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Old 02-18-2003, 11:34 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info Colin. :)

Charles - my member profile has a link to provincial camping in BC.
You definately want a reservation for Green Lake, which is about 5 hours from the border.


Not open for the season yet, but THE site to make reservations for our provincial parks: http://wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/p...pgs/greenlk.htm

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Old 02-19-2003, 04:05 PM   #16
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Bearing Buddies

Hi all.....Does anybody have any opinion on Bearing Buddies? Will they properly lube bearings on a permanent basis? Can you add them to a set of hubs and pack them that way without taking the bearings apart right off the get go? Has anyone ever tried this? I might try this on our Bolar. Can't wait for your opinions. Talk to you all soon. Rick & Karen
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Old 02-19-2003, 05:12 PM   #17
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Hi Rick and Karen.

If you do not have trailerbrakes and are careful not to put too much grease into the bearing you probably will be OK. You must take care not to push grease out of the rear bearing seal. Bearing Buddy is essentially a greasing device for boat trailer bearings and othe applications where hubs may become submerged. A friend of mine useses Bearing Buddy on his Trillium trailer with good success.
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Old 02-19-2003, 05:49 PM   #18
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Bearing Buddy

I've had Bearing Buddys on my utility trailer since I bought it new in 1988. I recently started to remove and replace the bearings for the first time. The bearings and cups were actually in very good shape, but the inner seal was well worn which allowed grease to escape.

The Bearing Buddys worked great, but grease will eventually seap out. It did not blow the seal out. It's a trade-off, I guess. I can live with the seaping knowing that the bearings are well greased. I did/will re-install the Buddys.

Bearing Buddy also makes a rather unique seal system with a stainless steel seal sleeve, but unfortunately, they don't make one for my axle.

Here's the inside of the wheel after 15 years of occasional use.

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Old 02-19-2003, 06:12 PM   #19
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Jim :

I think the trouble starts when the grease can get in brake drums.
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Old 02-19-2003, 06:15 PM   #20
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Agreed. I would not install them on my Casita or any trailer with brakes.
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:02 AM   #21
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Hi Colin

I have two ideas for you , whenever I tow a trailer whether for fun or profit whenever I get out of the truck I go to the trailer and put my hand on the wheel hub, if it is cool the grease is doing its job...
Option #2 what about putting on a set of bearing buddies.

Also if the grease you are presently using is that really sticky s#%t
then my bet is that you are ok.

Man I have spent a lot of really nice times right where that pictuire was taken winter and summer just past Polar beach pure heaven.
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:59 AM   #22
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Many thanks to all who have given advice. I have decided to repack the bearings during the first few weeks of the new trailering season. I will take my time and do them one at a time and get them all completed before the first long trip. You my rest assured I will check the grease more carefully this time round. !!
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Old 02-23-2003, 05:18 PM   #23
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If you must use BB's, be sure to get Dexter's 10-60 seal that they make for their EZLube axle (which unlike the BBs actually forces the new grease thru the inner bearing before it comes back out to the front; the EZLube grease is NOT under spring pressure after greasing, whereas the BB grease IS constantly under pressure making it more likely to leak in the first place). Read the stuf on www.dexteraxles.com on how EZL works; problem is it only comes with new axles...

The 10-60 seal has a DOUBLE lip on it, plus the internal spring to keep it tight. Unfortunately, NAPA's catalog replacement for the 10-60 is NOT a double-lip seal and so far the 10-60 doesn't seem to be in the wholesale catalogs in the Dexter section at the RV places.

I got my spare 10-60s from Scamp. Even if you don't have a Scamp, I would advise calling Scamp's 1-800 number and asking them to mail a couple of their repair parts catalog (free) to you, as much of the parts are common across all the Eggs.

Pete and unlubed RatLadies
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