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Old 05-14-2012, 07:48 AM   #1
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Packing wheel bearings?

Called my local Jack Williams to see if they can pack the wheel bearings, and they responded without looking at it they don't know. I don't know enough about it- other than I see on this forum it is suggested it be done every 3 years. My Fiberstream was in storage for at least 10- and Ive only owed it a year now. Would I know if the bearings had to be packed by the way the trailer pulls? I can say Ive pulled the trailer cross country at pretty decent speeds w no problem.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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I repack every spring.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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You need to have the bearings repacked now and again every few years. The only way to tell if there is an issue is to measure the temperature of the wheel hub. Some touch it with their hand and others use a little portable non-contact thermometer.

Non-Contact Pocket Thermometer


In any case you are way past due.
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Ok- i have to admit, i don't even know what wheel bearings are. I should have mentioned i did get brand new tires and rims a few months ago- I dont know if wheel bearings are a part of this, or if they are a part on the trailer itself. ?
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Ok- i have to admit, i don't even know what wheel bearings are. I should have mentioned i did get brand new tires and rims a few months ago- I dont know if wheel bearings are a part of this, or if they are a part on the trailer itself. ?
The wheel bearings are in the center of the thing that the wheel rim bolts to. The bearings would not have been touched by replacing the tires and rims.

Any competent mechanic can repack the bearings for you - i.e. don't get ripped off at an expensive RV dealer..
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How to here repack a wheel bearing video etrailertv - YouTube
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Call around to local mechanics and get a price for doing the work.
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The non contact thermometer that Thomas mentioned is more than well worth the $12.99 price.
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Cindy conventional RV wisdom seems to be that the bearing should be inspected, repack and seals replaced once per year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Suspect the reason they indicated that they cant say if they can or can not be repacked is they need to look at the condition - they may need replacing not just repacking.
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Thanks everyone!- the trailer bearings get looked at tomorrow, I will update on the outcome.
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Called my local Jack Williams to see if they can pack the wheel bearings, and they responded without looking at it they don't know. I don't know enough about it- other than I see on this forum it is suggested it be done every 3 years. My Fiberstream was in storage for at least 10- and Ive only owed it a year now. Would I know if the bearings had to be packed by the way the trailer pulls? I can say Ive pulled the trailer cross country at pretty decent speeds w no problem.


I was also told to do it every 10,000 miles. Since you haven't done it since purchase, I would just for the sake of it. Won't hurt anything to do it now.
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Diagnosis: I need new wheel bearibgs and brakes for the trailer! Soooo...i have to take it to a RV dealer. Hopefully I can get an appoint before my camping trip this weekend!
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Diagnosis: I need new wheel bearibgs and brakes for the trailer! Soooo...i have to take it to a RV dealer. Hopefully I can get an appoint before my camping trip this weekend!
Sorry to hear that but its not really a big surprise based on the age of your trailer. Dont be surprised if they tell you that you need a whole new brake assembly and not just new brake pads.

You dont need to take it to a big RV dealer - they normally charge way to much. There are often small shops around that are not dealers but who do maintenance & cheaper than the big dealers. There is a fellow in my area who use to work for a big RV dealer that was located here - they moved from the area but he set up shop on his own doing repairs and maintenance only - its a very small but a busy place! :-)
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Does anyone know how dangeroys this is to continue to pull?! We had planned to go camping this wkend about2 hr away.
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