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Old 07-19-2016, 04:18 PM   #15
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Was the cotter pin still on place when you disassembled the failed bearings. I would take the time to do the other side too. since the last person in there probably did both sides. The failed bearing brand is likely to be the same on the non failed side. I too carry extra bearings and races and grease. I hope to never need them. My Scamp 13 uses a pretty small set of bearings that are not the size commonly hanging on a shelf in a chain type parts store. Napa usually has them but they are getting fewer and further apart these days.

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Old 07-19-2016, 04:38 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Casita Greg View Post
Ditto. I hope I never have to replace them in the field, but I have them, along with my toolbox and a can of grease just in case.
DITTO : We had a boat trailer bearing go out in the middle of nowhere outside of Sioux Lookout ,Ontario Canada
It was a Saturday afternoon when everything was closed for the weekend and unfortunately Monday was The Queen's Holiday
We ended up driving 250 miles back into the US on Sunday to get a set of bearings and installed them on the side of a desserted gravel road.
Never again did we go fishing in Canada without spare bearings , seals , grease ,tools ,and a boat jack.

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Old 07-23-2016, 01:49 PM   #17
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It seems that trailer bearings used by axle companies are sometimes of very low quality. You don't see the same failure rate on automobile front wheel bearings that are very similar, but have to handle steering forces. Maybe the grease cakes when the trailer sits for long periods of time? Cars usually get the front bearings packed when doing a front brake job. It seems that bearing quality is a main variable. You don't see Timken bearings disintegrate. They are very worth the price premium. Use high quality grease, and recheck the bearing clearance/preload after running the trailer 50 miles. They will last many years.
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Old 07-23-2016, 02:44 PM   #18
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Timkin bearings and races are the best, and the only ones I buy. The worst ones you can ever buy are those "blister packs" of bearings from China. They're total junk.

Timkin now also produces their bearings in China as well these days, but they seem to keep a higher degree of quality control over the stuff with their name on it than the generic junk ones.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:01 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Darral T. View Post
This is just a suggestion, but if those bearings are "seized" on the shaft, you MAY consider having a mechanic with more tools come out or have it hauled in to a shop somewhere with pullers/torch etc.

When you get time, it would be interesting to know the "history" on those bearings-- the last lube/inspection....how many miles....age, etc. You dont hear of alot of "failures" on here...just people requesting info on when/how often, bearings etc.
FWIW, I had one fail two weeks ago myself. Last lube/inspection was six months ago....

+1 Inner race is not coming off easily. Fortunately, I found a trailer repair shop close by, limped there and dropped it off.

+10 Do both sides, consider the first failure a warning.

Mine is on a 1996 17' Casita Liberty.

In the future, I will carry spares, as a failure in BFE would be quite inconvenient!

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