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Old 06-18-2010, 09:17 AM   #15
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Wheel Bearings --

Although I could afford to buy new, I have always bought used and often well used, because I get as much fun rebuilding stuff as I do using stuff. That includes trailers, cars and trucks but not lawn mowers.

So, on any newly acquired trailer, wheel bearings are suspect and I don't think twice. I just replace them. But I don't toss the originals unless they are obviously bad.

I clean them up and repack them with fresh grease. Then I double bag them in zip lock bags and store them in a small box in the trailer that also contains various screws and nuts, spare bulbs and the like. If I were better organized I'd also take the correct size bearing drivers, but I have only had to replace a wheel bearing once on the road.

It was at a city park in San Diego on New Years eve where we had enjoyed a nice day with the kids when they were little. About to leave in the late afternoon, I noticed one wheel of the tandem set on the right side of our old Avion was not exactly vertical as the other one was. The wheel bearings were completely wiped out, we weren't going to get even a mile that way and the park was soon to close.

Then I remembered the bagged old bearings and found them. Unfortunately, I had just cleaned them up but not greased them. We had no grease along and the auto parts had already closed, so the best I could do was buy some Vaseline at a grocery store. It worked and we got out of the park before it closed and made it home to Washington just fine with one wheel rolling on used bearings lubricated with Vaseline!

I don't know and I don't even want to think about what it might have done to my back pocket money supply had I not remembered those old bearings along in a zip lock bag, nor had I not remembered lubing my bicycle bearings with Vaseline as a paper boy when I was a kid!
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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Hey all, I am back for a minute . I found a new tip to share. When I was in Kernville, CA I happened across several free Forestry Service campgrounds. I thought this was just unheard of, but then again in Mammoth Lakes, CA I found FIVE really nice campgrounds with picnic tables, fire pits and toilets. Soooo, now I ask at the Forestry office and have found that in any National Forest there are free campgrounds to stay at. If there is no Forestry Service office to inquire at, stop at another "pay" campground and ask the camp host, I have found they know their area and where the free or cheap campgrounds are. I am sooo stoked to share this with you all, I happened upon the info by accident, but it sure is a money saver. Right now I am in MT and sure enough, I am at a free Forestry Service campground for a couple of weeks. I hope this helps you all out!

Oh, also, if you are wondering where to find dump stations, showers, water, etc., again, ask a campground host!

In Mammoth Lakes I stayed at the Glass Creek campground (VERY NICE) for free and learned that at that one you can stay for SIX weeks free! Check it out, it's a beautiful area! Happy travels all!
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:54 AM   #17
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Monica, I've been to Glass Creek a number of times and yes, it's a great place. The only place I'll stay at when going to Mammoth. I haven't been there for a couple of years but it used to be that you could take your garbage down 395 a little ways to the Rest Area and also get water there. I hope you found that to still be the case.


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Hey all, I am back for a minute . I found a new tip to share. When I was in Kernville, CA I happened across several free Forestry Service campgrounds. I thought this was just unheard of, but then again in Mammoth Lakes, CA I found FIVE really nice campgrounds with picnic tables, fire pits and toilets. Soooo, now I ask at the Forestry office and have found that in any National Forest there are free campgrounds to stay at. If there is no Forestry Service office to inquire at, stop at another "pay" campground and ask the camp host, I have found they know their area and where the free or cheap campgrounds are. I am sooo stoked to share this with you all, I happened upon the info by accident, but it sure is a money saver. Right now I am in MT and sure enough, I am at a free Forestry Service campground for a couple of weeks. I hope this helps you all out!

Oh, also, if you are wondering where to find dump stations, showers, water, etc., again, ask a campground host!

In Mammoth Lakes I stayed at the Glass Creek campground (VERY NICE) for free and learned that at that one you can stay for SIX weeks free! Check it out, it's a beautiful area! Happy travels all!
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:23 PM   #18
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The rest area was closed for renovation when I was there, but I would just take it into Mammoth and dispose of it in the trash at the Forest Service complex there. This is what the camp hosts suggested. Again, any questions you might have on the area, ask a camp host.

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Monica, I've been to Glass Creek a number of times and yes, it's a great place. The only place I'll stay at when going to Mammoth. I haven't been there for a couple of years but it used to be that you could take your garbage down 395 a little ways to the Rest Area and also get water there. I hope you found that to still be the case.
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