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Old 03-24-2014, 11:17 PM   #15
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I just replaced the bearings on a 1975 ECO 13ft the axle is 1250# with 1" spindles. I Have both size dust caps to make sure I had the right one. The ECO is a 4 lug hub.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:26 PM   #16
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Maybe I have my wording wrong.....

My racs are 1.98... darn thing nearly welded itself to my axle in NY. I lost the cover to it.... it measures 2.02 in diameter. I tried a Buddy thing at 1.98, and it fell off customer it was too small

I'm tearing it all apart and regreasing everything before my return trip home.

If I can't find a cover, any ideas?

Heather
When I had a dust cover that just didn't want to stay on because it was always loose, I took pliers and slightly bent the outer edge outward, then used a rubber hammer to pound it back on...... no problems since.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:16 AM   #17
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Still the the cover of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" gives good advice..."DON'T PANIC"

When I retrieve a trailer, I carry a retrieval kit for nearly any exigency.
However, the picture below is from a trailer which I had just towed 600miles on clean roads. Not only was the dust cap missing on both sides, but there was no inner seal on either side. These had obviously been missing for years during which the trailer was towed on Kentucky back roads.

The spindles were unharmed and the bearings were serviceable.
Of course I replaced the bearings and the dust covers and inner seals, but I decided to do so at home in the shop rather than on the road without any resultant incident....
Floyd..... have you been spying on my Scamp! That is exactly my hub!

Well Advance Auto has gone the distance and found a 2in cover. We are going to givethat a try and then I'm doing the pipe covers!

Today I'm replacing the rac that has gotten dust exposed to it and repacking the other.

When I had the problem in NY... I noticed that getting the tire off is like wrestling Hulk Hogan! The tire opening doesn't seem to be too small. Anyone else notice this? I hate to cut some of the shell away...

Time to get greasy!
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:34 AM   #18
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I have a china made utility trailer. Lost one dust cap a couple years ago. No one could find a proper sized dust cap(even measuring the one left). So-rubber drain pipe fitting, pvc pipe cap, and two hose clamps-has worked for 2 years so far. I do have to be careful when repacking the bearings as I can't get the inner seal either.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:04 AM   #19
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Here's a tip - if you can run a fingernail around a cup (or race, whatever) and feel any nicks, time to replace the cup (or race, whatever). I guess I'm just funny when it comes to wheel bearings and seals on trailers. I check them at least once a year, carry grease and tools with me, check the hubs for signs of heat every time I stop, and am just paranoid about it. I travel the thruway here everyday and see trailers pulled over all the time. I bet they're not camping!

NAPA has about every size dust cover ever made, plus complete bearing/seal kits for every axle you can imagine, and some ya can't!

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Old 03-25-2014, 12:52 PM   #20
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Floyd..... have you been spying on my Scamp! That is exactly my hub!

Well Advance Auto has gone the distance and found a 2in cover. We are going to givethat a try and then I'm doing the pipe covers!

Today I'm replacing the rac that has gotten dust exposed to it and repacking the other.

When I had the problem in NY... I noticed that getting the tire off is like wrestling Hulk Hogan! The tire opening doesn't seem to be too small. Anyone else notice this? I hate to cut some of the shell away...

Time to get greasy!
Trimming the wheel well is really easy and an effective way to dress-up the appearance of some tired eggs.
I have seen them cut square like a '49 Mercury... the look is great and allows better access to the tire.
Most really old trailers came with 155s and later got 175s or 180s which makes changing the tire more difficult.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:03 PM   #21
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When I had the problem in NY... I noticed that getting the tire off is like wrestling Hulk Hogan! The tire opening doesn't seem to be too small. Anyone else notice this? I hate to cut some of the shell away...

Time to get greasy!
What size is the tire itself? There can be quite a difference in height/width in tires that fit a particular wheel size. Especially on older trailers, folks may have replaced OEM sizes with "anything that fits the rim", perhaps inadvertently putting a taller/wider (or both) tire on.

Trailer tires are typically narrower than those on, say, passenger cars. Though not a difference striking to the eye, extra width can indeed make it hard to get a tire out of the well.
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