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Old 07-31-2015, 10:18 PM   #15
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My Scamp is a 2010 13' Scamp with 7" wheels and they have the newer "clip" and not the cotter pin. My axle is of the EZ-Lube design.

If the Dexter axle is the EZ-LUBE they will not have the cotter pin. That is what drives the design as to whether it has the cotter pin or the newer-style "clip". EZ Lube works by shooting grease in the zert fitting in the end of the axle. It transfers the grease through the center hole to behind the inner bearin. The grease then comes back towards the front through the front bearing and out around the outer portion of the hub. Once you see the old grease turn to the newer grease you're putting in there, the bearings have been "repacked".

So, if the axles had the cotter pin, the grease would try and come out the drilled holes in the axle where the cotter pin goes through. You can visit Dexter Axle's site for more explanations and documentation including video clips.

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Bob is correct. The 7 inch drums on my trailer use the cotter pin but the 10" drums don't. Cheaper to do! Raz
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:40 AM   #16
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My first trailer has the retainer and my current one has the cotter pin. Requiring the retainer on the ez lube makes sense. Even if I had those I think I still would grease by hand. It gives a chance to check things out. Yesterday I discovered that the magnet wire on one side was rubbing against the drum and had worn through some insulation. Some electrical tape and a wire tie fixed it but I would not have known if I hadn't taken things apart. Raz
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:22 AM   #17
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Good catch Raz, a shop may not have noticed it.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:03 AM   #18
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I believe in the pull it apart, clean and inspect, and hand pack the bearings method. This allows brake inspection at the same time. I have a parts washer in my shop and cleaning fluid from Safety Clean so I'm set up to do it that way.
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:10 PM   #19
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You all seem very handy :-).I'll have someone look at it simply because I'm a worrywort. All this do it yourself will NEVER BE ME. :-) I just asked someone at the RV park to put my water filter onto my citywater connection....
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:26 PM   #20
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Jen, you will find you will get handier as you go along either that or have deep pockets, I am amazed at all the little things that trailer ongoing maintenance involves
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:45 PM   #21
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After camping for 5 yrs (I camped with the parents when I was young in a homemade rv), she's come to the conclusion and emphatically states "Owning a camper is not for the 'faint of heart'".
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:38 AM   #22
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LOL. Today I am flushing my lines via my holding tank which casita explained how to do. Wish me luck! DIY!


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