Originally Posted by Darral T.
PLUS, we (most of us) will keep a vigilant check on our hubs as we travel watching for warning signs- HEAT...and mine is non-prevalant in nearly 10K miles and nearly 6 yrs. Sorry you had bearing failures on new trailers....sometimes it happens.
As you say Darrel each to his own.
As I said originally a good deal as to what is or is not needed in regards to routine checks, comes down to how many miles you tow. It does not take me 6 years to log 10,000 miles on the trailer, thats a number I can and do exceed most years.
I think you will find that most RV shops will suggest that its a good idea to pull the bearings and check them once a year or every 10,000 miles which ever comes first.
My bearing failures (or near failures) BTW where not on a new trailer and I assure you the bearing issues have nothing to do with the trailer. The trailer has had in the time I have owned it at least one set of bearings that logged well over 35,000 miles without a problem and current bearings on the trailer have about 20,000 miles (maybe a bit more) on them and also have no issues. I know that as they were pulled a month or so ago and checked
In between those two sets of bearings is when I had a problem with what I would call premature wear on two sets of bearings that were pulled after I noted a heat issue with them. One set was on its first trip out and only about 200 miles on them when the issue was first noted. Pulling them to look at them confirmed they did indeed have issues that could have lead to an on the road failure sooner rather than later.
The simple fact is some bearings are not as well manufactured as we might like to think or errors can and do happen during the manufacturing process - yup even those made by some of the better known manufactures.
I BTW would not assume that "most of us" are as vigilant as yourself in checking their hubs for heat either
or at least that have been my personal observation while traveling with a number of different trailer owners (even some here) on some fairly long trips over the years.