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Old 03-24-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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So spoke to scamp HQ today and was told good luck... so now I'm turning here!

So blew a bearing in November in NY... I"ll leave it as hell at a truck stop. At lease I had... cold beverages! I ended up keeping the bearing wet with grease for the rest of the 1000mile trip. Well now it's time to head home... and I don't want to play this game again!

SO my 1977 13footer needs a new bearing dust cover... it takes at 2.02 lip with a 2inch rise. Any leads where I might find a pair or two or three...

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PS for those in the central Florida area... found a great place in Avon Park at the old air base...
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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If you "blew a bearing", won't you need more than a dust cover?

In any event, I'd take the original to an auto parts store. Napa, etc. They'll try and match it up. On line etrailer and eastern marine both sell hub parts. There you will need a part number or measurements. Good luck, Raz
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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I found them at my local auto parts store, Here are some examples available through Harbor Freight
1.98" Wheel Bearing Protectors, 1 Pair

Although these appear to be .020" smaller, but with their return policy it would be worth giving them a try
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:30 PM   #4
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Like Raz, I have seen them at NAPA stores, and they do come in different sizes. As a last resort I've used a plastic jar or container lid or something similar, soft plastic whatever, that will slip over the end of the hub and hold it on with a worm gear hose clamp. Anything to keep dirt and water out. If you can get the other one off take it with you to an auto parts store to match it up.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #5
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If you "blew a bearing", won't you need more than a dust cover?
That's what I'm thinking, too. "Keeping the bearings wet with grease" for a thousand miles got the trailer to its destination with a hub full of dusty (therefore abrasive) grease. I'd have replaced at least the bearings after their having been subjected to such an ordeal, and acquired a new dust cap at the same time.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:10 PM   #6
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wheel bearing

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?

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I've greased the bearings on my trailer as part of the regular yearly maintenance. But if my bearings were "nearly welded to the axle" I'd want a professional opinion on the condition of the spindle, bearings, etc. Having a wheel come off is something I would just as soon avoid. Raz
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Having a wheel come off is something I would just as soon avoid. Raz
On the other hand, if one's thought ahead and mounted a rearview video camera, it makes for an exciting Youtube video.

According to the uploader, cause was the
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If I can't find a cover, any ideas?

Heather
Read my idea in post #4. anything to keep it clean. Plastic plumbing pipe cap? Piece of car radiator hose with something stuck in to plug it and hose clamps to hold it on. Most good auto parts stores will have lengths of straight radiator hose that is sold by length. I always carry a cheap set of calipers for measuring such things. Many NAPA stores, and other parts stores get overnight delivery if you can determine what dust cap you need. Sounds like the bearing spun on the axle stub causing it to seize on. I've had that happen where I had to grind the bearing off. Unless the axle shaft turned blue I wouldn't worry about it, seeing as how after the failure in NY you made it all the way to Florida.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:15 PM   #10
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Boat places have them and they also have bearing sets in blister packs
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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Tractor Supply or even better than that, Northern Tool. Take the old one with you.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:01 PM   #12
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I have had trouble replacing them on two occasions. The first time I was able to find a size that was "close enough" and with appropriate persuasion (a few carefully placed swings of a hammer) it was firmly mounted. The second time I had fewer options so I ended up using several pieces of duct tape. It lasted the 800 miles home where I promptly cleaned everything out and put in fresh bearings.
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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....
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Newer 2000-2200# axles have 1-1/16th" spindles while older ones use 1".
This can present a problem when buying bearings, seals and dust caps. Even the 7" brakes have changed to the point of incompatibility.
The two dust cap sizes are 1.98" and 1.78" respectively.
This post is written without research and intended simply to point out that you must determine what you have, which is not always obvious, before buying parts .
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