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Old 07-30-2020, 06:09 PM   #1
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Hi! We bought a 1970 Boler on Craigslist and now weíre supposed to pack the bearings and I have called a few auto mechanics and a few RV service places and theyíve told me itís too old and they wonít do it. Is this normal? Iím in Tacoma. Should I keep calling places or should we try to figure out how to DIY it?
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:57 PM   #2
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Trailers don't get "too old" for bearing repacking.

And yes, you should learn how to do it yourself. Essentially, you'll remove the wheels and hubs, remove the seals and the bearings. Thoroughly clean the bearings in solvent, inspect them for damage, and if in good shape, repack them. Clean out the old grease from in the hub and install new seals. The races don't need to be removed unless they are damaged or you are going to replace the bearings. You can pull out the seals and go to NAPA, or etrailer to get new ones. Don't try to re-use the old seals. Use a quality grease, like Lucas Red and Tacky, for instance

There is more to it than that, but those are the high points.
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:20 PM   #3
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There must be several hundred if not several thousand people in Tacoma that understand Wheel bearings better than the rookie mechanics you have contacted. Go to a car show and ask around and Iím sure youíll get either offers to help you show you or a recommendation of someone who will do your work for a reasonable price. Thatís my take.
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Any utility trailer shop will re-pack bearings, replace bearings, service the brakes (if your trailer has brakes), replace the axle, replace leaf springs, etc. Or you can do it yourself. The parts are available at any utility trailer shop, or at etrailer dot com and other online sources.
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Hi! We bought a 1970 Boler on Craigslist and now we’re supposed to pack the bearings and I have called a few auto mechanics and a few RV service places and they’ve told me it’s too old and they won’t do it. Is this normal? I’m in Tacoma. Should I keep calling places or should we try to figure out how to DIY it?
There is a tutorial on E-trailer. Also find any old guy with handy skills to learn the nuances from as he supervises.
It certainly is NOT normal.
Try a boat place. Your bearings the same as a boat trailer. maybe they can do it for you.


If your trailer is before the 1990s be sure and check the spindle size.
1970s and some 1980s have a straight 1" spindle... newer than that would have 1-1/16" spindles .
Clean your bearings and check the part #s.
New bearings with seal will be in blister packs at your local boat shop if you need them, which is not likely.
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Old 07-31-2020, 02:47 PM   #6
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Question - so what impact does extended sitting have on the bearings ? Should we worry?

Thanks - John - Colorado Springs
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Old 07-31-2020, 06:11 PM   #7
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I never worry about stuff like this, just do the maintenance. Life is too short to waste energy worrying. Bearing repacking is an annual maintenance task. Many don't do it annually, but that is the standard recommendation.

Its one of those pay me now, or pay me a lot more later kind of thing. Easy to do yourself, plenty of you tube videos. If neglected they could lead to an expensive failure.
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Question - so what impact does extended sitting have on the bearings ? Should we worry?

Thanks - John - Colorado Springs
When a trailer is towed often, the grease gets circulated and warmed up.
This helps prevent condensation build up in the hubs and keeps the grease stirred up.
Moisture can cause rust which can cause spalling over time.
Especially on larger trailers, extended setting in one spot can actually stress the bearings just from the weight.
The word Extended is not precise but it would mean more than a few months, depending on the conditions of storage.


Typically , for instance a utility trailer which has been left outside in the yard and exposed to the elements without being used for more than a year sometimes longer is likely to suffer some damage, which will accumulate over several storage periods.
Tires suffer from long term parking as well for some of the same reasons.


If you have good storage for your Fiberglass camper and use it a few times a year , then sitting is not generally an issue.
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After reading this thread, the moronic BS some people tell others just boggles my mind. I mean “too old?” Give me a break!
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