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Old 02-10-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Hey All,

Quick question. How often do the bearings need to be re-packed? I've got about 7,000kms on my Sunset Trail that I bought last year. So far only 1 season.

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Old 02-10-2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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Some will say yearly, others will say every other year. I do mine every other year, butI only tow about 3,000 mi a year. All these threads about bearings and seals have reminded me that I need to do mine this spring.....

I did do mine before my second season in it, just because at the time there were some threads going around about bearings not being properly packed from the factory so I did it for peace of mind...they were well packed and in good shape.Edited by: rock1424
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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I went like 4 years one one set that I only put a couple 1000 miles a year on, but I hadZerk fitting's on each one and yearly I would squirt just a little grease into each. Just a little, to keep some fresh in there--too much and you can bust the seal, then the grease spills out and getson everything. Ithink the standard suggestion is yearly, sounds to frequent to me but if it keeps one out of trouble it would be well worth it.

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Old 02-10-2012, 03:53 AM   #4
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I do mine every year but I am over doing it I am sure but it is a peace of mind thing. When I got my PP the dealer said every 2 would be great and some may say when did you last repack the bearings on the TV. I do it as I am getting all the other things done for the new camping season.

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Old 02-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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I've often wondered about this question. I see all kinds of threads saying to pack them every year or every other year, but really, how long do we go on our cars and pickups; much, much longer than every year or every other. So what's up with that? Why so often on the 5er? We bought our first 5er about a year ago, so I'm new at this maintenance schedule thing. Please, can someone tell me why a repack is required soooo often compared to other vehicles? Personally I'd like another reason than just the peace of mind thing. That is nice, but if it really isn't necessary until 10,000 miles or 20,000 miles I can't think of single good reason to do it before that. Does anyone really have some mechanical data to support a wheel re-pack schedule?

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #6
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Greg, I don't think anybody can give a "concrete" reason when to do a wheel bearing maintenance. I had a feeling to do mine the same year I got the rig. We were headed out west to WA. I was glad I did. The seals were leaking and the brake shoes were all contaminated with grease. I did it again two years ago. Everything was fine, but I replaced the grease seals anyway. I decided I had better look at them last week seeing as we plan to go to TX. in April. Glad I did. I have only pulled one drum so far. (waiting for it to warm up a little bit again) The Grease seal was starting to go bad on that wheel. After looking a little closer, I could see unusual wear on the ends of the bearings. So now I have a complete set of bearings, races, and grease seals sitting here waiting for warmer weather.
So, I guess as far as I'm concerned, it's easier, and cheaper to do it at home, then it would be do it on the side of the freeway. Plus you might end up ruining a spindle, and that would cost a lot more.
I know---our TV seem to go forever not needing it, but I believe they have a much better bearing, axle, and support for everything then what the trailer does.

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #7
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When you jack-knife a tandem axle trailer you put a lot more side thrust on the bearings and seals than you can ever put on the TV bearings. No two owners treat their trailers the same and even season to season, the same owner will 'abuse' the axles differently based on camp site conditions. Checking the bearings more often than the TV is preventative maintenance along with checking wear on the shoes and magnets, condition of the lug bolts, spring shackles, shackle bolts, etc.

On the other hand, there are EZ lube and Never lube options available today. I'm not sure if those bearings are designed any better to handle side thrust, designed better to prevent lube contamination from moisture/shoe dust or if the recommended maintenance schedule on standard bearings is just overkill.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #8
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I packed mine when I frist bought it and will do again at 15,000 miles or this year. I check and adjust breaks once each spring. Check grease seals and whole underneath at the same time.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:28 AM   #9
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I would think that with trailer tires and wheels not coming balanced from the factory it would really be bad for the bearings. I had new 16 inch wheels and tires installed on my Cruiser last year and made sure they were balanced. Re-packed bearings in the process.

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