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Old 06-25-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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We have a 2012325CKCruiser Patriot 5th wheel. Wondering how often we need to have the wheel bearings repacked and how often do we add new grease????
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Dealer checks mine once a year. Don't believe in using the EZ Lube feature. To easy to blow a seal and contaminate the brakes.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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I hand pack mine once per year.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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I think a lot depends on how many miles you put on the rig every year. I do mine (hand Pack) every year or two, depends on how many miles.
If you haven't done yours yet, I would recommend either doing it yourself, if you feel comfortable doing it, or have your dealer do it for you. That way you will know how things are inside those drums.


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Old 06-25-2013, 12:53 PM   #5
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I pack mine every year but I think it is a little over kill. I would at least do them every two just for the peace of mind.
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I do mine once a year - mine sits outside in the winter and the brake drums usually need a little cleaning (rust).

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:43 AM   #7
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Thanks for everyones input.. Decided to have the wheel bearings done, brakes checked and tires rotated as we have put a little over 10,000 miles on our rig so far this year and we've only just begun...
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:02 AM   #8
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http://www.mobil.com/USA-English/Lub...ic_Grease.aspx
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Great grease for wheel bearings and suspension.
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I know I'm one of the few but I only repack mine when I do a brake job.Horse trailer,TT, utility trailer and motorcycle trailer and have never had a bearing failure. Maybe I'm just stupid and lucky but my truck and cars don't get repacked often not sure why a trailer should be any different. Not saying I'm right but, "Ya tend to do what you've always done."
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I know I'm one of the few but I only repack mine when I do a brake job.Horse trailer,TT, utility trailer and motorcycle trailer and have never had a bearing failure. Maybe I'm just stupid and lucky but my truck and cars don't get repacked often not sure why a trailer should be any different. Not saying I'm right but, "Ya tend to do what you've always done."
We have zerks on each wheel and a ton of them on the suspension on the Redwood. Just a few pumps in each.
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I know I'm one of the few but I only repack mine when I do a brake job.Horse trailer,TT, utility trailer and motorcycle trailer and have never had a bearing failure. Maybe I'm just stupid and lucky but my truck and cars don't get repacked often not sure why a trailer should be any different. Not saying I'm right but, "Ya tend to do what you've always done."
We have zerks on each wheel and a ton of them on the suspension on the Redwood. Just a few pumps in each.
We have zerks on each wheel on the Cruisers also, but most of us don't use them. If you get over zealous with the grease gun it will more then likely blow the seals and you will end up with contaminated brake shoes. That gets a little more costly to fix. I pull the brake drums and hand pack the wheel bearings. In fact I just did it last week.
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I know I'm one of the few but I only repack mine when I do a brake job.Horse trailer,TT, utility trailer and motorcycle trailer and have never had a bearing failure. Maybe I'm just stupid and lucky but my truck and cars don't get repacked often not sure why a trailer should be any different. Not saying I'm right but, "Ya tend to do what you've always done."
Me too. I've driven a few vehicles close to 100,000 miles without repacking the wheel bearings. Never had a failure. Ain't gonna change my thinking now.

This is the fourth trailer I've had with Dexter EZ Lube axles. Two of them, a 16' enclosed cargo, and my current boat trailer, I've changed the grease as Dexter recommends. Never blew a seal yet. Both were used when I got them, and not knowing their history, thought I would run new grease thru them. The boat trailer gets a salt water bath occasionally, so it'll get changed a few times.
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I was talking with a guy from Lippert today at my dealer and we were dissussing axles and I asked him about greasing. He told me you should do it once a year. You should also take the bearing and everything apart, inspect them and then handpack them. Don't rely on the zerk fittings because you don't know where the grease is going. Hope this helps.
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I was talking with a guy from Lippert today at my dealer and we were dissussing axles and I asked him about greasing. He told me you should do it once a year. You should also take the bearing and everything apart, inspect them and then handpack them. Don't rely on the zerk fittings because you don't know where the grease is going. Hope this helps.
With all due respect, Lippert does not manufacture the axle assemblies. They are designed and manufactured by Dexter. If I were pumping grease thru one, and the pump became hard to pump, I would definitely disassemble the hub. And, I would dare not use a pneumatic gun on the hubs. Here is a view of the hub assembly. http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/f/produ...-Lube_7-11.pdf

I would do what I was comfortable with. I am just personally comfortable with the system, and am a believer you will see more bearing failure from contamination and improper assembly than damaged seals.
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Looks like the preferences for bearing repacking is a personal thing. I check and repack every year and disassemble, clean, and put new seals in every 2 years. The first time I disassembled I found a bearing that looked terrible. Very rough with lots of pitting. Since it had lots of grease on it I must assume it came from the factory this way. I have since replaced all the Chinese bearings with Timken bearings.

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Thanks for the additional info Will, as one person says "it is personal oppinon on how you do it" I guess Iam comfortable with the E-Z lube for awhile, but still like to disassemble for inspection now and then.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:21 AM   #17
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Follow Dexter's instructions for the EZ Lube and you shouldn't run into problems.

Folks that have contaminated the brakes have admitted to using a power grease gun! My guess is most didn't rotate the wheel as the grease was applied either.
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I have no idea how you could contaminate your brakes if the service is done properly, by a qualified technician. The EZ lube axles release pressure thru the zerk end of the hub, and you must remove the rubber plug to access the zerk.
Now bearing buddies are a different setup, they are designed to keep a small amount of pressure in the hub to keep water out. They are used for boat trailers that are submerged in water at times.
As BipeFlier stated, follow manufacturers directions, and you will have success.
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Good luck with EZ lube I will only hand pack.
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