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Old 04-30-2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Frequency of trailer bearing/brake service?

We got our used 2007 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe from a very concientious owner last fall. He said he had the bearings and brakes serviced last spring before he put about 2,000 miles on them running out to the mountains and back. We have added maybe 500 miles since then.

On the local runs to campgrounds we have made, the brakes seem to work fine. The hubs don't get warm. I have seen a little red grease splatter in the rim on the passenger side. The rubber seal over the hub was loose. Maybe overfilled?

We are going to put 3,000 plus miles on it this summer. Should I be getting these checked?

And... is Camping World typically decent for general service? I don't trust this to my own abilities yet.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:43 AM   #2
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I don't doubt the honesty of the prior owner, but I would have them repacked before your trip. That way, you have a starting point for your maintenance records and know the condition of brakes and bearings. Then plan on repacking annually(some think annually is overkill, but I think safety). Camping World can do the work, but look close to home for a rv/trailer shop that will probably do in less expensively.

When I bought my Scamp and pulled the hubs, I found the brakes had been stripped and the bearing grease was so thick and dry, I could peel it off.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:14 AM   #3
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I do mine every year regardless of how many miles I have put on it. I had one set of new (read cheap bearings) that after only a few thousand miles on them started running warm on one side and when taken off showed serious signs of wear.... I would rather as Dennis says be safe than sorry.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:14 AM   #4
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I repack mine before the first use every year. I consider it cheap insurance compared to bearings welded to a hub on the side of the road.

I also check the temperature of the hubs by hand every time I fill gas.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:33 AM   #5
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Tim I agree with the others to get it checked out and repacked. But you don't have to take it to an RV center. If you have an auto repair location that you take your vehicles to and are happy with their work use them.
Checking/repacking bearings and electric brakes, like they say, isn't rocket science. I live in a very small town and stayed around to watch when I took mine in to see for myself the condition of everything they took apart so I knew what I had when I bought the SD17. My bearings were changed out because they showed a little ware. Now I have a starting point for the future maintanence. I may do it myself next year but then again, getting out the credit card doesn't get any grease under my fingernails
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:04 AM   #6
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Jared, I thought I was the only one that checked the hubs at stops.
Just one kind of funny story on that. I was bringing a new to me Casita SD home and after about 50 miles thought it was time to check the hubs for heat. I pulled to the side of the two lane highway and stopped.....and right across the road from a hiding sheriff that I didn't see, watching for speeders on a long downhill grade. Well, being my trailer tags where iffy, I thought, make like you are expirienced. I am, 45 years with trailers but still.... who wants to be stopped. I checked the chains, plug and both hubs and as I came back around to get back in the truck I gave him the thumbs up, he did the same back and never moved. BTW, the tags were good.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:59 AM   #7
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Jared & Dave, you are not alone. I service my trailer hubs every spring, and still check the hubs every time I stop, as soon as I stop. Been doing that a long time and never had a problem. Don't want one either! I travel I-87 every day and it is NOT rare to see trailers on the side of the road, and I'm positive usually it's frozen bearings. I've had it happen to boating buddies of mine too. I also carry both a grease gun and 1# can of bearing grease with me when I travel, along with necessary tools and a floor jack in-a-box.

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Checking the hubs for heat when stopping for gas has kept me out of trouble more than once. Its a good practise to get into.

I also recommend carrying at least one set of bearings and seals in case you need to do an emergency change out. If you have troubles its possible the town you are in does not have the correct ones to sell you and you could waste a day or two of vacation time waiting for them to be delivered to where you are, as my GF discovered last summer.
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I do mine every year regardless of how many miles I have put on it. I had one set of new (read cheap bearings) that after only a few thousand miles on them started running warm on one side and when taken off showed serious signs of wear.... I would rather as Dennis says be safe than sorry.
I do my trailer every year in the early Spring.
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Only one 600mi trip to the Catskills last fall after repack. Couple bucks extra over the Sino-Russky stuff and worth it for the peace of mind whether they're better or not.

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Tim- I have driven 2,200 miles in 4 days and checked the wheel hub temps about six times a day. I did that on my previous trip and noted that the hub on the driver side was running at 140 degs hotter than I though was good. Had my truck guy check it and found that the nut was to tight and there was one bearing ball that was seized on the ring. Changed the bearing, repacked both sides and have not had a reading over 94 degs. in a bit over 2,200 miles in 4 days. I also have the bearings repacked yearly,as I feel good maintenance will make for trouble free trips. So far that theory works.
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It is a good idea to stock up on seals. That makes it easier to repack later.
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Hey Dave, I used drive by Borego all the time. My brother lived in Pauma Valley. I used to ride my motorcycle in the desert on the cool days and in the mountains on the hot ones.
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Hi Conrad, your home state is a LONG way from here but if your down this way give me a heads up, I've got plenty of room for RV's and a eyeball to eyeball with another FGRV member. Starting to get a bit warm now, it was 103 today. Not looking forward to the 125's but that comes with the desert. I've ahhh, rearanged a bit of this desert over the years with ATV's and my buggy.
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