves and inadvertently make their bearings fail by doing it wrong. IMHO this procedure is on the high end of what should be done by people that are not comfortable working on their own vehicles.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:27 PM   #33
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I will do bearing repacks plus seals for $50.00 per axle. Molded Fiberglass Trailers only must bring to me.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #34
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Are bearings and seals standard? Do you just go to any auto parts store to get new items if needed? If races are damaged what then?

Later kenny
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:36 AM   #35
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Are bearings and seals standard?
Answer is mostly, but not always.
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Do you just go to any auto parts store to get new items if needed?
It is a good place to start. Or go to a trailer parts store or RV parts store. Also on eBay, Amazon, various internet suppliers including eTrailer
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If races are damaged what then?

Later kenny
Races can be replaced separately. You need to carefully knock or press the old ones out.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:14 PM   #36
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I have found that wheel bearings are the least troublesome of trailer problems.
I pack the bearings on my sail boat trailer yearly as they're underwater at times.
The last time I packed the bearings on my ATV trailer was 5 years ago.
I did the bearings on my new to me 86 Lil Bigfoot when I bought it last fall.
It will probably be 3 or 4 years before I need to pack them again.
I'm 71 years old and have been towing things for 50 years and have never lost a wheel bearing.
I bring this up because I think some people new to trailering may be a little to concerned about bearings and it will spoil their enjoyment.
If the bearing cup is cool or only slightly warm you have nothing to be concerned about.
If you are not mechanically inclined DON"T do it yourself.
If it's not done correctly you will have a major expense on your hands.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #37
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If you ever decide to do it yourself remember that a little loose is better than a little tight.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:36 PM   #38
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Are bearings and seals standard? Do you just go to any auto parts store to get new items if needed? If races are damaged what then?

Later kenny
I just bought seals from etrailer. As our trailer has a Dexter axle, I went to the Dexter manual (available at the Dexter web site) and found the Dexter number for the seal. I was then able to find the correct seal at etrailer. Six dollars a set, delivered. The manual also lists other component numbers. If I needed bearings I would probably pay the extra and look for the Timken brand. The consensus is they are worth the extra cost. Raz
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:28 AM   #39
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Hi: All... I've never packed bearings... but I won't leave home without my Master Card!!!
Going to visit my RV Tech. tomorrow to retire my trailer. New chrome rims, brass stems, bearing repac, and brake adjust. Spring tonic for what ails.
Hittin' the B'urban trail thru Kentucky to The Smokies in Tenn. next weekend.
Camping is the best tonic of all!!!
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