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Old 02-15-2021, 04:04 PM   #1
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Cost of bearing replacement

I think my casita may need a new wheel bearing. Of course Iím vacationing. What should I expect to pay for a bearing replacement?

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Old 02-15-2021, 07:15 PM   #2
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Here's a complete kit with everything you'll need, (except the axle grease.) About $25 bucks for both wheels.

https://www.amazon.com/WPS-Trailer-B...99953398&psc=1

These replacement bearing kits are also available all over for the ubiquitous Dexter #10 3,500 Lb. capacity Torflex Axles. Very common replacement items, and you can pick them up at just about any auto parts store. I've even seen them in Walmarts.
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Old 02-15-2021, 07:32 PM   #3
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Greg makes the point that DIY is the cheapest and often better way to go. It is still possible to do, but not so easy away from home. If its just a bad bearing then maybe $150 (give or take $120). Of course you are in a vulnerable situation, in need away from home. And if you are in a remote area also they can ask any price. And if the bearing has cut into the spindle or there is damage to the brakes, etc, then even an honest shop would charge more than that. Best bet (IMHO) is to do whatever research you can to find a honest shop in your current area and pay what they ask unless it sounds really out of line.
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Definitely look for a utility trailer shop. Last year the local trailer shop quoted me $150 to repack the bearings on both sides of a single axle. I don't think this shop would have charged any more labor to replace the bearings and they stock these bearings. I was just checking the price. I would definitely repack bearings myself and also replace bearings, races and seals myself. Don't need a press to do this.
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If you think the bearing is bad don't tow very far. On Dexter torflex axles, the spindles that the bearings ride on are not replaceable if damaged. The axle has to be replaced.

Why do you think the bearing is bad? Could it be a brake shoe dragging?
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Greg makes the point that DIY is the cheapest and often better way to go. It is still possible to do, but not so easy away from home. If its just a bad bearing then maybe $150 (give or take $120). Of course you are in a vulnerable situation, in need away from home. And if you are in a remote area also they can ask any price. And if the bearing has cut into the spindle or there is damage to the brakes, etc, then even an honest shop would charge more than that. Best bet (IMHO) is to do whatever research you can to find a honest shop in your current area and pay what they ask unless it sounds really out of line.
👍 Totally agree with Gordonís assessment!
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:36 AM   #7
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A quick and easy job. I doubt if there are any needed tools that you don't already carry with you. You may however need something to push the old bearing out. I use a large socket that is the same size as the race needed to remove the old race and set the new. This may be the only tool you need to purchase.
After you have done it once it can even be done on the side of a road in less than 50 minutes.
I used to have a popup tent trailer with 8 inch tires. I documented my miles and every 7K miles I would change the bearings. I owned that trailer for 31 years and towed it almost 200K miles, so I changed the bearings frequently and many times. At 70 mph those little wheels were really spinning. I would not leave home on a vacation without having 2 extra sets of bearings (already prepacked with grease at home). Prepacking your spare bearings will save you about 20 minutes when you make your pit stop. I still carry a spare set of bearings I have prepacked with grease for my Snoozy.
I wouldn't pay $150.00 for a job not much more difficult than changing spark plugs on your tug.
Be prepared as a wheel seized to your spindle is a huge problem you will not be able to do on the side of the road and will result in you reaching deep into your pockets.
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:33 AM   #8
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Job done for $130 with timkin bearings. Well pleased. Great job. Good price. Caveman Customs. Melbourne, Fl.

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Thank you for update and thanks for noting the repair facility.
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