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Old 12-13-2006, 04:32 PM   #15
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Jack mentioned replacing the axle. WOW, very spendy.
I only mentioned axle replacement because all UHauls (including mine) are getting to the age where the original axles are approaching the end of their service life, and replacement may soon be necessary. Assuming you may have to spend the $$$ within the next year or so anyway, doing it now isn't that big a deal.
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:36 PM   #16
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Good point Jack.

As I mentioned, “If there is nothing wrong with the axle...”
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:26 PM   #17
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I only mentioned axle replacement because all UHauls (including mine) are getting to the age where the original axles are approaching the end of their service life, and replacement may soon be necessary. Assuming you may have to spend the $$$ within the next year or so anyway, doing it now isn't that big a deal.
The trailer I'm buying has barely been used for the past ten years. It has less than a thousand miles on it in the last decade. So, I'm not anticipating too much wear on it. If anything, I'll replace the NEV-R-LUBE wheel-bearing cartridges before the summer and I'll be good to go.
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I don't know much about UHaul trailers, but I believe Nev-R-Lube is a fairly recent thing in RV axles, so it seems to me that your axle may be a replacement, rather than an original (Unless UHaul wanted a low-maintenance system and had it designed into their proprietary axles).
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:58 AM   #19
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UHauls were built with sealed bearings - don't know the maker.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:41 PM   #20
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UHauls were built with sealed bearings - don't know the maker.
Yes, they were... and that's the NEV-R-LUBE sealed-bearing cartridges I referenced.

I think Pete is thinking of the newer E-Z-LUBE axles, which are different in that they have grease-fittings that allow you to grease the bearings without removing the wheel.

But don't quote me on this.
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I think NevRLube is a proprietary name for the oil cartridge bearings that Dexter recently optioned in it's #10 and up axles, I believe using a six-lug hub and 16" wheels as a minimum. Generic cartridge bearings have been around for a while in automotive use (For example, I believe my '93 Saturn had them). It makes sense to me that a rental company would want an axle system with the least amount of maintenance required and cartridge bearings certainly fill that bill!

Nev-R-Lube bearings

EZLube is Dexter's name for the lube system where a zerk fitting in the center of the hollow axle spindle is used to pump fresh grease thru the spindle to emerge between the seal and the inner bearings where it makes its way thru both sets of bearings back out to emerge near the zerk outside the spindle -- Other manfs have roughly the same system by different names -- Sometimes very erroneously confused with Bearing Buddies.

E-Z-Lube

Here's an animation of Al-Ko's version of EZLube called A G Lubrication.
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