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Old 01-28-2016, 01:46 PM   #1
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Bearing Repack Interval

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I have a 2014 Crossroads Zinger and wondering about wheel bearing lubrication. The dealer told us there were Zerk fittings on the wheels, but I've been unable to find them and assuming this is wrong.
So my question is how often do the wheel bearings need to be repacked?

We're going into our 3rd year of camping and don't travel more than 2500 miles per season.

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Old 01-28-2016, 03:44 PM   #2
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You will find many answers and opinions on this. Some say every year. I do mine based on our travels, usually every two years. I don't like the EZ lube which if you have is probably found behind the black rubber cover on the center cap of your rims. Read up on the EZ lube system and make your own opinion. Also do a search on this forum as it has been discussed several times. New rigs should be done right away as the factory sometimes doesn't do it (either Lippert or CR)
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:00 PM   #3
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I've looked around and haven't found the grease port. Do I have to take the wheel off to see it?
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:09 PM   #4
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If this is your first time repacking on this trailer I'd pull the drums. One my '13 ST32RL I repacked the bearings at the start of the third year and found 3 of the 4 drums had grease on the magnet surface. Lippert must have "packed" the bearings through the grease zerks and pushed grease through the seals. I could never figure out why the brakes did not work very well until I saw the mess inside the drums.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:14 PM   #5
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Go to search key on top right of this page. Type in wheel bearings and hit go. Look for Dexter EZ Lube posted by MartyinSC. ( about 6 down from top) Great video on the EZ lube. You'll also see lots of comments and suggestions about lubricating your wheel bearings.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:30 PM   #6
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I'll chime in once here. I believe in EZ lube, and follow CR's recommendations about using them. They are NOT the same as Bearing Buddies. I had to pump a LOT of grease through to get new grease to come out the front. Evidently, even in the manufacturing process, they just hand-pack the bearings. The system is designed to pump new grease through a tube, then through the rear bearing, then through the cavity, and finally out the front bearing. No leakage or brake problems here.
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Go to search key on top right of this page. Type in wheel bearings and hit go. Look for Dexter EZ Lube posted by MartyinSC. ( about 6 down from top) Great video on the EZ lube. You'll also see lots of comments and suggestions about lubricating your wheel bearings.
Yours are Lipperts not Dexter axles.
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Yours are Lipperts not Dexter axles.
I mean the OP's axles.
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Hello-

I have a 2014 Crossroads Zinger and wondering about wheel bearing lubrication. The dealer told us there were Zerk fittings on the wheels, but I've been unable to find them and assuming this is wrong.
So my question is how often do the wheel bearings need to be repacked?

We're going into our 3rd year of camping and don't travel more than 2500 miles per season.

Thanks,
Sammy
The Dexter axle manual states 12 months or 10,000 miles. I did mine 1 year with 5,000 on them.
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Since I have had my unit I have looked at the bearings every year. The dealer told me every two to three years but it is a peace of mind issue with me.
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