1974 Trillium 1330 wheel bearings - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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our restoration is moving along and I am working on the wheel bearings.

I've got the wheels off, but I can't see any way to get to the bearings themselves. Is there a 'cap' that spins off? I tried channel locks on what appears to be an end cap on the axle, but no luck.

any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-22-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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our restoration is moving along and I am working on the wheel bearings.

I've got the wheels off, but I can't see any way to get to the bearings themselves. Is there a 'cap' that spins off? I tried channel locks on what appears to be an end cap on the axle, but no luck.

any help would be appreciated.

thanks

Barry
Hi Barry . If you can't get the bearing dust cover off you may need to use a hammer and chissel. just a little tight. Then you will find the castle nut and cotter pin holding the hub on. Us a pair of channel locks to loosen the nut , it shouldn't be to tight . hope that helps.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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try this dexter link for info
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:33 PM   #4
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Hi Barry . If you can't get the bearing dust cover off you may need to use a hammer and chissel. just a little tight. Then you will find the castle nut and cotter pin holding the hub on. Us a pair of channel locks to loosen the nut , it shouldn't be to tight . hope that helps.
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thanks for responding so quickly Ian -

**is the dust cover threaded? or is it press-fit on???

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Old 02-22-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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Joe - thanks for the excellent link...

are the dust caps on the trillium threaded or pressed on?

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Old 02-22-2009, 05:36 PM   #6
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Bearing caps are usually pressed on. Removal either with prying it off or use a large blade screwdriver wedged between the ridge located toward the bottom of the cap and either with twisting motion applied pry if loose or use a hammer (gentle persuasion here) to tap in between the rim and the hub, forcing the cap loose.

P.S. How'd my explanation (sent via p.email) compare to the professional directions shown). Its sometimes not easy to try an describe a proceedure like this through electronic media, sometimes a phone call or a pesonal visit is better/faster, LOL!!!
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I've documented most of the wheel bearing removal and replacement with pictures. See my web site - scamp.n0kfb.org - click on Tech Tips then click the link to wheel bearing R&I.

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I've documented most of the wheel bearing removal and replacement with pictures. See my web site - scamp.n0kfb.org - click on Tech Tips then click the link to wheel bearing R&I.

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Bearing caps are usually pressed on. Removal either with prying it off or use a large blade screwdriver wedged between the ridge located toward the bottom of the cap and either with twisting motion applied pry if loose or use a hammer (gentle persuasion here) to tap in between the rim and the hub, forcing the cap loose.

P.S. How'd my explanation (sent via p.email) compare to the professional directions shown). Its sometimes not easy to try an describe a proceedure like this through electronic media, sometimes a phone call or a pesonal visit is better/faster, LOL!!!
Doug - thanks so much for the tutorial.

I'v one lots of bearings on my bicycles and motorbikes, so this is fairly familiar territory - once I got the cap off I have re-packed them for now and will probably look into new bearings in the fall.

thanks again.

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According to Dexter, the pre-load torque to seat the bearings is 50 ft-lbs with wheel slowly turning, before backing off and reseating with finger torque and no turning.

Be sure to grab the wheel by the top of tire and shake it side to side after a few miles to ensure nothing is loose.
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